June 2013: Farenheit 451

f451Sunday 2nd June 2013
East Oxford Community Centre

Doors 7pm
Main feature 7.30pm
Close 10pm


Join us on Sunday 2nd to watch François Truffaut’s film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s distopian novel in which books are banned and the fire brigade starts fires rather than puts them out.

Starring Julie Christie, Oskar Werner and Cyril Cusack, Farenheit 451 looks at topics including resistance to conformity and the use of mass media and technology to control individuals, influencing society and suppressing individualism.  Farenheit 451 was published in 1953 and the film adaptation is from 1996, but the themes tackled and the questions raised are perhaps even more prevalent today than they were 60 years ago as through technology it’s now more possible to monitor citizens and control what they read and ultimately what they think.

We’ll be showing some short films from citizen journalists around the world from 7pm.  Main film starts at 7.30pm, discussion of topics raised in the film afterwards and a strict 10pm finish, adjourning to The Star in Rectory Road for a refreshing beverage and further discussions afterwards.

August 2011: In search of the hackers

Please note change of date to SUNDAY 7TH AUGUST due to clash with Cowley Road Carnival after party at the community centre. There will consequently be no showing in July.

Who are these people that call themselves hackers? Those that believe that technology exists to be appropriated and subverted for whatever purpose? Those who oppose corporate control over inventions? If you part with good money for something, is it not yours to do what you will with it? Not according to the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Sony and their ilk…
For August’s screening we’ll be showing two films from Germany and from Spain: ‘Hippies from Hell‘ and ‘Looking for Hackers‘ (En busca de hackers) and inviting debate on discussion about whether the technology can make us free, if we know how and why to take advantage of it…..


Doors 7pm, films start 7.20pm, close 10pm
OARC, upstairs @ East Oxford Community Centre, OX4 1DD
Suggested donation of £2-3 on door.

Help promote this event by downloading, printing and posting the OARC “In Search of the Hackers” screening poster/flyer