Few films have been more eagerly anticipated by sci-fi film fans than Blade Runner 2049. By Cinefex readers too – we know that this is the movie you really wanted us to cover this year. That’s why we’re delighted not only to be launching our brand new fall edition to coincide with the film’s theatrical release, but also to be featuring it on the front cover.
Inside Cinefex 155, you’ll find Joe Fordham’s spectacular article on the making of Blade Runner 2049. But that’s not all. We’ve also delved into our archives to create a special Blade Runner portfolio, in which we look back at some of the stunning images that graced our classic article on the original Blade Runner back in 1982, in Cinefex 9.
Here’s Cinefex editor-in-chief Jody Duncan to reflect on these and all the other goodies to be found in our 2017 fall edition:
Jody Duncan – From the Editor’s Desk
Cinefex was in its infancy when we covered the first Blade Runner in 1982. That issue #9 became one of our best selling issues, and it quickly sold out. (If you are fortunate enough to own a #9, keep it away from babies, drooling dogs and fire-prone electrical appliances!)
So, now, here we are, 146 issues later, covering the long awaited sequel, Blade Runner 2049. ‘Coming full circle’ is a phrase that keeps popping into our minds, unbidden. Joe Fordham did his usual excellent detective work in uncovering the behind-the-scenes story of this film, and Ryan Gosling graces our #155 cover.
Joe also offers the visual effects story behind Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. (As much as I love covering Nolan projects – I’ve hogged most of them over the years – this Yankee felt it was only fitting to assign this one to one of our two British writers.) What is always fascinating about a Nolan project is his commitment to in-camera solutions, be they miniature aircraft or ‘fences’ of soldiers planted on the beach to fill out crowds. For all the readers who ask us, ‘Why don’t you cover more practical effects?’, this is the story for you.
Filling out the issue is Graham Edwards’ story on The Dark Tower, mine on Kingsman: The Golden Circle – and, a special treat, a retrospective portfolio on the original Blade Runner.
Have a spooky Halloween, Fellow Replicants!
Cinefex 155 is on newsstands now, and available to order at our online store. If you’re a subscriber, your copy will be spinning into your airspace very soon. And don’t forget our enhanced iPad edition, featuring tons more photographs – many of them exclusive to Cinefex – and stunning video content.