Asian Dub Foundation, live score of George Lucas's THX 1138

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
8:00 p.m.
Castro Theatre

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The future is here. THX 1138 (George Lucas, 88 min, 1971) is set in a dystopian future century when political paternalism reigns. Every aspect of life is controlled by the state, efficiency is king, individual thought is forbidden, and love is the ultimate perversion. Executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola and written by Lucas and Walter Murch, THX 1138 conjures a world of chemical brainwashing, android police, and constant surveillance brought to life with chilling intensity. THX 1138 makes creative use of a number of iconic Bay Area locations, including the then-under-construction BART tunnels.

With their trademark fusion of punk rock, electronic beats, reggae, bhangra, and hip-hop, the multicultural Asian Dub Foundation is one of the most musically inventive bands on the scene. Their score for THX 1138 incorporates almost all of the film’s original distinctive soundtrack—notable for its use of audio sampling from electronic music artists—adding dynamic dimension with live flute, guitar, bass, and percussion. Their current line-up features founding guitarist Steve Savale, Dr Das (bass, guitars), Brian Fairbairn (drums), and Nathan Flutebox Lee (flute). Asian Dub Foundation has composed live re-scores of The Battle of Algiers (1966) and La Haine (1995), which they performed live at London’s notorious Broadwater Farm housing estate, site of one of the UK’s most notorious riots.
Film Details
  • Country(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English
  • Year: 1971
  • Running time: 88
  • Director(s): George Lucas
  • Producer(s): Lawrence Sturhahn
  • Writer(s): George Lucas, Walter Murch
  • Cinematographer(s): Albert Kihn, David Myers
  • Editor(s): George Lucas
  • With: Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Sid Haig

Print Source:
Warner Bros