The Man Who Fell to Earth

To accompany his exhibition, We Stared at the Moon from the Centre of the Sun, Haroon Mirza curates a season of classic occult and sci-fi films featuring solar and lunar symbolism.


Dir: Nicholas Roeg, 1976 (18) 139 mins

The appropriately other-wordly David Bowie is perfectly cast in his first major film role as the enigmatic extra-terrestrial, Thomas Jerome Newton, who crashes to earth in search of water for his home planet.

While trying to develop new methods to transport the water, he falls in love with a hotel receptionist, played by Candy Clark. The film is recognised as a major work of science fiction cinema and one of the best films of Roeg’s career.

‘A freaky, compelling concept album of a film.’ – The Guardian

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