Space Rocks: Oscar and Bafta award winner, Paul Franklin, has now entered the amazing roster

A huge name in the world in cinematics, among others, have joined the day-long event celebrating space and arts on 21 September 2019


The award-winning Space Rocks is delighted to announce exciting new panellists to this year’s event, which through their incredible work have become a gateway for many a scientist and beyond to fall in love with all things Space – one of Hollywood’s leading VFX designers, double Oscar and Bafta award-winning Paul Franklin. Others to join the exciting day of events are the musical headliners Anathema with a special, ESA-inspired set with multimedia artist Kristina Pulejkova.

Space Rocks returns to indigo at The O2 on the 21 September 2019. A day-long festival of space exploration presented in association with the European Space Agency (ESA), is broken into three sections. Session one and two will once again be hosted by renowned science broadcaster Dallas Campbell, who will be introducing some of the most inspirational and talented people from the worlds of space exploration, art, music, and film for a unique celebration of the great beyond. Already confirmed for the event are ESA astronaut Tim Peake, Planetary scientist & BBC2’s Astronauts winner Suzie Imber, ESA rocket scientist Kate Underhill and BBC Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott.

Session three is all about live music. Headliners Anathema will be playing a one-off set in collaboration with globally celebrated Somerset House resident multimedia artist Kristina Pulejkova, and the European Space Agency who have given exclusive access to their entire visual data archive to create never before seen visuals. Anathema founder and lead singer Vincent Cavanagh is developing a special set-list for the show that will dove-tail with Pulejkova video art presentation. Also performing in session three is the acclaimed violinist and composer Anna Phoebe, genre-defying Amplifier and cosmic rockers Voyager.

Tickets are available now by clicking here.

Paul Franklin’s incredible career in movies and Visual FX (VFX) is one that speaks for itself. He is one of the founders and the Creative Director of DNEG, one of the world’s leading companies in visual effects who have won an Oscar for Best VFX four times in the last five years. He is, without doubt, one of Hollywood’s most respected people in VFX and whose vision and imagination has helped make some of the most memorable moments in cinematic history.

He has personally won and been nominated for multiple awards. His first Oscar win was in 2011 for Best Achievement in Visual Effects and also picked up a Bafta for Best Special Visual for the film Inception, he then repeated the feat in 2014 with Interstellar again picking up these two acclaimed gongs. On top of this, he has also received an Oscar nomination for his work on Batman The Dark Knight (2008), which was also nominated for a Bafta. He has also received Bafta nominations for Batman Begins (2006), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

Outside of the Academy Awards and Bafta, he has won three and been nominated for two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA. He also won two Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award, a Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award and a St. Louis Film Critics Association US Award. It doesn’t finish there, as he also holds two – and been nominated for – two Gold Derby Awards, has won and been nominated for both International Online Film Critics’ Poll Award and an Online Film & Television Association Award and has been nominated for four Satellite Awards, an International Online Cinema Award (INOCA) and to top it off, a Seattle Film Critics Award.

Paul Franklin says, “The wonder of space exploration has provided a rich source of inspiration to filmmakers ever since George Méliès made “La Voyage dans la Lune” in 1902 and in return filmmakers have been inspiring scientists, astronauts and astronomers ever since.  My own personal filmmaking journey started with the Apollo moon landings which instilled a desire to explore new worlds of the imagination and to make my own small part of cinema history.“

Space Rocks’ inaugural bash saw it winning Event Of The Year at the Prog Music Awards and was also nominated by the British Interplanetary Society for a Sir Arthur Clarke award – both hugely prestigious honours. 2019 is an incredibly important year in exploration; everyone can be excited by the events of the past and the future. Space Rocks will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing, Apollo 11, as well as looking onward to humans’ return to the Moon, a first-time human visit to Mars and what is beyond the Solar System. The panel will also contemplate what space science can do in tackling the problems on Earth, such as the climate crisis.

Space Rocks takes place at the indigo at The O2 in London on Saturday 21 September 2019. Book your tickets now! For updates follow Space Rocks on Twitter and Facebook

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