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Introduction by Dr Mark Bould, University of the West of England

About the film

In this Zemeckis-directed adaptation of the Carl Sagan novel, Dr Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with an extra-terrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with restrictive National Security Advisor Kitz (James Woods) and questions on faith and religion with Pastor Joss (Matthew McConaughey). An incredible message is found hidden in the signal, but will Arroway be the one to answer its call?

About the speaker

Mark Bould teaches Film Studies and Literature at UWE Bristol. He co-edits the journal Science Fiction Film and Television and the book series Studies in Global Science Fiction. His most recent books are the BFI classic Solaris (2014) and Illuminating the Object: Critical Essays on M. John Harrison (2017). He is currently working on a book about climate change in popular fiction and film. 

A copy of Dr Bould's introductory text can be found here.