Space Brains festival to bring a galaxy of sci-fi knowledge to Mandurah


Sci-fi masterminds from across the galaxy are coming soon to Mandurah.

The inaugural Space Brains Science Fiction Film Festival will be held in Mandurah on election day, May 21, featuring multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed industry experts who present workshops and share their wisdom.

Filmmaker Ben Young will return to his home state to present a filmmaking workshop as part of the festival and globally renowned sci-fi author and scriptwriter Amanda Bridgeman will be teaching a writing workshop.

The festival will also see the highly acclaimed environmental scientist and author HM Waugh teach a science workshop.

The duo behind the festival and the Space Brains podcast, Surrey Hughes and Mark Regan will host a podcasting workshop.

Mr Regan, who is also a filmmaker, said Space Brains Productions aimed to elevate and promote the creative arts in Mandurah.

“We want to promote local filmmakers and writers to allow fellow Western Australians the chance to learn and grow,” he said.

Mr Hughes, who moonlights as a sci-fi author, said science fiction was “not just exciting” but could also help society aspire for a better future.

“By having amazing local creatives pass on their knowledge, we can ensure WA and Mandurah have a place in that future,” he said.

Audiences will also get the chance to walk the red carpet, mingle with celebrities, directors, authors, actors and film crew after the workshops and before watching an array of short sci-fi films.

The event will be held from 11am to 6.30pm on May 21 at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

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