2001: A Space Odyssey

The big screen return of Stanley Kubrick’s spectacular, transcendent epic – in cinemas from 28 November 2014.

Watch the official new trailer for Kubrick's masterpiece.

Philosophically ambitious, technically innovative and visually stunning, Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi epic is frequently cited in polls as one of the finest films ever made.

Co-written by the director and novelist Arthur C Clarke, the film charts the progress of ‘civilisation’ through the influence of mysterious black monoliths on prehistoric apes developing their skills and, later, on astronauts involved in a secret mission to Jupiter. Characteristic of Kubrick’s interest in evolution and artificial intelligence (most notably in the astronauts’ battle of wits with troublesome computer HAL 9000), the film also displays his desire for technical perfection: Geoffrey Unsworth’s camerawork, Douglas Trumbull’s pioneering effects and the production design remain enormously impressive to this day. But what’s perhaps most striking is the audacity of the measured, largely dialogue-free storytelling, with Kubrick allowing the judiciously chosen music (Ligeti, Khachaturian, the two Strausses) and the crisp, balletic beauty of the images to work their spell. A cinematic milestone, and a huge influence on the development of the sci-fi genre.

Geoff Andrew

The UK-wide release of 2001: A Space Odyssey is part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder, our major celebration of film and TV’s original blockbuster genre, from October to December 2014.


18 November
Leeds Town Hall (Leeds FF)

20 November
Eye Cinema Galway

From 28 November
BFI Southbank

30 November
Curzon Cinema Canterbury

28 November-3 December
Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

28 November-4 December
Glasgow Film Theatre
Lighthouse Dublin
Cornerhouse Manchester
Ritzy Brixton
Hackney Picturehouse
Clapham Picturehouse
Greenwich Picturehouse
Watershed Bristol
IFI Dublin
Cameo Edinburgh
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse
Cinema City Norwich Picturehouse
Picturehouse at FACT Liverpool
Picturehouse NMM Bradford
Tyneside Newcastle
Belmont Aberdeen
QFT Belfast

4 December
Savoy Penzance
Cineworld Aberdeen Union Square
Cineworld Ashford
Cineworld Aldershot
Cineworld Ashton Under Lyne
Cineworld Broad St Birmingham
Cineworld Bolton
Cineworld Cardiff
Cineworld Crawley
Cineworld Dublin
Cineworld Edinburgh
Cineworld Enfield
Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew St.
Cineworld Newport
Cineworld Nottingham
Cineworld Sheffield
Cineworld Stevenage
Cineworld Wandsworth
Cineworld West India Quay

5 December
Giant Screen Cinema, Birmingham
Richard Booths Bookshop Hay-on-Wye
Filmhouse Edinburgh
No. 6 Portsmouth

7 December
Quad Derby
Vue Dublin (Eire cert TBC)
Vue Thanet
Vue York

7, 9 December
Vue Birmingham Star City
Vue Bolton
Vue Bristol Cribbs
Vue Bury the Rock
Vue Camberley
Vue Cheshire Oaks
Vue Cramlington
Vue Croydon Purley
Vue Dublin (Eire cert TBC)
Vue Edinburgh Omni
Vue Exeter
Vue Finchley Road
Vue Gateshead
Vue Halifax
Vue Islington
Vue Leamington Spa
Vue Leeds Light
Vue Manchester Lowry
Vue Norwich
Vue Oxford
Vue Piccadilly
Vue Plymouth
Vue Portsmouth
Vue Reading
Vue Romford
Vue Southport
Vue Stratford
Vue Swansea
Vue Watford
Vue Westfield White City
Vue York

12 December
Theatr Gwaun, Fishguard
Charlotte Street Hotel

20 December
Ipswich Film Theatre

27 December
Dukes Lancaster

28 December
Curzon Mondrian

30 December
Oxford Picturehouse
City Screen York
Abbeygate Cinema
Harbour Lights Southampton
Brighton (Dukes at Komedia)
Stratford East Picturehouse
Stratford Upon Avon Picturehouse
Little Theatre Bath Picturehouse
Regal Henley
Exeter Picturehouse
Cameo Edinburgh
Gate Notting Hill


1 January
Ultimate Picture Palace Oxford

4 January
New Park Chichester

5 January
Haverhill Arts Centre

17 January
Prince Charles Cinema

23 January
Plough Arts Centre Torrington

28 January
South Hill Park, Bracknell

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