Introducing… Blade Runner at Borderlines Book Festival, Carlisle

I’ll be introducing a screening of Blade Runner (Director’s Cut, 2007) at Borderlines Book Festival on Friday. Now as you know, I’m no film theorist, so I’ll be talking about the film’s relationship to PKD’s Do Andoids Dream of Electric Sheep, production gossip and why Blade Runner is great fun to play with. And if anyone wants to geek out on further BR discussion, of the original(s) or 2049, or discuss dystopian fictions in general, I’ll see you in the bar after the screening.

8pm Tullie House Friday 5th October 2018 – Get your ticket here.

There are loads of other things to get to at Borderlines too – Pat Barker and Lucy Mangan are in town for instance. Full list of events lives here.

From Borderline’s webpage…

Do Androids dream of Electric sheep?/ Blade Runner

Philip K. Dick’s Dystopian novel, Do Androids dream of Electric sheep? was filmed by Ridley Scott as Blade Runner,  and has become an enduring Science Fiction classic.

Released in 1982, the film is set in a dystopian future Los Angeles of 2019, in which synthetic humans known as replicants are bio-engineered by the powerful Tyrell Corporation to work on off-world colonies, and stars Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos.

Jane Topping will introduce the film and lead an informal discussion, after the screening, on Blade Runner and our fascination for dystopian stories in literature and film.  Jane is Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Fine Art at the University of Cumbria. Blade Runner was central to her PhD thesis and so she brings both the perspectives of a fan and an academic. She won ‘best short film’ for her production Peter which was shown at the 5th Annual Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival in 2017.

Film running time: 117 minutes, plus discussion. Certificate 12