During my studio review last week it was suggested that I watch Jodorosky’s Dune – a documentary on the development of a film based on Frank Herbert’s novel of the same name, that was never actually made. By chance I’d booked tickets to yesterdays showing about a month ago, at the same time as I booked tickets to see the Martian.

I’m a big fan of Frank Herbert’s work; the first science fiction story I can remember reading was Dune. It was a fascinating film, and looked at the process of preparing designs for ships and costumes, roughing out camera angles etc, and the disappointment at ultimately being unable to get the backing needed to make it. I have no doubt that Jodorowsky’s film would have been the mind expanding ‘Prophet’ he wanted it to be.

It was also interesting to see how some of the ideas developed for the film ended up in some many other projects. The book that was prepared to sell the idea to movie studios was shared between directors, but it was as much a result of having so many great names involved on the project – Moebius, Chris Foss and H.R Giger to name just three.

Its great living so close to a cinema, but it’ll end up costing me a small fortune I’m sure! I picked up a copy of the screening schedule for the next month, and have already booked tickets to see Kubricks 2001 on the big screen!


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