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Perspectives Film Festival 2016: THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Rating TBC) - For SFS Members

What Thomas Jerome Newton is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet. He starts a high technology company to get the billions of dollars he needs to build a return spacecraft, and meets Mary-Lou, a girl who falls in love with him. He does not count on the greed and ruthlessness of business here on Earth, however.
When 30 October 2016 (Sunday), 7:00pm
Where National Museum of Singapore, Gallery Theatre
93 Stamford Road Singapore 178897

Admission for SFS members with valid Individual Membership or Reel Card.  You may bring up to 2 guests if you hold a SFS Reel Card.  Non-members may sign up online or at our booth.  No tickets will be sold.  Our booth will open 30 mins before the screening time at the venue.

Note: Limited free tickets, please RSVP on Peatix to avoid disappointment.


The Singapore Film Society is proud to support Perspectives Film Festival with a special selection of four titles from their programme for SFS members to enjoy.

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Dir. Nicolas Roeg

1976 | UK | Drama/Sci-Fi | 139 mins | DCP | In English | Rating TBA

Official Selection - Nominee Golden Berlin Bear (Berlin International Film Festival)

Extraterrestrial Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) crash lands onto Earth in search of water to save his home planet suffering from a severe drought.  With his knowledge in advanced technology, Thomas creates profitable inventions and amasses great wealth in order to devise a method to transport the water to his planet.  Thomas’ work is affected when he falls in love with a hotel maid Mary-Lou (Candy Clark) and hires a dubious man Nathan Bryce (Rip Torn). 

The Man Who Fell to Earth was Roeg’s first attempt at science-fiction.  He displays his characteristic avant-garde editing style where scenes intercut with seemingly unrelated events.  The film is packed with dreamlike sequences and a striking soundtrack by Japanese composer Stomu Yamashta.  Yamashta blended his progressive-tinged brand of world music and electronic soundscapes with whale songs by Desmond Briscoe, making the film both a visual and an aural treat.  Based on the 1963 novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth” by Walter Tevis, Roeg’s film brought to life a unique vision that interwove art with science-fiction.

The film was also the late Bowie’s debut as the film lead.  He considered the film a transitional point in his life, kick-starting his acting career.  The New Yorker hailed Bowie for his enigmatic turn as an alien uncomfortable in his own skin, calling him “the modern version of the James Dean lost-boy myth”.  Bowie sadly passed away earlier in 2016, aged 69, after battling cancer for 18 months.  This year marks the film’s 40th anniversary and we celebrate this milestone with a special digital restoration.