Memory: The Origins Of Alien
Official Selection: Hot Docs, Doc Edge, Seattle International Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival, MIFF, Perth Revelations Film Festival
“With the 40th anniversary of "Alien" around the corner, "Memory" delivers as a love-letter and film essay to O'Bannon, Scott, and Giger's collective imagination” – Alan French
“What the film comes up with is manna from heaven for aficionados; the trenchant analysis had even this Alien nerd looking at the film in a new light.” – Alistair Harkness
From its face-hugging and chest-bursting creatures to its iconic logline, “no one in space can hear you scream,” few films have invaded our collective imaginations quite like Ridley Scott’s seminal masterpiece, Alien. But what is it about this film that 40 years later, still enthrals us so? As in his previous film, 78/52, which put the iconic shower scene from Psycho under the microscope, Memory presents a substantial collection of in-depth interviews, original story notes, rejected concepts and previously unseen footage that will enthrall even the casual fan. Throughout, Philippe explores how an aborted 1971 script called Starbeast would add the influences of HP Lovecraft, Francis Bacon, underground comics, and esoteric mythologies to form the film we know and love today. Here, Philippe analyses Alien's poignant sexual and gender-based commentary providing a richly satisfying reading that will enhance the way audiences experience this modern classic.