Fri 31 Oct 2014 by Becky Mulvaney

“Citizenfour is a gripping record of how our rulers are addicted to gaining more and more power and control over us – if we let them.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian CITIZENFOUR, Laura Poitras’ gripping documentary about whilstleblower Edward Snowden, is released UK wide this Fri 31 Oct. It is by far the most unsettling […]



Tue 14 Oct 2014 by Becky Mulvaney

Watch the Skies! was the first ever cinematic event at Jodrell Bank Observatory and we hope it set the bar for any future screenings beneath the iconic Lovell Telescope. The weekend was a tremendous success (despite the cold!) and we would like to thank everyone who came wrapped up and ready to experience something a […]


Jodrell Bank Calling

Fri 03 Oct 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: ,

As part of the Watch the Skies! sci-fi weekend we commissioned Soup Collective to produce a film which transverses Jodrell Bank’s rich historic background and reinvents the surviving transcript from Kubrick’s lost 2001: A Space Odyssey prologue, which featured an interview with the pioneering creator of the observatory Sir Bernard Lovell. Aptly named Jodrell Bank Calling, […]


The Kubrick Connection

Mon 29 Sep 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: , ,

“It would, I think, be true to say that amongst many scientists there is a belief that life must be widespread in the universe” – Sir Bernard Lovell Abandon Normal Devices is excited to announce that Anthony Frewin, personal assistant to Director Stanley Kubrick for over two decades and representative of the Kubrick Estate, will […]


The Science Fair

Sun 28 Sep 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: , ,

As part of our Watch the Skies! weekend we want you to meet scientists from across The University of Manchester and take the chance to discuss their weird and wonderful work – from taking a virtual reality walk inside a space station, to escaping the leafy-teeth of carnivorous plants. Responding to key themes from our […]

Lovell-sunset (c) Anthony Holloway

Coaches for Watch the Skies!

Tue 23 Sep 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: ,

Our sci-fi extravaganza Watch the Skies! is less than two weeks away and we want to make it as easy as possible for you to join us at Jodrell Bank Observatory for this historic cinematic event. So, whether you’re travelling from Chorley, Glasgow, London or Paris you can now book return tickets for a coach […]


Oneohtrix Point Never & New Media Art

Tue 16 Sep 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: ,

Daniel Lopatin, aka experimental musician Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN), will be arriving in the UK next month to premiere his original live soundtrack for Koji Morimoto’s Magnetic Rose at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Forming part of our Watch the Skies! weekend, this new commission will augment the operatic sci-fi visuals of one of Japan’s most accomplished anime […]


Are we the relief workers of the new collapse?

Fri 22 Aug 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: ,

“Can the slow-moving revolution we’re living through be won by those who can overthrow the increasingly elaborate systems of fear-mongering via the making and sustaining of clarity?” - Lucky Pierre Co-opting the “free” on-line course model of corporatized higher education, Lucky Pierre as L.P.F.U will lead the workshop:  “The Sky Is Falling. The Money’s All Gone.” […]


AND Hack #1: Lightning Talks

Tue 15 Jul 2014 by Becky Mulvaney, Tags: ,

We invited a range of speakers from across the UK and beyond to introduce, inspire and share their industry insights with us for our #filmdatahack.  Below are the audio versions of their talks, covering everything from torrenting trends, open data politics and pop-up cinema maps, to the intricacies of predicting what devices people will be using […]