BFI on Blade Runner

British Film Institute

Ridley Scott’s iconic sci-fi classic Blade Runner has gripped audiences and inspired passionate debate.  In advance of the new sequel, Blade Runner: 2049, the BFI examines this cinematic landmark.

Given complete artistic control to make The Final Cut on the 25th anniversary of the film’s release, director Ridley Scott created this definitive version, fully restored from the original negative.

Ridley Scott’s third film remains his most richly layered work. But does it still hold up? And what can Blade Runner tell us about technology,architecture, life, death and the human condition?

Everybody in Blade Runner is haunted by mortality - not just the replicants. He never got to see the finished movie. Drenched in death, Blade Runner is a dark vision of the future which ends on a cautiously optimistic note.

Batty goes from symbolic devil to Christ-like figure, sacrificing himself for mankind’s sins and proving himself morally superior to Deckard. “You are kind of rooting for both of them,” Scott says in On the Edge of Blade Runner.

In 2009 BFI Southbank hosted a Blade Runner day dedicated to the film’s creators and fans. Guest of honour Ridley Scott shares his thoughts about the radical influence of the film on architecture, fashion and design.

See where it all began, with the iconic director's first film, Boy and a Bicycle (1965) featuring his younger brother, the late Tony Scott, as a schoolboy playing truant for the day.

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