Memory: The Origins of Alien

“A highly-entertaining slither
around the creation myths of the 1979 cinema classic.”
Screen Daily

On the eve of Alien’s 40th Anniversary, Memory (the title of the script’s first draft) unearths the largely untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece: its roots in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, parasitology, H.P. Lovecraft, the art of Francis Bacon, and the symbiotic genius of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.

“…effectively explores how Alien provides insight into the cultural climate of the late 1970s.”
Slash Film

From conception to craft, to execution on set, to a critical read of the finished product, the sequence symbolises director Ridley Scott’s vision for Alien.

But, especially, director Alexandre O. Philippe’s film focuses on the chest-busting birth of its eponymous creature.

Philippe has been honing his examinations of popular film culture over several titles – several of which have played previous editions of Doc Edge. The People vs George Lucas opened the festival in 2011. His zombie-loving Doc of the Dead and dissection of the shower scene from Psycho in last year’s 78/52 also screened at our festival.

The film screened at Doc Edge Festival 2019.

Previous festival appearances for Memory – The Origins of Alien include
CPH:DOX, Denmark
Hot Docs, Canada
Sundance Film Festival

Director Alexandre O. Philippe presented a masterclass on Screenwriting for Documentary at the Doc Edge Forum in Wellington on 14 June.

He presented Memory – The Origins of Alien and took part in Q&A sessions at the following screenings:

Auckland Art Gallery | Auditorium | 7 June | 12:30 PM
Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre | 8 June | 8:30 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 1 | 14 June | 9:00 PM

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94 min
United States
Alexandre Philippe