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Before Star Wars George Lucas' first feature length 1971 debut was a stylistic Sci-FI movie starring Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence where chemical brainwashing, android police, CCTV and ultimate totalitarian control symbolise an uncomfortable authoritarian world. Asian Dub Foundation (ADF) perform their exhilarating and fast moving live score which is a perfect complement to this immersive film about a starkly unbalanced future society.
Even though it is made by one of the most successful filmmakers of all time THX 1138 has achieved cult status. Audio samples from the dialogue and soundtrack have been used by a host of influential electronic artists including, Nine Inch Nails, The Shamen, Meat Beat Manifesto, UNKLE, Orbital, and Front 242. The film's sound design was made by triple Oscar winner Walter Murch who also designed the soundtrack to ‘Apocalypse Now’. THX 1138 was simply years ahead of its time.
ADF are celebrated for their brilliant live shows and for performing live soundtracks to films including 'La Haine' and 'Battle of Algiers'. They wear their political hearts on their sleeves as this timely reinterpretation shows; in today's surveillance led and electronically driven society many of THX 1138 themes have proved to be very prescient.
1hour 30 minutes.
Photo - © 1971 Warner Bros. All Rights Reserved
This performance is part of our cornex: discover series. Presented in partnership with Festival of Ideas