Film enthusiasts interested in space exploration or the Cold War era can rejoice as Salisbury International Arts Festival presents an impressive programme to mark 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and 50 years since the moon landings.

Films themed around the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall include Richard Burton in ‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ on Saturday, May 25, Robert Wise’s 1951 film ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ featuring an alien telling humans to live together peacefully on Friday, May 31 and a screening of Raymond Briggs’ animated classic ‘When the Wind Blows’ about a couple preparing for a nuclear attack on Saturday, June 1.

Space race themed movies include ‘Sergio & Sergei’, loosely based on a true story and telling the tale of an unlikely friendship between a stranded astronaut and a philosophy professor, on Saturday, May 25; documentary ‘Being Neil Armstrong’ which seeks to find the truth about the man who first walked on the moon on Sunday, May 26; and ‘Cosmic Voyage’ – with live accompaniment by TV and radio’s Neil Brand – about an elderly scientist who builds his own rocket and flies to the moon and back showing on Saturday, June 8.

Contemporary films include ‘First Man’ on Friday, June 7 starring Ryan Gosling as the quiet aviation engineer turned astronaut Neil Armstrong and Disney Pixar film Wall*E on Thursday, May 30 about a waste collecting robot left to clean up the mess when humans desert the earth.

Tickets to all films are on sale now and can be booked by calling Ticket Sales on 01722 320333 or by visiting


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