Benedict Woodhead is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.

*batteries not included (1987)

Film Synopsis

A group of tenants in an apartment block are being forced to move out so that it can be demolished. The tenants are reluctant to move, so the developers hire a local gang to ‘persuade’ them to leave. Fortunately, visiting alien mechanical life-forms come to town. When they befriend the tenants, the aliens use their extraterrestrial abilities to defeat the developers.

About the Artist

I am a graphic artist based in York, UK. My work has been exhibited in Galleries from LA to Barcelona. I have produced work for Lionsgate, Hero Complex Gallery and the Poster Posse.

A huge part of my childhood memories were dominated by Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T, Batman, the Ninja Turtles etc. etc. to such an extent that it is now impossible to separate me from them.

Today, my obsession and passion is to produce work which re-designs images from popular culture combining both fine art and digital media. Once I have conceived and developed an idea, I aim to create a brand-new composition which sums up an entire concept in one complete design.

Why did you choose that film?

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a poster design for *batteries not included. This film has the ability to take me on a nostalgic journey and capture that lasting feel good factor that can only be found in childhood. The essential combination of; UFO’s, hidden secrets and justice winning through in the end, under the direction of Steven Spielberg, were sure to make this an 80’s classic. This lasting and enduring film can be loved and enjoyed by a new generation in 2017. I was born in 1987 and hope I’ve lasted just as well!

Be sure to check out all of Benedict’s work, and we’ll be sure to share some teases of this Sci-Fi classic real soon.

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