Cyberpunk convention celebrates work of alumni Sir Ridley Scott, The Northern School of Art

  • North East, Yorkshire
  • combined arts, film, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music, visual arts


The Northern School of Art is backing a major event that is celebrating one of the world’s best known sci-fi films which was directed by one the School’s most famous former students, Sir Ridley Scott.

In November the Teesside Cyberpunk Convention is holding a series of events to mark the profound importance that the industrial landscape of Teesside and the rain of the North of England had on the young Ridley Scott and his subsequent vision for the 1982 dystopian masterpiece Blade Runner.

A four-day marathon of screenings, outdoor cinema, keynote addresses, talks, debates, workshops, markets, dystopian music nights and even bike rides will take place across Teesside from 7-10 November.

An outdoor screening of Blade Runner at Wilton, the chemical plant that inspired the opening sequence of Blade Runner, a re-enactment bike ride from Scott’s old house to Hartlepool and an outdoor screening in the town of Scott’s first film that was shot entirely in Stockton, Seaton Carew and Hartlepool all feature as part of the event’s packed programme.

Appearances are scheduled by leading figures from the world-renowned sci-fi epic including Golden Globe winning actor Joanna Cassidy, who played Zhora Salome in Blade Runner; Katy Haber, Production Executive on Blade Runner; and Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir: The making of Blade Runner, regarded as the world’s leading authority on Blade Runner.

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