Week 4: Alice & Day of the Triffids

This Friday at SpockSoc we’re showing two miniseries – the specific order we’ll show them in will be decided on the night, either by popular demand or coin toss, whichever works better. =D Firstly, the latest British remake of Day of the Triffids, based on the book of the same name by John Wyndham. It was made by the BBC last year, written by ER and Law & Order writer Patrick Harbinson, and stars Dougray Scott, Joely Richardson and Eddie Izzard.

Secondly, Alice – the 2009 re-imagining of Alice in Wonderland made by the US SciFi Channel (and I ain’t calling them SyFy, cause that’s a silly name). It’s similar in genre to Tin Man, which we showed last year – Alice is to Alice in Wonderland as Tin Man is to Wizard of Oz. It has quite an all-star cast – lead by Caterina Scorsone as Alice, it also features Harry Dean Stanton, Tim Curry, Matt Frewer, Colm Meaney, Andrew-Lee Potts, Alessandro Juliani and Teryl Rothery.

SpockSoc is also changing rooms – for the rest of the weekly screenings this session we’ll be in the Rex Vowels theatre. It’s plenty big enough to hold the whole club, and it’s got tiered seating, so no more looking at the back of other peoples’ heads. There’ll be a map up on the website at some point before Friday, but Rex Vowels is on the back of the Electrical Engineering building (grid reference G17).

If you’re unsure where that is, the easiest way to find it would be to start from Quad G032 (our previous room) – head out the glass doors and turn right, then turn left immediately after passing the yellow plastic bags of building materials (which have been there for ages and will hopefully still be there on Friday) to pass between the Quad and ElecEng buildings. Rex Vowels lobby is straight ahead – I’ll have the banner up, so just walk forward until you see it. Just to be sure, I’ll stick a sign on the door to G032, and maybe some arrows on the ground to point the way.

We’re still starting at 5pm Friday as usual, with a pizza run at 7-ish. Feel free to bring friend. Yearly membership is $5, or a one-screening membership is $2.

Movie: Alice in Wonderland in 3D

SpockSoc’s first movie outing for 2010 will be this week. We’ll be going to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D at the Randwick Ritz – 7pm on Wednesday the 10th. We discussed it at the screening on Friday. Since it’s 3D, tickets cost $16 each, with an extra dollar if you don’t already have glasses – it’s the same regardless of the day of the week, so we’re going on Wednesday (as opposed to Tuesday as we usually do).

If you haven’t been to the Ritz before, here’s a map:


If the map didn’t work properly, it
ple of blocks directly East of the uni (East is uphill when you’re on campus). If you’re at uni already, your best bet is to walk up High Street until you hit Avoca, then angle right onto Belmore Road, and at the next intersection, angle further right onto Perouse Road. St Paul’s is left at the roundabout. You could also start from the other corner of the uni (behind the AGSM) and cut through the hospital – it’s a bit more direct, but it also involves cutting through the hospital.

If you’re catching the bus from elsewhere, the 372, 373, 376, 314 and 315 routes all stop just around the corner. The 370 stops a little further away, but it doesn’t run after about 7pm or so. Parking is… limited, unless you know the sneaky tricks, or park about three or four blocks away.

In any case, we’re going to meet up inside the lobby, in front of the doors to Cinema 1 (left of the ticket booths) starting from 6:30. Considering the slightly short notice, I won’t be collecting numbers beforehand – simply buy your own tickets, and SpockSoc will refund you $2 if you show me your membership card. I won’t wait much past the posted starting time of the movie, so don’t be late. =Þ

Incidentally, I won’t need to give out directions for future movie outings, so they won’t need to be quite so wordy. We’ll sometimes arrange to meet up for dinner, but the starting time for this particular movie makes it a little tricky – we might head out for food afterwards if people are interested.) =)