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MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN

MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN

  • Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Starring Bijan Aalam, Tim Boxell, Axelle Carolyn
  • 2019 | 95mins | USA | rated (15)

Alexandre O. Philippe’s (The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus EIFF 2012; Doc of the Dead EIFF 2014) fascinating documentary explores the origins of Ridley Scott’s seminal 1979 sci-fi horror film and how it was shaped by the singular and collective vision of all involved, featuring a treasure trove of insights, reflections and trivia. From writer Dan O’Bannon’s original script Star Beast, to H. R. Giger’s startling designs, the influences of Egyptian and Greek mythology, Francis Bacon, Hieronymus Bosch and Joseph Conrad, and its subtle themes of imperialism, terrorism and political corruption, this is a riveting insight into the very art of moviemaking.