‘Memory: The Origins Of Alien’

Alexandre O. Philippe uncovers the origin story behind Scott’s masterpiece.

‘Memory is most valuable for its fresh recontextualisation of Alien in the same feminist air space as Kramer vs. Kramer and Manhattan, films that vibrate with late ’70s family panic’ – Time Out

The iconic scenes and sequences from seminal sci-fi horror ALIEN are firmly embedded in film history and popular culture: the creepy eggs and HR Giger designed spacecraft on a long dead planet; the pivotal facehugger attaching itself to one of the crew of the Nostromo; the shocking chest-bursting sequence and much, much more…

But while we may all now know that “in space, no-one can hear you scream”, how did Ridley Scott and the creative team come up with the ideas for a blockbuster that changed both the horror and sci-fi genres and truly terrified audiences around the world?

As we approach the 40th Anniversary of the game-changing film a fascinating feature documentary Memory: The Origins Of Alien, from writer/director Alexandre O. Philippe (78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene), uncovers the origin story behind Scott’s cinematic masterpiece, which arrives in cinemas on 30 August 2019 followed by DVD and on demand on 2 September from Dogwoof.

A contemplation on the symbiotic collaborative process of moviemaking, the power of myth, and the collective unconscious, Memory unearths the largely untold beginnings of a movie-masterwork rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.

It reveals a veritable treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the O’Bannon and Giger estates, including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and most importantly Dan O’Bannon’s original 29-page script from 1971, titled MEMORY.


❉ ‘Memory: The Origins Of Alien’ Written & Directed by Alexandre O. Philippe in UK cinemas 30 August, on DVD & On Demand 2 September. Run time 95 mins / USA / 2019 / HD.

❉ News source: Aim Publicity.

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