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They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening

USA, 1988, 90mins, Cert.15
Plus discussion with Craig Oldham & Roger Luckhurst
Showtimes and location

Film description

Join us at the Hyde Park Picture House for a special screening of John Carpenter's 1988 sci-fi satire They Live, where we'll be joined by Craig Oldham, editor of They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening - a new book celebrating one one of the '80s most revered cult films. 

Presented by Village Books, following a screening of the film, Craig will be joined on stage by film critic and contributor to the book, Roger Luckhurst, to explore the film’s influence, impact and continued relevance today.

Published by Rough Trade Books, copies of They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening will be available to see and purchase on the day, along with special edition posters. More details about the book are available herewww.roughtradebooks.com/books/they-live-a-visual-and-cultural-awakening

Alongside this event there will also be an accompanying exhibition, held at Village Books - a bookstore and gallery space in Leeds City Centre. Details to be confirmed, see Village's website for more details: www.villagebooks.co 


Film details

From the legendary filmmaker John Carpenter, based Ray Nelson’s 1963 short story Eight O'Clock in the Morning, They Live is a sci-fi horror, exploring how illusions sustain political power. 

The film follows Nada (Roddy Piper), a man who finds a pair of black sunglasses with unexpected powers – through them one can see the true world. As it turns out, Los Angeles is filled with skull-faced aliens who have overtaken the government, got hold of media and now feed the population with numerous subliminal messages to spend money, breed and submit to the authority. 

Showing at

Hyde Park Picture House

Venue details


73 Brudenell Road, Leeds LS6 1JD, UK
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Access info

The Picture House has two small steps at the main entrance. Step-free access to the auditorium and foyer is possible via a side entrance. Unfortunately none of the Picture House's toilets are accessible and both via a flight of stairs. The cinema has three wheelchair spaces – to reserve one of these, please select the 'wheelchair space' ticket during checkout.

Refreshment info

The Picture House offers a range of hot and cold drinks, including beers and wines, alongside popcorn, sweets, ice creams (Northern Bloc) and vegan cakes (That Old Chestnut).


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