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1st Ballardian Festival of Home Movies Play

Entries in the 1st Ballardian Festival of Home Movies.

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J.G. Ballard Adaptations Play

Film adaptations of J.G. Ballard's work, including 'making of' documentaries.

See http://www.ballardian.com/category/film for more info.

J.G. Ballard's Top Ten Science Fiction Films Play

As reported in the Independent newspaper, 2005 (see http://www.cityofsound.com/blog/2005/05/jg_ballards_top.html­).

According to Ballard: "1 Alphaville (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965):
Godard's vision of a theoretically happy but infinitely tragic
computerised future brilliantly creates the future rather than just
commenting on the present.

2 Mad Max 2 (George Miller, 1981):
By far the best of the MadMax series. With its insane vehicles and
fearful body-armour, it is a vision of Armageddon as auto-geddon. Mad
Max 2 is punk's Sistine Chapel.

3 The Man Who Fell to Earth (Nicolas Roeg,1976):
The visionary British director Nic Roeg always gets the best out of
musicians-turned-actors. David Bowie is perfect as the alien destroyed
by an uncomprehending Earth.

4 Dark Star (John Carpenter, 1974):
Dark Star is the Catch 22 of outer space. It's a dazzling farce, and
another icon of the US counter-culture. It was made for a mere $60,000
by a group of Californian students.

5 Barbarella (Roger Vadim, 1968):
Sex, almost for the first time, made an appearance in science-fiction
cinema when Vadim directed his wife, Jane Fonda, in her classic
striptease sequence in a fur-lined spaceship.

6 Dr Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick, 1963):
Stanley Kubrick's black satire about an insane US Air Force general who
launches a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. The death of mankind is
treated as the last sick joke.

7 Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979):
This is a tour de force of pure horror in which Sigourney Weaver plays
science fiction's first feminist heroine. The alien came from the
imaginings of the Swiss designer HR Giger.

8 The Incredible Shrinking Man (Jack Arnold, 1957):
This is a classic, and a deeply poetic story of an individual's quest.
Jack Arnold also directed It Came from Outer Space and Creature From the
Black Lagoon.

9 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977):
From the same year as the first of George Lucas's Star Wars films, this
is a fable in which America learns to love the universe. It is the most
deeply felt of all Spielberg's films

10 Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972):
The original, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky, not the Steven Soderberg
re-make. Loss, memory, desire and the mystery of identity: the greatest
Russian science-fiction film."
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