FILM fans are being promised an out-of-this-world day of talks, music and art celebrating 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The centre for film, television and screen studies at Bangor University is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the the classic film at Pontio on Saturday, June 16.

The event, 2001: Beyond 50, will feature global experts and people who worked on the 1968 film, directed by Stanley Kubrick.

The film itself will be screened and visitors will be able to view props and artwork and there will be a concert featuring film music.

One of the speakers, Joy Cuff, claims her “most memorable” project was working with Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey, designing and constructing the moonscapes.

She was also a sculptor on the Thunderbirds series, making the puppet heads of ‘baddies’ in plasticine and is a volunteer at the Kubrick Archives in London.

During the event, experts will explore 2001’s artistic, philosophical, psychological, religious and scientific legacies and its impact on culture and technology.

The event is open to all, and organisers are keen to encourage the local community to take part.

The British Association for American Studies is providing bursaries to subsidise the cost of registration for those on a low income, unwaged, or disadvantaged.

Event co-ordinator Dr Nathan Abrams, professor in film studies, at the University of Bangor's school of creative studies and media, said: “As far as I know, this is the only event of its kind taking place in the UK celebrating this landmark film’s anniversary.

"It’s exciting to host some of the people who worked on the film in Bangor and hear their experiences.

"Without 2001, there would be no Star Wars, Matrix or any other science fiction movie you can think of.”

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