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Grading Blade Runner: The art of predicting the future

Track:
TV & Movies
What:
Panel
When:
3:00 PM, Monday 22 Apr 2019 (1 hour)
Where:
Admiralty Gulf
How:
Discussion:
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Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner was set in the year 2019. Now that the real world has caught up with the fictional, how accurate was the film’s depiction of life in the 21st century? Where did the writers, designer and director manage to forecast the real challenges and culture of 2019, and where did they shoot wildly off-target? Looking further afield, which science fiction texts have predicted the future with the most accuracy – and which have failed by the greatest margin?