Studying Blade Runner

BookStudying Blade Runner

Studying Blade Runner

Instructor's Edition

Studying Films


March 19th, 2008





Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is now widely recognised as a masterwork of science fiction cinema, and one of the most influential of any films released in the last twenty-five years. In Studying Blade Runner, Sean Redmond uses the key concepts of media and film studies—film language, representation, institutions, and audiences—to explore the significance of the film: its breakthrough use of special effects as a narrative tool; the film's revolutionary representation of the future city; its treatment of racial and sexual politics; its unique status as a text whose meaning was fundamentally altered in its rereleased "Director's Cut" form—and what this means in an institutional context.

Author Information

Sean Redmond is an associate professor in media and communication at Deakin University. He convenes the Melbourne-based Eye Tracking and the Moving Image Research group, and the Science Fiction Research group at Deakin University. He has published ten books, including A Companion to Celebrity (2015), The AFI Film Reader: Endangering Science Fiction Film (2015), Celebrity and the Media (2014), and The Cinema of Takeshi Kitano: Flowering Blood (2013).