Sir Ridley Scott gives new South Tyneside exhibition his seal of approval

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World-famous film director Sir Ridley Scott has endorsed an exhibition about his life and work to be premiered at South Tyneside’s newest cultural venue.

‘Sir Ridley Scott: Past, Present, Future Visionary’ is the first exhibition of the The Word, National Centre for the Written Word - the borough’s new library and digital hub.

However, the installation has earned praise from the man himself, who has said he is ‘proud and humbled’ to be honoured with the exhibition in his hometown of South Shields.

The movie maker also hopes to be able to visit it in person during its run at The Word which opens on October 22.

The display will showcase six of his most well-known movies: Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, Robin Hood, Thelma and Louise and The Martian.

A state-of- the-art media tower with 21 screens will show clips from each featured film and a selection of other movies from Sir Ridley’s portfolio.

A seven-feet- high alien is just one of the iconic props that have been commissioned by the council.

The exhibition has been designed and built by design agency Sheridan Design.

Patrick Sheridan, managing director, said: “Sir Ridley has movies scheduled right through 2017.

“Tracking him down so that he could look at the exhibition proposals and content was not easy, but when we finally did so, we were pleased to receive an email saying that he was “proud and humbled” to be honoured with an exhibition of his work in his hometown.

“Just as importantly, we were delighted that such a well-known perfectionist did not want to change a single word or image of our exhibition design.

“We have a firm promise from his production company that if his schedule allows, Sir Ridley will make every effort to visit the exhibition.”