ALiens: tHe set PHotograPHY

Cameron on cam­era

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re­leased OUT NOW! 144 pages | Hard­back Au­thor si­mon Ward Pub­lisher Ti­tan Books

this cof­fee ta­ble book takes us back to LV-426 as James Cameron’s mil­i­tary SF clas­sic marks its 30th an­niver­sary.

It’s split up into three parts: cast and crew, on set and be­hind-thescenes – though “in the work­shop” might have been a bet­ter title for the lat­ter, as there are plenty of snaps from be­hind the cam­era in that sec­ond sec­tion, many of them fea­tur­ing ’80s jumpers more ter­ri­fy­ing than any Xenomorph.

It’s the can­did shots that are the real gold – Sigour­ney wrapped in a tin­foil blan­ket drink­ing cof­fee, or pulling a face as she does an im­pres­sion of the Alien Queen; lit­tle Newt’s stunt dou­ble cut­ting her birth­day cake – and there are just enough of these to give the pro­duc­tion a hu­man face.

If there’s a ma­jor dis­ap­point­ment, con­sid­er­ing the £25 RRP, it’s that the im­ages that have been blown up to a two-page spread gen­er­ally don’t re­ally sup­port that, look­ing grainy or soft. But fresh com­men­tary by Car­rie Henn (Newt) and Jenette Gold­stein (Vasquez) com­pen­sates, as does an in­tro­duc­tion by Henn which fea­tures some very sweet anec­dotes. Ian Berri­man

It’s the can­did shots that are the real gold

Car­rie Henn got too friendly with the Alien ac­tors to feel scared of them, so she used to pre­tend she was be­ing chased by dogs.

Sigour­ney Weaver and Bill Pax­ton en­joy a warm­ing drink be­tween takes on the med lab scene.

Cameron with Bar­bara Coles as the co­cooned woman.

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