Sad Science+Fiction Festival Reveals 2022 Poster, From Artist Graham Humphreys

Though the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival is not until November they’re going to steal the spotlight for a moment today so we may marvel at this year’s poster. This beauty was designed and illustrated by the illustrious British artist Graham Humphreys at the bequest of Trieste’s new artistic director, Alan Jones.

Humphreys took inspiration from science fiction cinema that he loved as a child, films that were about the danger of space travel, rebellious plantlife, nuclear peril, the ‘false’ Maria and much more. Jones asked Humphreys to put all of this together within a ‘Hammer meets Punk’ dayglo look. Yeah. Mission accomplished.

Read all about the inspirations for this year’s poster down below. And while we have your attention also note that the festival is still open for submissions until August 13th. You can do so through the festival site or flimfreeway.

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The original illustration has been created by the British artist Graham Humphreys, crossing Hammer with Punk

Trieste Science + Fiction Festival, the most important Italian event dedicated to science fiction scheduled from 1 to 6 November 2022, unveils the poster of the 2022 edition: an original illustration created by the famous British artist Graham Humphreys, which boasts important awards and collaborations including the posters for the English market of Evil Dead and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

“My love of science fiction films began in my childhood – Graham Humphreys declares – ‘The War of the Worlds’ (1953), ‘The Day of the Triffids’ (1962), ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956) and ‘When Worlds Collide ‘ (1951), were particular standouts for my young imagination. I was especially entranced by the lurid technicolour… These and the Hammer Horror films of the same era, influenced the work that I still produce today. I have always been amused by the conspiracy theory of ‘lizard people’, so my focus is a humanoid astronaut with a lizard head. The skeletal limbs allude to the dangers of space travel that provide the theme for a number of classic sci-fi films, for instance ‘The Incredible Melting Man’ (1977), ‘The Quatermass Experiment’ (1955) and ‘Alien’ (1979). ).

Also represented, the rebellious nature of Earth’s flora and alien plant life; some examples being ‘The Day of the Triffids’ (1962), ‘The Thing’ (1951), ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ (1978), ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ (1986). The sci-fi films of the 1950/60s were ridden with fears of nuclear peril; mutant insects and apocalyptic visions are represented in SF films such as ‘Them!’ (1954), ‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968) and ‘Dr. Strangelove’ (1964). Robots are a staple of the genre, but I wanted to go back to one of the classics of early cinema, the ‘false’ Maria, of ‘Metropolis’ (1927) – a design that appears to have provided a template for anything from ‘ Doctor Who’s Cybermen to ‘Star Wars’ C3P0. The color opportunities are intended to evoke the psychedelia of films like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968), ‘Altered States’ (1980) and ‘Mandy’ (2018).”

“Graham Humphreys is a world renowned artist whose innovative designs have graced cinema marquees, video and DVD covers, record albums and convention walls for decades now. – the new artistic director of the Trieste’s festival Alan Jones states – Graham has redefined the art of commercial design with a key fan perspective and sells his original canvases at high prices to international collectors. I’ve known Graham for many years and his concepts of him for my FrightFest festival in London have positioned the event perfectly for its target audience. For the Trieste Science+Fiction 2022 poster I asked Graham to incorporate vintage sci-fi movie imagery within a ‘Hammer meets Punk” dayglo look. And he has delivered a poster that is destined to become a classic piece of work. As the new artistic director of Trieste S+FI couldn’t be prouder of what he has achieved”.

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