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Friday Night Films

Aelita: The Queen of Mars

Film still from Aelita

Film still from Aelita

Mary O

Mary O'Connor

Film still from Aelita
Mary O

Film still from Aelita

FLUX / Heritage Open Days Event
Aelita: The Queen of Mars
with live musical score by Mary O’Connor 

Dir:  Yakov Protazanov / 111 mins / Cert PG (recommended 8+)


Friday 13 September 2013

7pm / £5 (concessions £3) Pre-book on 01908 676 900 


This free screening, courtesy  of Heritage Open Days 2013, is an early Soviet silent science fiction film featuring futurist Martian film sets.


Aelita begins with the receipt of a message that perplexes scientists except the dedicated Russian engineer Los and his colleague Spirindinov who, eventually, recognise it as a message from Mars. Los dreams of visiting that distant world and, on Mars, Aelita, daughter of the tyrant Tuskub, watches Los with growing desire. Los builds a rocket to fly to Mars and there he leads a workers’ revolution, but it is betrayed by the aristocratic Aelita, who encourages the revolt but then, having disposed of her father, installs herself as the supreme ruler of Mars. 




Mary O’Connor gained a BA(Hons) at Dartington where she majored in performance and studied violin with Oliver Butterworth. She taught violin and piano for many years, entering classroom music teaching in 2005. During this time she became increasingly interested in the approach of Jaques Dalcroze which tied together her skills as a musician, contemporary dancer and silent film accompanist. In 2008 Mary started her training as a Dalcroze Eurhythmics teacher with Karin Greenhead, Cyrilla Rowsell and Jacqueline Vann.  As well as currently teaching Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Junior Guildhall, Mary teaches Dalcroze Eurhythmics and classroom music in a West London prep school and works as a freelance composer and silent film accompanist.

September 2013


What are Friday Night Films?

A pop up cinema offering an alternative film experience!  Devised by Independent Cinema MK in association with MK Gallery. Enjoy new releases, cult classics, special events,
screen talks and curated film seasons – all for £5 (£3 concs.). Our screen bar provides modestly priced wine, beer, tea, coffee and soft drinks – with a complimentary one for every pre-booker.



Download the PDF of the full programme here