The Bigger Picture: Alien and (work)space horror
Ridley Scott's space slasher, Alien, was released 40 years ago this September. To celebrate Anna and Hen dive into the film, wriggle around its inner-workings and burst out the other side. We're looking at what influenced Alien, what effect it had on screen culture and why it stills scares the bejusus out of viewers to this day. Plus! Inspired by Charles Dixon-Graham's piece for BFI.org, we talk about Alien as workplace drama, Anna unpacks the Netflix series Russian doll and Hen tells an involved story about the time he trod on a sea urchin. True body horror.
The Bigger Picture, presented by the BFI, is...
BFI Southbank Programmer Anna Bogutskaya
BFI Digital editor Henry Barnes
Producer Peter Sale
For tickets to the Alien (+ Aliens) screenings at the BFI Southbank, go here: https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=alien2019&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
Dig into this lot:
- Charles Graham-Dixon's piece on Alien as a working class hero story: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/features/alien-40-ridley-scott-sigourney-weaver
- A 90s documentary on the making of Alien: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTr-ptJGp0c
- Ridley Scott's "1984" Apple ad ... (which we meant to talk about, but didn't): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNy-7jv0XSc
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