The Visit (Dir. Michael Madsen, 2015, indicative rating 12, 90 mins)

This summer the Floating Cinema's London programme, is set to journey beyond earth, to explore our relationship with outer space; from imagined alternative worlds and the historical race for space travel to alien invasion! An immersive space odyssey, the Extra-Terrestrial programme will include open air screenings of sci-fi cult classics, a summer space school and a series of on-board talks which bring together scientists, writers and enthusiasts. Weaving between the absurd and the factual, this exciting programme will offer a timely commentary on contemporary issues surrounding the Earth's sustainability, the commodification of space and what it is to be an ‘alien’.

18.00 – 19.00
Einstein goes to Hollywood: the science, and science fiction, of relativity

Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which celebrates its centenary in 2015, describes gravity as a curving of space and time.  This mind-bending idea now underpins some of the very latest cutting-edge science and technology – from GPS satellites to dark matter and dark energy – but sounds as if it belongs in the realms of science fiction.  Join astronomer, Professor Martin Hendry, on board for a journey through Einstein’s Universe as portrayed on the silver screen and what this holds in store for the Earth’s future!

Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow.  He is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a global network of more than 900 scientists leading the search of gravitational waves – the “ripples in spacetime” predicted by Einstein’s theories.  He is a passionate enthusiast for communicating science to schools and the public and in 2015 he was awarded the MBE for his services to public understanding of science.

Tickets: £5.00 / cons

18.30 – 20.30
WORKSHOP Sunup to sundown: Watch the sky reveal its true colours as the day turns to night with astronomer, with writer and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Paul Hill.

Join us for canal-side sky-gazing activities. Using his sun-viewing equipment Paul will inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the universe, whilst also demystifying the effects of the sun on our planet. As the sun goes down Paul will lead a star- spotting workshop; picking out the galaxies and planets high above our London skyline.

Paul Hill is an elected fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, co-presenter and writer of the popular Awesome Astronomy podcast, committee member of the world famous Baker Street Irregular Astronomers and has appeared on BBC News and The Sky at Night to discuss a range of astronomy and space issues. This event is co-curated by artist collective super/collider.

Tickets: free, booking essential

20.30 – 22. 00
Open air screening of The Visit (Dir. Michael Madsen, 2015, indicative rating 12, 90 mins) Trailer

For over a century, human kind have been dreaming of the day we would see the arrival of aliens to Earth. This documentary film presents a hypothetical scenario to experts from around the world who have already dedicated their lives to preparing for such an event. The Visit shows how government agencies try to cope with human mankind's first contact with alien life to offer a philosophical exploration of our fear of strangers through the ultimate threat to our self-image.

Tickets: free, booking essential

Venue and Booking Info

Floating Cinema Open Air Weekender:
Others on Earth Day 3
Sun 23 Aug 2015, 6pm
Booking essential

Riverside Green
Three Mills Lane
London E3 3DU