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Aliens!!!!

ALIENS!!!!

 

Production
still from Alien

Alien (1979) M
35MM, 117 MINS, COLOUR, DOLBY, UK / USA, ENGLISH  / DIRECTOR: RIDLEY SCOTT / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: BRANDYWINE PRODUCTIONS LTD, TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, AUSTRALIA

Seven crew and super computer ‘Mother’ aboard towing ship Nostromo intercept an unidentified signal from a nearby planet while en route to earth. They land to investigate, discover desiccated remains and an egg chamber gestating alien face-suckers with a passion for hitchhiking. Featuring the unforgettable surrogate ‘birthing’ sequence of alien baby emerging from a male stomach, Ridley Scott’s abject, dialogue-sparse film kicked off the hugely successful Alien series starring Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, and catapulted abject species horror into the mainstream.

6.00pm Wednesday 31 October / Cinema A

Production
still from Aliens

Aliens (1986) M
35MM, 137 MINS, COLOUR, DOLBY, USA /FRANCE, FRENCH (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/CO-SCRIPT: JAMES CAMERON / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION, BRANDYWINE PRODUCTIONS LTD., SLM PRODUCTION GROUP / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, AUSTRALIA

Revived after 57 years of ‘hyper-sleep’, Ripley recounts her Alien story to her company directors, but is met with skepticism. When the colony now stationed on Moon LV-426, the site of the original Alien adventure, drops out of contact, she becomes the reluctant advisor to a squad of overconfident Colonial Marines sent in to investigate. James Cameron’s shift into militarised action territory rewards through complex characterisation and classic ‘80s action sequencing. The film sets up uncanny patterns of recognition and resemblance between Ripley and the monstrous alien queen, further developed in later films.

6.00pm Friday 2 November / Cinema A

Production
still from Alien³

Alien³ (1992) MA 15+
35MM, 114 MINS, COLOUR, DOLBY SR, USA, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: DAVID FINCHER / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: BRANDYWINE PRODUCTIONS LTD., TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, AUSTRALIA

David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) left production on Alien³ before editing began, citing studio interference; his film, which picks up where Aliens left off, is visually rewarding and gory, with disorientating camera effects, but it’s narrative is uneven. Spacecraft Sulaco carrying the remaining protagonists of Aliens crashes on Fiorina ‘Fury’ 161, a millenarian penal colony populated by celibate men. Only Ripley and a repaired android survive the crash of the vessel, later revealed to have been carrying a stowaway. Their fight alongside the inmates to destroy the vicious alien without weapons or advanced technology is complicated by sexual and human-computer politics.

12.30pm Sunday 4 November / Cinema A

Production
still from Alien: Resurrection

Alien: Resurrection (1997) MA 15+
35MM, 109 MINS, COLOUR, DOLBY DIGITAL, USA, ENGLISH
DIRECTOR: JEAN-PIERRE JEUNET / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: BRANDYWINE PRODUCTIONS LTD., TWENTIETH CENTURY-FOX FILM CORPORATION / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: 20TH CENTURY FOX, AUSTRALIA

Alien Resurrection abandoned the sci-fi horror genre’s classical clash of human and non-human in favour of a much a more ambitious hybridisation of biology, technology, and powers between Ripley, alien and android. Two centuries after the events of Alien³, the United States military clone Ellen Ripley in an attempt to extract the alien queen embryo with which she was impregnated before her death. In the process, the DNA of the alien queen and Ripley mixes. Featuring sardonic dialogue between an alien-infested and estranged Ripley, and self-loathing android Winona Ryder, it is Ripley’s psychological journey that carries the film.
3.00pm Sunday 4 November / Cinema A

Film notes for Aliens!!!! by Rachel O'Reilly (Australian Cinémathèque)