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An audience with screen legend Joanna Cassidy
Teesside Cyberpunk Convention are proud to present this special ‘In Conversation’, between Joanna Cassidy, Zhora in Blade Runner, and the acclaimed American writer Paul M. Sammon, author of Future Noir, regarded as the definitive Blade Runner book.
Flying in from LA for the convention, Sammon and Cassidy have a uniquely incisive and humorous ‘In Conversation’ stage rapport that will enthral the audience with stories of Cassidy’s career in the movies and TV, in particular her role as Zhora Salome in Blade Runner, directed by Stockton’s illustrious son, Ridley Scott, who grew up in Hartburn, two miles away from the ARC.
Speaking ahead of the event, Cassidy has stated:
“Sometimes under black skies lie hope and cognition. Three brothers grew up contained in this soot covered town, but not for long. Ridley and his brother Tony went on to become visionaries. Frank rode the high seas in a wash of blue, the captain of his ship.
I'm anxiously looking forward to set foot on the streets that housed the incredible Scotts. Perhaps the blending of magic, and the energy that lies there will awaken the Zhora in me.”
Paul M. Sammon has also stated:
"Given its unique convergence of how Stockton, England, moulded the formative years of its then-budding director, and how certain Blade Runner visuals were so strongly influenced by the genuine geographies surrounding Stockton-on-Tees (echoes of which are particularly notable during BR’s overwhelming opening shot), I am of course more than grateful for the opportunity to attend the Teesside Cyberpunk Con. Especially in regards to how it will help celebrate Blade Runner's fictional November 2019 timeframe during that same - but now genuine - year and month.
Many festivals will be focused on Blade Runner in 2019 - but there is only one Teesside. Thus, I am also honored for the opportunity to explore and experience the same striking landscapes and lively populace that so richly influenced not only Blade Runner, but the personal and artistic lives of Sir Ridley Scott."
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Joanna cassidy is an American actor. She is best known for her roles as the Nexus 6 replicant Zhora Salome in Ridley Scott’s classic 'Blade Runner' (1982), and Dolores in 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988). She has won a Golden Globe award, was nominated for three Emmy awards and was also nominated for a Saturn award and Screen Actors Guild awards.
Cassidy has also starred in films such as 'Under Fire', 'The Fourth Protocol’, 'The Package', 'Where The Heart Is', 'Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead', 'Vampire In Brooklyn’, and 'Ghosts Of Mars’. From 2001 to 2005, she played Margaret Chenowith on the HBO drama series 'Six Feet Under'. From 2011 to 2013, she played Joan Hunt on the ABC series 'Body Of Proof'. Since 2015 she has played the role of Candace Von Weber on the Bravo scripted series 'Odd Mom Out’.
Paul M. Sammon
Paul M. Sammon is an author, filmmaker, and Hollywood Insider. His many articles have appeared in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, EMPIRE and THE AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER magazines. His dozen books include CONAN THE PHENOMENON (by Dark Horse Books), THE MAKING OF STARSHIP TROOPERS, and the ALIEN/ALIENS screenplay books.
However, Sammon’s best-known textual work is FUTURE NOIR: THE MAKING OF BLADE RUNNER. FUTURE NOIR has been in continuous print for 23 years, has appeared in three different printings, and was expanded in 2017 for the Revised/Updated Edition. Sammon was embedded on-set with BLADE RUNNER for 18 months; he is now considered the world authority on Ridley Scott’s ground-breaking SF masterpiece, while FUTURE NOIR has been acclaimed as one of the greatest of all “making of” books.
Sammon was also fortunate enough to work directly with Paul Verhoeven on ROBOCOP and STARSHIP TROOPERS, experiences informing his next book, which examines ROBO, TROOPERS and Verhoeven’s TOTAL RECALL.
This special event is a key part of the Teesside Cyberpunk Convention 2019 - a four-day event consisting of screenings, keynote addresses, talks, debates, workshops, markets and dystopian music nights - celebrating the importance of Teesside on Ridley Scott’s vision for Blade Runner and the film's subsequent influence on the global cyberpunk genre.
For information on the full programme visit: www.cyberpunkconvention.com