Gor­don’s Alive!

New doc to ex­plore legacy of cult film

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Mike Hodges’ clas­sic Flash Gor­don cel­e­brates its 35th an­niver­sary this year, but the saviour of the uni­verse has never been more pop­u­lar, with ru­mours of a Matthew Vaughn- helmed re­boot and star Sam J Jones pop­ping up again as Flash in com­edy se­quel Ted 2. No bet­ter time then for in­de­pen­dently-pro­duced doc­u­men­tary Life Af­ter Flash to take a re­turn trip to Mongo.

“I loved the idea that the film could still be so iconic now and how one ac­tor could still be known 35 years later for this one char­ac­ter,” says di­rec­tor Lisa Downs. “As a fan my­self it’s some­thing that I would want to see.”

The doc will be part mak­ing- of, part look at the life of ac­tor Sam J Jones. “It cer­tainly cov­ers the film, be­cause if you’re in­ter­view­ing all these amaz­ing ac­tors it would be silly not to lis­ten to their sto­ries. But the ma­jor­ity is Sam: what he went through to get the film, how it changed his life and who he is as a per­son. We know him as Flash but we don’t know him as Sam.”

The film is be­ing crowd­funded on In­diegogo un­til late July, to help fund over­seas travel for in­ter­views. “It’s been a strug­gle be­cause it’s a pas­sion pro­ject which we’re do­ing around other work, so we’d love to have the funds to shoot for a good pe­riod of time. Sam has this sec­ond job in Mexico where he pro­tects VIPs from as­sas­si­na­tions across the bor­der so we want to go and film that and film his life, so it’s not just a top level in­ter­view. We want you to re­ally get to know him.”

Con­trib­ute to the Life Af­ter Flash fund at in­diegogo. com/ projects/ life- af­ter- flash.

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