Enjoy the best science stories cinema has to offer.

It didn't take long for the medium of film to evolve from movies about moving trains to cinematic voyages to the moon — and, in terms of the tales told, it hasn't stopped there. By watching the silver screen, audiences can venture to the cargo spaceship Nostromo and meet its chest-bursting inhabitants, witness a friendly extra-terrestrial try to phone home and see an Iranian teenager reach for the stars. Yes, movies are pretty magical like that.

Alien (and Aliens), E.T. and documentary Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars are all on lineup at Science Frontiers, the Gallery of Modern Art's film program for the World Science Festival Brisbane, of course. So is the genetically determined future seen in Gattaca, real-life Hadron Collider action in Particle Fever, and the inspiring Oscar-nominated true tale that is Hidden Figures. Or, take a trip through time with Primer, and into space with Interstellar.

Hearing Brad Pitt's voice talk through the birth and death of the known universe is also a highlight, courtesy of the Terrence Malick-directed doco Voyage of Time. And then there's the extra-special sci-fi treat that'll thrill fans of David Bowie and his filmmaker son Duncan Jones. First, watch the latter's excellent Sam Rockwell-starring effort Moon, and then see just how otherworldly the former was in The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Published on March 20, 2017 by Sarah Ward

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