exploring John Carpenter’s ‘They Live’

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 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.


Village Books


28th March 2019

Louder Than Words Festival


8th November 2019

Premiere recap courtesy of Village Books here.