BUBBLEGUM is a documentary exploring the influence of John Carpenter’s They Live – 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; and 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.
Written, edited and presented by Farran Golding.
BUBBLEGUM premiered on 28th March 2019 as part of Village Books’ closing party for their They Live exhibition featuring emphemera related to the film from the collection of Craig Oldham.
Village Books, Leeds — 28th March 2019
Louder Than Words Festival, Manchester — 8th November 2019