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Dark Star gazing | Peter Bradshaw

18 April 2011 4:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A gripping documentary tells the story of the journey of John Carpenter's film school project into the ranks of cult classics

In the film world, the approach of the Cannes film festival is what's on everyone's mind. But before that happens, if you're in the area, it's well worth dropping in on Sci-Fi-London that is, the London international festival of science fiction and fantastic film. And the high point could turn out to be the documentary Let There Be Light: The Odyssey Of Dark Star, by Daniel Griffith, which is being shown on Saturday week. Appropriately for its subject matter, this documentary looks a little bit cheap and cheerful sometimes, but for anyone who loves John Carpenter's 1974 cult classic it really is gripping — for a number of reasons. Dark Star was the film that started life as Carpenter's graduation project at the University of Southern California film school. »

- Peter Bradshaw

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