‘The Horror, the Horror: How People Remember Watching Alien’

Series Name Department of Media and Communication
Speaker Martin Barker, Emeritus Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Aberystwyth
Type Lectures & Talks
When 21 Jan 2015, 04:00PM - 05:30PM
Venue Bankfield House Seminar Room on 132 New Walk, Leicester
Open To Public
For Bookings Contact For more information please see the abstract below, or contact Jonathan Ong (jco10@le.ac.uk).

2014 saw the 35th anniversary of the release of Ridley Scott’s film Alien – one of the most analysed films of all time (there have been well over 100 published accounts of it). But despite all the talk, and claims (many of those analyses include speculations about what the film must ‘mean’ and ‘do’ to its audience), there has never been any substantive audience research. In 2012 a group of four researchers decided to remedy this startling gap by launching an investigation of people’s memories of watching Alien. More than 1,000 people responded with detailed and structured accounts of when and how they saw the film, what it meant to them, and how they evaluated it. The results were surprising, and throw new light on the idea of ‘generational memories’.

Speaker's Bio

Martin Barker is Emeritus Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Aberystwyth. He is author of thirteen books on film, television and audience studies. He is founder and co-editor of the online audience studies journal Participations. Most recently, he directed a project funded by the British Board of Film Classification into audience responses to screened sexual violence.

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