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Richard Stanley
UK, USA 1990 / 94’

Familiar backdrop: sky-shrouding dust portends a time of apocalypse in a city dumped somewhere among crags of barren fields. Familiar good guys and bad guys: outsiders living day-to-day versus an electronic murder exhumed from dust. What seemed to critics at the time of its release a mere reference to previous science fiction hits is actually a soulful pop culture bad trip. Director Richard Stanley is a man blessed with incredible stylistic talent and in Hardware, he manages to transform raw pulp material into a pristine nightmare. As a bonus, there are cameos by rock stars Carl McCoy of the group Fields of the Nephilim as a mysterious wanderer, Lemmy of the band Motörhead as a water taxi pilot and Iggy Pop in the role of a radio DJ who daily reminds his listeners that, once again, there is no fucking good news.


Avoriaz Fantastic FF 1991 – Best Special Effects; Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film 1991 – Silver Raven; Fantasporto 1991 – International Fantasy Film Award

Richard Stanley

Richard Stanley was born in 1966 in Fish Hoek, South Africa, the son of a researcher of folk and myths. He travelled extensively as a child and was constantly exposed to the world of magic and traditional beliefs. Stanley went on to study anthropology, but had made his first films already in middle school. His professional film training came on the sets of music videos for bands such as Fields of the Nephilim or Public Image Ltd. Stanley made his feature length debut in 1990 with the now cult classic science-fiction film Hardware. Subsequently, he directed the moody horror Dust Devil (1992). Hired to direct an adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau, producers ultimately removed him from the project and Stanley continued to work primarily on documentary and short films.

Selected filmography

1983 Rites of Passage (short)

1990 Hardware

1992 Diabelski pył / Dust Devil

2001 The Secret Glory (doc.)

2002 The White Darkness (doc.)

2006 The Sea of Perdition (short)

Cast & Crew

director Richard Stanley
screenplay Richard Stanley, based on a story by Steve MacManus and Kevin O’Neill
cinematography Steven Chivers
editing Derek Trigg
music Simon Boswell
cast Iggy Pop, Carl McCoy, Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, William Hootkins, Lemmy, William Hootkins
producer JoAnne Sellar, Paul Trijbits
production Unlimited Palace Productions, British Screen, British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB), Wicked Films
sales MGM
source of print Park Circus
language English
colouration colour