Sunday, 13 October 2013

Jodorowsky's Dune

Last night I was lucky to get an invite to see Jodorowsky's Dune, a truly exceptional documentary by director, Frank Pavich about Alejandro Jodorowsky’s infamous attempt to bring Frank Herbert’s novel to the big screen. If you get the chance - go see it!

Back in the early-seventies, Jodorowsky enlisted an elite group of artistic mercenaries, including French comic book artist Moebius, who illustrated the storyboards; screenwriter Dan O'Bannon (Dark Star, Alien); artist H.R. Giger (Alien); and SF paperback illustrator Chris Foss. For the cast, he lined up icons ranging from Salvador Dali and Mick Jagger to Orson Welles, and even his own son, who was put through two years of gruelling martial arts training to prepare for his role. I went along with Rian Hughes, who is the editor and designer of Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss. Accompanying Frank Pavich was Mark Bennett who runs a really comprehensive website called Dune - Behind The Scenes which is well worth checking out.

Producers: Frank Pavich, Stephen Scarlata, Travis Stevens 
Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux, H.R. Giger, Chris Foss, Nicolas Winding Refn, Amanda Lear 
Director: Frank Pavich 
Cinematographer: David Cavallo 
Editors: Alex Ricciardi, Paul Docherty 
Music: Kurt Stenzel

To see the incredible work that Chris Foss put into the Dune project amongst others, check out his website right here:

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