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Quatermass and the Pit • presented by Science Fiction Theatre

The Prince Charles Cinema
Event organized by The Prince Charles Cinema

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Quatermass and the Pit presented by Science Fiction Theatre
with pre-film Talk • 50th Anniversary

DIRECTED BY: Roy Ward Baker
STARRING: James Donald, Andrew Keir, Barbara Shelley
Year: 1967 • Length: 98 mins • Country: UK • Certification: (12A) Format: Digital

When prehistoric skeletons are discovered during an expansion of the London Underground, palaeontologist Matthew Roney (James Donald) believes them to be remnants of early man. But the strange metal object found with them is tougher to explain, and Professor Bernard Quatermass (Andrew Keir) thinks it evidence that the creatures came from space. More digging in the area reveals the corpses of actual Martians and a strange energy field that sends London into a panic...

"One of the high points of Hammer's film production, and a worthy addition to the cannon of films and TV realisations of the products of Nigel Kneale's probing, prescient imagination"
- Film4

"A startlingly original script by Nigel Kneale that mixes sci-fi, black magic and ancient history to devastating effect"
- Radio Times

"The brilliant pre-Von Daniken anthropological theme of Kneale's script still guarantees interest"
- Time Out London


Before the screening, Andy Murray, author of ‘Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale’, will explore the genesis of Professor Bernard Quatermass and the many TV serials and spin-off cinematic incarnations that bear his name.