A BANGOR University conference event will explore the legacy of the iconic science-fiction film Blade Runner.

The conference is the only one of its kind to be held in the UK, and is a collaboration between Bangor University and the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Featuring a wide range of academics from across the globe discussing the film from a variety of perspectives, the event will be held from June 6-7 at Bangor University.

Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner was released in 1982, and represents a dystopian future in which ‘blade runner’ Rick Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) hunts ‘replicants’ (enslaved clones).

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The film was released to critical acclaim, and remains a cult favourite among film fans.

The highlight of the conference will be a discussion with one of Blade Runner's original producers, Ivor Powell.

Writer and producer Ivor Powell worked for nearly three years as an assistant for Stanley Kubrick on 2001: A Space Odyssey and line produced for Ridley Scott on The Duellists and Alien as well as many other projects since.

There will also be a keynote lecture by Dr Sherryl Vint (UC Riverside), an acknowledged expert on science-fiction and Blade Runner.

Both talks will be followed by screenings of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 in Pontio Cinema.

North Wales Chronicle: The conference will take place at Bangor University across two days.The conference will take place at Bangor University across two days. (Image: Newsquest)

Adapted from Philip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Ridley Scott’s landmark film has left an indelible mark on popular culture.

It anticipated, with remarkable prescience, the world in which we have lived for the past four decades.

Scott’s breath-taking vision of a futuristic and cosmopolitan metropolis created an aesthetic shock that continues to resonate to this day, not only in cinema but also in literature, art, design, gaming, fashion and even critical theory.

Conference organiser Nathan Abrams, Professor of Film, said, “Hosted by the Centre for Film, Television and Screen Studies at Bangor University, this conference will bring together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to explore Blade Runner forty years since its release, debate its legacy and consider its position within visual culture.”

The event has been generously funded by the British Association for American Studies, US Embassy in London and the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

To find out more and book your place, click here.

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