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