SAT 11 OCT – ‘Modern Times’ (U)

Part of BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

Doors open 7:15 for a 7:45 start.

One shilling on the door!


75 years ago the cinema at Stromness Town Hall (then situated in Hellihole Road) screened Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’. To celebrate the anniversary, West Side Cinema will bring the film back as part of the British Film Institute’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder.

As it’s an anniversary, we feel like celebrating with a special ticket price of one shilling, the price charged 75 years ago. That’s right, it will only cost you one shilling – you’ll need to work out what that is in today’s money!

And as it’s part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder we’d like you to dress up within the theme of SCI-FI/Chaplin. There will be prizes for the best dressed.

Modern Times

Charlie Chaplin and science fiction may not seem an obvious link, but look a little deeper and you’ll see themes and comments on automation, big business, and the risk of humanity lost within it.

Apparently inspired by a conversation with Mahatma Gandhi, in which the Indian leader spoke of “machinery with only consideration of profit”, Chaplin’s life in the factory is like a checklist of dystopian tropes, some of which even preceded George Orwell’s seminal 1984, while sitting comfortably next to the slightly earlier, pioneering visuals of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.


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BFI’s Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder is a three-month celebration of film and television’s original blockbuster genre and will include over 1,000 screenings at over 200 locations across the UK in one of the largest and most ambitious sci-fi seasons ever created.



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