They Live: A Visual and Cultural Awakening
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 here: www.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
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.