THE INVISIBLE MAN OF SCIENCE FICTION (2005 U.K.) D: MICK CONEFREY
Worthwhile hour-long BBC4 documentary on the late sci-fi author John Wyndham (played by THE THICK OF IT`s Chris Langham in brief dramatized segues), shedding a little light on the private writer`s childhood and personal life, and providing fascinating historical context for his novels The Day Of The Triffids, The Chrysalids, The Midwich Cuckoos and The Trouble With Lichen. Clips are from the TRIFFIDS movie, and the U.S. trailer for VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (mianly represented by more dramatized scenes, i wonder if for copyright reasons?). Other brief clips (used for negative effect) are from INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES, IT! TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE and INVADERS FROM MARS. There`s brief footage of Wyndham interviewed on tv in 1960. Interviewees include his biographer, geneticists, biologists & zoologists, Sam Youd (aka John Christopher of TRIPODS fame) and a cheerful Brian Aldiss. Juliet Stevenson narrates.

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