Documentary shines light on H.R. Giger’s dark world

The outpouring of grief from around the world following H.R. Giger’s death in May came almost as a surprise in his home country. Best known for his monster in Alien, the Swiss artist was ignored by the mainstream. A new film shows how he lived in the darkness. The documentary, Dark Star – HR Giger’s World, premiered at the 2014 Zurich Film Festival, and from the moment Giger first appears on screen in director Belinda Sallin’s portrayal of him, there are clearly two sides to the Oscar-winning artist. He sits and laughs and plays with cat, Müggi III, but a few shots later, describes how he came into possession of a skull at age six – it was to be the first in a collection. This one however, was dragged behind him on a piece of string as he ran up and down the road outside his childhood home. “He was not a dark man, he was not a dark character, which I had assumed he would be, based on his art. He was quite a nice man,” Sallin told She met Giger for … Show more

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