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Digital Dystopias is a film, performance and literary festival that explores how digital technology is changing society and increasingly shaping our lives. This five-day festival (10-14th February) includes six spectacular films (including two Hull premieres) shown in full surround sound and on the big screen in Hull’s newest and most impressive auditorium: Middleton Hall.

It includes installations from some of Hull’s digital pioneers, it includes digital performances and virtual reality installations, and it includes talks and Q&As with some of the world’s leading experts on privacy, surveillance and artificial intelligence. Come and imagine your virtual future at this major City of Culture Festival.

Ex Machina

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Friday 10 Feb – Middleton Hall, 7pm

Domhnall Gleeson stars as a programmer invited to spend a week with a billionaire (Oscar Isaac) and the android Ava (Alicia Vikander) he has created.

Panel – Dystopias Today: Imagining Our Virtual Futures in a Post-Orwellian World – 6pm

2001: A Space Odyssey

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Saturday 11 Feb – Middleton Hall, 2pm

Stanley Kubrick’s epic 1968 movie, written in collaboration with Arthur C. Clarke, which tells the story of a voyage to Jupiter, and a fight for control of that voyage between its human crew and the vessel’s computer, Hal.

Panel – TBC

A Good American

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Sunday 12 Feb – Middleton Hall, 2pm

Gripping docu-thriller about a ground-breaking surveillance programme, the brilliant mastermind behind it and how a perfect alternative to mass surveillance was killed by NSA-management for money – three weeks prior to 9/11.

Panel – Ex-MI5 Agent and Whistleblower Annie Machon Q&A – 4pm


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Sunday 12 Feb – Middleton Hall, 5pm

Oliver Stone returns to the biopic genre to tell the story of the former CIA employee who leaked classified information and made the public aware of global programmes of surveillance.

Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World

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Monday 13 Feb – Middleton Hall, 7pm

The acclaimed director Werner Herzog’s latest documentary goes in search of today technology’s bleeding edge, exploring the social media, robotics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things. A Hull premiere. Not to be missed.

Panel – Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age – 6pm


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Tuesday 14 Feb – Middleton Hall, 7pm

Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, “Her” follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people.

Panel – Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence and Us – 6pm

Special offer: see all six films in the Digital Dystopias film festival for only £20. Book your tickets here.


Middleton Hall
University of Hull
Cottingham Road
01482 465341


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