AV FESTIVAL 06: FILMS
Thu 2 March 2006 – Sun 12 March 2006

The AV Festival 06 film programme included 29 screenings of features, shorts, and documentaries, in venues across Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough.

Cinema has played a central role in our visions of the future, showing us images of artificially intelligent robots on such a regular basis that the notion of lifelike technology became almost commonplace. This vision of lifelike technology is reflected in classics like Blade Runner and The Stepford Wives.

The Festival also explored how biotechnology, genetic engineering and cloning have altered the way we imagine life. This depiction of a genetically designed life is shown in films such as Gattaca, Able Edwards and Code 46, whilst the documentary reality of biotechnology is shown in Marching Plague.


Critical Art Ensemble: Marching Plague

Sat 4 March 2006, 6.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

The film Marching Plague is Critical Art Ensemble’s newest work and a powerful critique of UK-US bio-weapons research...more


Richard Fenwick: What I Know About Stem Cells

Sat 4 March 2006, 5pm

Tyneside Cinema

AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of a newly commissioned film by Richard Fenwick. What I Know About Stem Cells...more


Richard Fenwick: Artificial Worlds V.3.0

Sat 11 March 2006, 7.30pm

Middlesbrough Empire

AV Festival 06 presented the world premiere of a stunning new film by Richard Fenwick, one of a generation of new filmmakers...more


Various Artists: LifeLike Short Films

Sat 4 March 2006, 3pm

Tyneside Cinema

This fascinating selection of recent digital film and animation work responds to the AV Festival 06 theme. Including motion...more



Star & Shadow Short Films

Tue 7 March 2006, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The seven works in this short programme range from films that engage with biotechnology, videos that use new media to represent biological and...more


Ishiro Honda: Gojira / Godzilla

Thu 9 March 2006, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

In 2005 the BFI gave the original uncut Japanese Godzilla (Gojira) its first-ever UK release, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the first atomic...more


James Whale: Frankenstein

Wed 8 March 2006, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster from various posthumous ‘donors’ and combines them into a creature, to which he wishes to bestow life. The film...more


Woody Allen: Sleeper

Sat 11 March 2006, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Woody Allen stars as Miles Monroe, a health-food store owner and clarinet player who walks into a hospital for minor treatment, falls into a coma...more



David Cronenberg: eXistenZ

Tue 7 March 2006, 7.30pm

Kino Middlesbrough

Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the world’s leading games designer. Her new virtual reality game ‘eXistenZ’ links players to the game by a...more


David Cronenberg: Shivers

Wed 8 March 2006, 7.30pm

Kino Middlesbrough

Though he made a huge splash in 2005 with his acclaimed A History of Violence, Cronenberg’s reputation was built on a string of truly strange and...more


Ridley Scott: Blade Runner

Fri 10 March 2006, 8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Ridley Scott’s seminal take on Phillip K Dick’s story has influenced filmmakers, advertisers, fashion designers and architects. Harrison Ford is the...more


Andrew Niccol: Gattaca

Sun 5 March 2006, 1pm

Tyneside Cinema

Vincent (Ethan Hawke) is one of the last natural babies born into a genetically-enhanced world. It’s a society where health and achievement in life is...more



Michael Winterbottom: Code 46

Mon 6 March 2006, 6.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

In a near future, in a world ruled by a totalitarian government, checking of the genetic code is mandatory for any type of possible relationship between man...more


Zak Penn: Incident at Loch Ness

Thu 9 March 2006, 8pm

Thornhill Park Cinema

Nothing is quite as it seems in this witty pseudo-documentary. Conceived and directed by Hollywood screenwriter Zak Penn (author of The Last...more


Graham Robertson: Able Edwards

Wed 8 March 2006, 8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Able Edwards explores one of the Festival’s key themes – cloning. Set in a future where a virus has wiped out life on Earth, the last...more


Roland Emmerich: Godzilla

Sat 11 March 2006, 3pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Godzilla (or Gojira in Japanese) is perhaps one of the most enduring ‘creature features’ of all-time. The 1998 Hollywood version is...more



Alejandro Amenabar: Abre Los Ojos / Open Your Eyes

Sun 5 March 2006, 8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Alejandro Amenábar’s labyrinthine film, famously remade into the Hollywood blockbuster Vanilla Sky, starring Tom Cruise, is a...more


Andrew Niccol: S1m0ne

Sun 5 March 2006, 8pm

Tyneside Cinema

Andrew Niccol places Hollywood’s collective paranoia and shallowness under scrutiny with this satire about a computer generated actress. When the heroine...more


Charly Cantor: Blood

Mon 6 March 2006, 7.30pm

Kino Middlesbrough

In a contemporary subversion of the Bride of Frankenstein tale, this film depicts a scientist named Carl, who genetically engineers Lix, a girl with...more


John Frankenheimer: Seconds

Tue 7 March 2006, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

John Frankenheimer made Seconds as the concluding film in his 'paranoia trilogy', following The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Seven Days in May (1964)...more



Byung-chun Min: Natural City

Fri 10 March 2006, 10.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Billing itself as an unofficial sequel to Blade RunnerNatural City picks up on the story set out in the original and takes it in a familiar direction...more


Kazuaki Kiriya: Casshern

Sat 11 March 2006, 4pm

Tyneside Cinema

Casshern is set late in the 21st century. After 50 years of devastating war between Europa and the Eastern Federation, the latter has emerged victorious...more


Bryan Forbes: The Stepford Wives

Sat 4 March 2006, 5pm

Tyneside Cinema

This cult movie is a classic of seventies sci-fi. Joanna Eberhart arrives in the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut...more


Frank Marshall: Arachnophobia

Sun 12 March 2006, 2pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

The film begins when a deadly poisonous spider hitches a ride (inside the coffin of a deceased photographer) from its home...more



Steve Sekely: The Day of the Triffids

Sun 12 March 2006, 3.30pm

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

This sci-fi classic starts as a shower of meteorites produces a glow that blinds anyone that looks at it...more


Jim O'Connolly: Valley of the Gwangi

Sat 4 March 2006, 12pm

Tyneside Cinema

Halfway between Rio Bravo and Jurassic Park, this feature classic is brought to life by the stop-action special effects talents of...more


Brad Bird: Iron Giant

Sat 4 March 2006, 10am

Tyneside Cinema

This wonderful family film is based upon the 1968 story, Iron Man by the British poet laureate, Ted Hughes. The film is about a giant metal machine...more


Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha: Robots

Sat 11 March 2006, 12pm

Tyneside Cinema

In a world populated solely by mechanical beings, Rodney Copperbottom, the son of a dish washing robot, sets off for...more



Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly: Osmosis Jones

Sat 11 March 2006, 10am

Tyneside Cinema

Frank Pepperidge (Bill Murray) has an incredibly unhealthy diet. Inside Frank, his body is waging war to keep him healthy. Osmosis...more