BUBBLEGUM is a documentary exploring the influence of John Carpenter’s They Live – directed by Farran Golding and produced in association with Rough Trade Books.
Starring Rowdy Roddy Piper and released in 1988, They Live was fuelled by Carpenter’s disdain for Reaganism, mass consumerism and the ‘unrestrained capitalism’ of the era. BUBBLEGUM delves into the film’s political undertones which are just as pertinent today – if not more.
Through interviews with Craig Oldham, designer and editor of ‘They Live – A Visual and Cultural Awakening’, academic and author, Roger Luckhurst alongside Ben Holmes, owner of Village Books; BUBBLEGUM examines the social commentary, enduring graphical impact and referential legacy of an often slept-on entry in John Carpenter’s body of work.
BUBBLEGUM premiered at Village, Leeds on Thursday 28th March to celebrate the closing of their They Live exhibition which featured a selection of artwork related to the film from Shepard Fairey, Guerrilla Girls, Brandalism and more.
Photography by Brendan Harrap. Full gallery: villagebooks.co/blog