IT’S TIME to decide if you’re the green guy or the red guy because Dungannon Film Club are screening Disney’s cult 1982 classic Tron on Saturday 25 January (2pm).
Steven Lisberger’s film tells the story of Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a gifted computer programmer who finds himself abducted into the digital world he helped create and forced to take part in a series of gladiatorial style games for his very survival. His only chance of escape comes from the heroic security program, Tron who Flynn created.
Tron was one of the earliest films to really reflect the growing video-game craze of the 1980s, but despite its ground breaking special effects (at the time people), it wasn’t really a huge box-office success on its initial release.Like so many other cult classics it found a hard-core viewership on video who took great joy from repeated home-viewings.
Undoubtedly the film had been hugely influential, inspiring several people within the film industry including John Lasseter, the head of Pixar and Disney’s animation group.Lasseter described how the film helped him see the potential of computer-generated imagery in the production of animated films stating “without Tron there would be no Toy Story.”
Tickets for the matinee performance at the Dungannon Arts and Visitor centre are priced at £3 and can be purchased directly from the film club’s website. If you’ve never seen this film on the big screen, now’s your chance.