The Man Who Fell To Earth is Nicolas Roeg’s science-fiction cult classic starring David Bowie. Crash-landing on Earth from his dying planet, an alien humanoid travelling by the name of Thomas Jerome Newton uses his superior intelligence to build a vast business empire. As he takes on, and beats, every US corporation people can only guess his true purpose – to save his dying world from agonizing death by drought. Newton’s ageless fall from grace, as he becomes prey to lust, alcohol, business rivals, and the US Government, makes The Man Who Fell To Earth not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but also a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.
Nicolas Roeg Double Feature Tribute – Chauvel Cinema
With his recent passing, Chauvel Cinema is proud to announce that we are celebrating the life and career of the influential genius auteur Nicolas Roeg with a double feature tribute presentation of two of his most seminal films on December 18, Don’t Look Now (M) + The Man Who Fell To Earth (R18+).
Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest horror films ever made, we start the night with Roeg’s Don’t Look Now, based on Daphne Du Maruier’s shattering short story. Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie give career-best performances in a truly original work that blends psychological thriller with a disturbing sense of macabre, while also offering a profound and poignant mediation on love and loss.
We follow on with Roeg’s iconic science fiction odyssey, The Man Who Fell to Earth, which has been stunningly restored in 4k to mark the 40th anniversary of this cult classic. Featuring a startling and era defining lead performance from David Bowie in his debut feature role and based on the cult novel by Walter Tevis, The Man Who Fell to Earth endures as, not only a bitingly caustic indictment of the modern world but, also, a poignant commentary on the loneliness of the outsider.
Dates, Locations & Tickets
Don’t Look Now (M)
Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie star in Nic Roeg’s brilliantly atmospheric adaptation of the novel by Daphne du Maurier. Following the death of their daughter, John and Laura Baxter travel to Venice where he is to oversee the restoration of an old church. Here they encounter a pair of elderly sisters: one of them a blind psychic who claims to have been in communication with the couple’s dead child. Whilst Laura is intrigued John resists the idea, despite the possibility that he is having his own visions that threaten to put his life in danger….
The Man Who Fell To Earth (R18+)