The Man Who Fell to Earth
In Nicolas Roeg's stunning sci-fi treat from 1976, Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) is an alien who has come to Earth in search of water to save his drought-ridden home planet. Aided by lawyer Oliver Farnsworth (Buck Henry), Thomas uses his knowledge of advanced technology to create profitable inventions for the World Enterprises Corporation. While developing a new method to transport water, Thomas meets quiet earthling hotel clerk Mary-Lou (Candy Clark) and begins to fall in love. But just as he is ready to leave Earth, Thomas is intercepted by the U.S. government and his entire plan is suddenly placed under threat...
Why You Should See This Film
Now considered a cult classic, this is one of Roeg's most visually stunning films alongside Don't Look Now, Walkabout and Performance. In fact, still shots from the production were ultimately used as the cover art for two David Bowie albums — 1976's Station to Station and 1977's Low. The Space Age style of The Man Who Fell to Earth continues to be frequently referenced throughout musical culture by some (un)usual suspects, including those as tonally diverse as Guns 'n' Roses, Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden.
Presented by UTS ART for 'Closed Worlds'
The Man Who Fell to Earth has been programmed in response to UTS ART’s new exhibition 'Closed Worlds', an interactive archive of 41 historical living prototypes or 'closed systems' from 1927 to the present — from autonomous houses to the planetary colonising experiments of NASA’s space program. Curated by New York-based architect, engineer and scholar Lydia Kallipoliti, 'Closed Worlds' documents a disciplinary transformation and the rise of a new environmental consensus.
This screening will be introduced by Endriana Audisho, lecturer in the UTS School of Architecture.
- Year: 1976
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Nicolas Roeg
- Cast: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark
- Duration: 138 minutes
- Language: English