Science Fiction Screen Feature

Published On November 2, 2014 | By Artgaze | Films


The Man who Fell to Earth

Friday Nov 7th: Science Fiction Cult Feature
Screening: The Man who Fell to Earth (1976) rated R 18+ stars David Bowie, Director Nicholas Roeg
Cash Bar/ doors open 6.30pm – screens 7.30pm Sci Fi vinyl in the bar later.

where: the old courthouse theatre cnr sturt and stokes street Townsville CBD. more info 0416 980 323

Artgaze film club members free/3 month memberships available/walk- ins $8.00

Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet.He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business corporations and other powerful entities on Earth.Space alien (Bowie) crash lands on Earth, seeking help for his drought-stricken planet. By securing patents to advanced technology, he becomes a fabulously wealthy industrialist. However, money and its attendant decadence ultimately exert a stronger gravitational pull.

Bowie seemed perfectly cast as the space traveller, and the film further cemented director Roeg’s status as one of the most unique filmmakers of the 1970’s. Strange and hallucinogenic in parts.

The Man Who Fell to Earth was Bowie‘s first starring role though far from a star vehicle, and much more a movie firmly in place with the ambiguity of narrative immersed in the striking visuals of the Roeg canon. Of course, Bowie’s performance as an extraterrestrial on film inspired no-brainer comparisons to his alien rocker character on stage: Ziggy Stardust, a musical persona he had only just retired in 1973.

Bowie stands out among the other iconic seventies-era players in the film (Rip Torn, Buck Henry and Candy Clark). It’s fitting his character, unlike the others, never ages in the film. It suits the film that the iconic Bowie has grown more immortal with age, continuing to influence generations of musicians.

Often compared to Robert A. Heinlein’s sci-fi book Stranger in a Strange Land (1961), the original 1963 Walter Tevis novel the film is based on, the Man Who Fell to Earth offers a moral tale about power and corruption.

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