Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Brian Yuzna and the horror of Society

November 13, 2013

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Four films by Brian Yuzna

Four films by Brian Yuzna

Brian Yuzna and the horror of Society: Alex Fitch talks to film maker Brian Yuzna about his work, from his memorable debut as producer of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, his underrated satire of 1980s American preppy culture Society, and his later career making sequels to such franchises as Return of the Living Dead and Silent Night, Deadly Night. Recorded at the University of Brighton in conjunction with Cine-Excess Festival.

Cine-Excess VII is taking place at Birmingham MAC from 15th-17th November with guests including French filmmaker Catherine Breillat (Romance / Anatomy of Hell) and Italian auteur Francesco Barilli (The Perfume of the Lady in Black / Pensione paura)

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Reconstructing Nightbreed

August 2, 2013

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Cast publicity shot from Nightbreed

Cast publicity shot from Nightbreed

Reconstructing Nightbreed: To coincide with its tour of America, in a panel discussion recorded in Welwyn Garden City, actors Simon Bamford (Ohnaka) and Nick Vince (Kinski) plus restoration producer Russell Cherrington and restoration editor Jimmy Johnson discuss the reconstruction of the director’s cut of Clive Barker’s Nightbreed, which is being presented at various venues to help fund a high definition print. The panel discuss the edits imposed on Barker by the studio, the disappointment felt by many regarding the bowdlerised version released in 1990 and how with the help of various formats and sources, a reedit of all the existing footage was mounted to restore the film to its original version.

Nightbreed: the Cabal Cut will be screening in various venues across America during Summer and Autumn 2013, with an additional Australian showing in Melbourne in August. More info at http://www.occupymidian.com/screenings. Originally broadcast 26th July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Occupy Midian website
Info on a new Nightbreed short story collection (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Reinventing the portmanteau film

July 15, 2013

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Stills from T is for Toilet and Jimmys End

Stills from T is for Toilet and Jimmy’s End

Reinventing the portmanteau film: Alex Fitch talks to two directors of short films – Lee Hardcastle and Mitch Jenkins – about contributing to longer portmanteau works. Lee discusses his seminal short “Pingu’s The Thing” and “T is for Toilet”, his contribution to the new horror movie The ABCs of Death. Mitch talks about his collaborations with Alan Moore on the photo novella Unearthing and series of short films Jimmy’s End which he’s currently using a kickstarter campaign to fund its concluding chapter “His Heavy Heart”. Originally broadcast 12th July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)

The ABCs of Death is released on DVD / Blu-Ray on 22nd July / The His Heavy Heart fundraising campaign ends on 17th July

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Director websites – www.leehardcastle.com / www.mitchjenkins.com
His Heavy Heart fundraising campaign
The ABCs of Death website (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: The Last Horror Movie Actor

June 21, 2013

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Kevin Howarth in The Last Horror Movie, The Seasoning House, GallowWalkers

Kevin Howarth in The Last Horror Movie, The Seasoning House, GallowWalkers

The Last Horror Movie Actor: Ahead of the release of his new film The Seasoning House, Alex Fitch talks to actor Kevin Howarth about his career so far, from his memorable lead role in The Last Horror Movie (2003) to his forthcoming zombie action movie GallowWalkers with Wesley Snipes. Kevin talks about resisting his typecasting as a horror film actor, working as a voice artist on video games and the experiences of working with make-up Paul Hyett on various projects before the latter turned director on The Seasoning House. (Originally broadcast 21st June 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

The Seasoning House is released 21st June 2013 in UK cities by Kaleidoscope Entertainment, more info: www.theseasoninghouse.com

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Links: Official film website
Profile on www.rottentomatoes.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Michael Apted and Cory McAbee – From cradle to…

November 30, 2012

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DVD cover for 7-49Up, posters for 56Up, The world is not enough, Crazy and Thief, The American Astronaut

DVD cover for 7-49Up, posters for 56Up, The world is not enough, Crazy and Thief, The American Astronaut

From cradle to…: Alex Fitch talks to two directors about their projects which capture visions of childhood and how that progresses into adulthood. In a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON: EAST, Alex chats to Cory McAbee, creator of SF musicals The American Astronaut and Stingray Sam, about his latest film Crazy and Thief – a semi improvised drama which documents the director’s children as they journey across New York looking for stars, again scored by his band, “The Billy Nayer Show”. Cory discusses his change in direction for this project, the difficulties of directing children and performs a song from the soundtrack. Also, Alex discusses 56Up with Michael Apted, the latest instalment of his 7Up series which has charted the lives of 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds since the age of 7; Alex and Michael also discuss the latter’s involvement with another serial that’s reached its 50th anniversary as the director recalls his experience of directing the Bond movie, The World is not Enough.

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (more…)

I’m ready for my close-up special: London Film Festival 2012 review part 2

October 18, 2012

Poster for The Bounty, Argo (film within a film + actual), The Wedding Party, The Sessions

Poster for The Bounty, Argo (film within a film + actual), The Wedding Party, The Sessions

London Film Festival 2012 review part 2: In the second of two special hour long editions of I’m ready for my close-up, celebrating the 56th BFI London Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to film critic Sarah Cronin about films they’ve seen at this year’s LFF. Films reviewed include: German silent The Loves of Pharaoh, sex therapy drama The Sessions, Italian Big Brother satire Reality, Thomas Vinterberg’s The Hunt, restored Lee Van Cleef spaghetti western The Big Gundown, François Ozon’s In the House and Korean crime dramas Nameless Gangsters and Helpless. Also, Alex talks to retired film editor Ian Rakoff about hostage drama Argo and comedy SF film Robot and Frank.
Director Chi Keung Fung, best known for co-writing Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer, discusses his directorial debut The Bounty, with translation by Wan Yee Wong, Australian director Amanda Jane talks about her family comedy drama The Wedding Party, and actor / director Ben Affleck discusses his new film Argo. (Originally broadcast in an edited version 18/10/12 on Resonance FM) (more…)

Today’s show: London Film Festival 2012 review part 2

October 18, 2012

Today at 11am on Resonance 104.4 FM… I’m ready for my close-up special: London Film Festival 2012 review part 2

Posters for The Bounty, Argo (film within the film), The Wedding Party, The Sessions

Posters for The Bounty, Argo (film within the film), The Wedding Party, The Sessions

In the second of two special hour long editions of I’m ready for my close-up, celebrating the 56th BFI London Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to film critic Sarah Cronin about films they’ve seen at this year’s LFF. Films reviewed include: restored German silent movie The Loves of Pharaoh, sex therapy drama The Sessions, Italian Big Brother satire Reality, new Thomas Vinterberg film The Hunt, restored Lee Van Cleef spaghetti western The Big Gundown, François Ozon’s In the House, Korean crime drama Nameless Gangsters and Helpless, an adaptation of Miyabe Miyuki’s novel Burning Train to Korea. Alex talks to retired film editor Ian Rakoff about hostage drama Argo and comedy SF film Robot and Frank. Also, director Chi Keung Fung, best known for co-writing Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer, discusses his directorial debut The Bounty, with translation by Wan Yee Wong, Australian director Amanda Jane talks about her family comedy drama The Wedding Party, and actor / director Ben Affleck discusses his new film Argo.

11am, Thursday 18th October 2012, Resonance 104.4FM (more…)

I’m ready for my close-up special: London Film Festival 2012 review part 1

October 16, 2012

Posters for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Excision, Antiviral

Posters for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Excision, Antiviral

London Film Festival 2012 review part 1: In the first of two special hour long editions of I’m ready for my close-up, celebrating the 56th BFI London Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and film critic Mark Stafford about films they’ve seen at this year’s LFF. Films reviewed include: the new Ralph Steadman documentary: For no good reason, Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, The Shining documentary Room 237, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Hyde Park on Hudson, Good Vibrations, West of Memphis, Beware of Mr. Baker, Animated Monty Python reunion: A Liar’s Autobiography, French cartoon Ernest and Celestine, and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie
Also, Alex talks to director Richard Bates Jr. about his excellent new teen body horror movie Excision, which stars Traci Lords, Malcolm McDowell and John Waters and is best described as a cross between We need to talk about Kevin and I was a teenage Frankenstein! (Originally broadcast in an edited version 16/10/12 on Resonance FM) (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Philosophy and Murder

August 31, 2012 1 Comment

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Still from the opening credits of The Edgar Wallace Mysteries / Poster for The Kingdom of Survival

Still from the opening credits of The Edgar Wallace Mysteries / Poster for The Kingdom of Survival

Philosophy and Murder: Alex Fitch talks to film critic and historian Kim Newman about The Edgar Wallace Mysteries, a series of British B movies made in the 1960s and subsequently rebranded as a TV series, based on novels by the co-creator of King Kong. Plus: in a Q and A recorded at the Raindance Film Festival, Alex talks to director M.A. Littler about his documentary The Kingdom of Survival, a road movie that explores the current state of scepticism and philosophy in modern America and features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Kanaan and Joe Bageant.

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Electric Sheep Podcast: Unreliable images

July 31, 2012 2 Comments

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Stills from Sense of Scale and Radio Free Albemuth

Stills from Sense of Scale and Radio Free Albemuth

Unreliable images: In a pair of Q and As recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to director John Simon about his adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth and to director Berton Pierce and special effects expert Greg Aronowitz about the film Sense of Scale, a documentary on model making in the cinema.
Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.

Links: Radio Free Albemuth website
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with John Simon
Watch the trailer for Sense of scale on youtube.com
More info about Greg Aronowitz work at barnyardfx.blogspot.co.uk (more…)

Electric Sheep podcast: Modern Hauntings

June 28, 2012

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Posters for Memory Lane and Lovely Molly

Posters for Memory Lane and Lovely Molly

Modern Hauntings: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of directors who made their first films on very low budgets and deal with subjects of hauntings that are to do as much with memory as anything supernatural. Eduardo Sánchez discusses his debut film The Blair Witch Project and his latest movie, Lovely Molly which follows a young woman’s mental breakdown while being tormented by the ghosts of her past. Also, in an interview recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Shawn Holmes talks about his micro-budget feature Memory Lane (more…)

Electric Sheep Podcast: Comics and film

April 30, 2012 3 Comments

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Poster for The Gospel of Us, directed by Dave McKean / Panel from Demons 3 by Stefan Hutchinson and Jeff Zornow

Poster for The Gospel of Us, directed by Dave McKean / Panel from Demons 3 by Stefan Hutchinson and Jeff Zornow

Comics and film: In a pair of interviews looking at the crossover between comics and film, Alex Fitch talks to Stefan Hutchinson about his comic book ‘Demons 3′ – a sequel to Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava’s classic 1980s horror films – and to comic book artist Dave McKean about his film of the Port Talbot Passion play, The Gospel of Us. Alex And Stefan discuss the writer’s Haloween comics ‘Nightdance’ and ‘First Death of Laurie Strode’ plus his documentary, Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror. Alex and Dave also talk about the artist’s collaborations with Richard Dawkins and Michael Sheen, plus his earlier film MirrorMask. Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download.
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Electric Sheep Podcast: Exploring The Lair of the White Worm

March 22, 2012 1 Comment

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Still from The Lair of the White Worm by Ken Russell

Still from The Lair of the White Worm by Ken Russell

Exploring The Lair of the White Worm: In a panel discussion recorded at The Horse Hospital arts club after a screening of Ken Russell’s lurid Bram Stoker adaptation, Mark Pilkington discusses The Lair of the White Worm with BFI Flipside programmers Vic Pratt and Will Fowler (more…)

Electric Sheep Podcast: Making films interactive

February 27, 2012 3 Comments

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Repo Man film poster and Blu-Ray cover, Repo Chick and Madame Butterfly 3D posters

Repo Man film poster and Blu-Ray cover, Repo Chick and Madame Butterfly 3D posters

Making films interactive: In a pair of interviews about innovations in film-making, Alex Fitch talks to two directors who have embraced new technology. Alex talks to Alex Cox about Repo Man, computer generated backgrounds its sequel Repo Chic(k), interactive cinema and using CGI in the rerelease of his western Straight to Hell. Alex also talks to Julian Napier, director of Madame Butterfly 3D, a new film of the Royal Opera House’s production of Puccini’s classic tale, how filming the opera using 3D cameras makes the cinema presentation a more immersive experience. Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (more…)

Electric Sheep Podcast: Cult animation

January 10, 2012 1 Comment

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Alex Fitch interviews Shaun Tan / Weebl and Bob re-enact Raiders of the Lost Ark

Alex Fitch interviews Shaun Tan / Weebl and Bob re-enact Raiders of the Lost Ark


Cult animation: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of directors of innovative short animated films; to Oscar winner (2011 co-director Short Animated film) Shaun Tan about the adaptation of his acclaimed picture book The Lost Thing and to web animator Jonti Picking about his cult animated series Weebl and Bob as well as his adverts for Cadbury’s Creme Eggs (is it that time of year already?) and Anchor Butter.
Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download. (Broadcast 10/01/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Watch an extract of the Shaun Tan interview / Listen to Alex’s 2009 interview with Tan (more…)

Electric Sheep Podcast – Pulp Fiction: Low budget British genre films

December 2, 2011 1 Comment

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Pulp Fiction: Low budget British genre films

Partially broadcast 02/12/11 on Resonance FM as an episode of I’m ready for my close-up

Simon Burbage, John Thomson and Gavin Molloy in Pulp / Tom Guerrier helps Mark Gatiss get into character for Cleaning Up

Simon Burbage, John Thomson and Gavin Molloy in Pulp / Tom Guerrier helps Mark Gatiss get into character for Cleaning Up

Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Guerrier about his short film Clearing Up, written by his brother Simon and featuring Doctor Who stars Mark Gatiss and Louise Jameson as a hitman and his landlady; and to Adam Hamdy, co-director, and actors Jay Sutherland, Gavin Molloy, Simon Burbage and Lee Ravitz, about Pulp, a caper movie set in the small press comic community. Both films are starting to tour festivals and Alex talks about to their creators about the making of each project and their ambitions to get the films to larger audiences.

Cleaning Up will be screening next on 10/01/12 at the London Short Film Festival at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith.
Pulp receives its UK premiere on 02/02/12 at SFX Weekender Sci-Fi convention, Prestatyn Sands, Wales.

For more information and a variety of formats you can stream / download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

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Links: Tom and Simon Guerrier’s website, featuring info on Cleaning Up
Pulp movie website
SFX Weekender site
London Short Film Festival site
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Electric Sheep Podcast: Wicker Man / Buried Land

October 28, 2011 4 Comments

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Wicker Man / Buried Land

Partially broadcast 28/10/11 on Resonance FM as an episode of I’m ready for my close-up

Figures in a landscape: The Wicker Tree, The Last Winter, Buried Land

Figures in a landscape: The Wicker Tree, The Last Winter, Buried Land

In this special Halloween themed episode of the Electric Sheep Podcast, Alex Fitch talks to three directors who have made films about man’s relationship with the land.
At this year’s Frightfest, Robyn Hardy discusses his classic horror film The Wicker Man and its new, belated thematic sequel The Wicker Tree, a pair of films about fertility and terrifying pagan rites, while Larry Fessenden talks about his eco-themed monster movies No Telling, Wendigo and The Last Winter. Also, in a Q and A recorded at the East End Film Festival, Alex interviews Steven Eastwood, co-director of Buried Land, a ‘mockumentary’ / docudrama about the real-life discovery in a small town in Bosnia of an ancient, buried pyramid which may reinvent mankind’s knowledge of pre-Christian architecture and empire building, but in the short term has changed the fortunes of people in the area.

For more information and a variety of formats you can stream / download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

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Links: Official Buried land, The Last Winter and The Wicker Tree websites

Electric Sheep Magazine reviews of The Last Winter, The Wicker Tree and the songs of The Wicker Man

Info about the Buried Land screening at the East End Film Festival
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Electric Sheep Podcast: Infiltrating Secret Societies

September 5, 2011 2 Comments

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Infiltrating Secret Societies

Christopher Plummer and James Mason investigate Murder by Decree / the interior of the Masonic Lodge, Andaz Hotel, London / Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man

Christopher Plummer and James Mason investigate Murder by Decree / the interior of the Masonic Lodge, Andaz Hotel, London / Edward Woodward and Christopher Lee in The Wicker Man

A companion piece to our May podcast on Secret Societies, a we have panel discussion on the subject recorded in the atmospheric confines of a Masonic Lodge on Liverpool Street in London as part of the East End Film Festival, including talks on Jack the Ripper, witches’ covens and religious cults in film. Speakers include Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy, assistant editor Alex Fitch, Nollywood scholar Nicola Woodham, filmmaker and horror specialist Jennifer Eiss, and Jim Harper, author of Flowers From Hell: The Modern Japanese Horror Film. Includes clips from Murder by Decree, Season of the Witch, The Wicker Man and Rosemary’s Baby.

For more information and a variety of formats you can stream / download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

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Info about the original event, in the East End Film Festival

If you’d like to buy a copy of the most recent dramatisation of Sherlock Holmes vs. the Ripper and the Masons, head to www.bigfinish.com

Summer 2011 in print

September 1, 2011

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Reviews…

Akira
Release date: 27/05/11 (Blu-Ray)
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Musashi - Dream of the last SamuraiMusashi – Dream of the last Samurai
Release date: 04/07/11 (DVD)
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Batman LiveBatman Live
Release date: 24/08/11 (Theatre)
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The Skin I live inThe Skin I live in
Release date: 26/08/11 (Cinema)
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Electric Sheep comics…

Extract from Hardware comic strip review by Douglas Noble Hardware
Release date: 22/06/09 (DVD)
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Review by Douglas Noble

Excerpt from Twilight Zone comic strip review by John Spelling The Twilight Zone, season one
Release date: 02/05/11 (Blu-Ray)
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Review by John Spelling

Extract from The Silent House comic strip review by Andrew Cheverton The Silent House
Release date: 01/08/11 (Blu-Ray)
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Review by Andrew Cheverton
 

 

Articles…

The Apocalypse trilogy by Richard Kelly

Rescored: Night of the Living Dead

June 30, 2011 1 Comment

Rescored:
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Night of the Living Dead DJ set

Originally performed live 4th June 2011 at The Horse Hospital

Robin the Fog rescores Night of the Living dead (Reanimated) at The Horse Hospital, June 2011

Robin the Fog rescores Night of the Living dead (Reanimated) at The Horse Hospital, June 2011

As part of the launch of ‘The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology‘, DJ Robin the Fog performed a live rescore of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated (1968 / 2009), adding a new experimental electronic soundtrack to the animated version of George Romero’s classic and ground breaking zombie film. If you would like to listen to the score while watching the film, it will synch with either the original version of Night of the Living Dead or the :reanimated version.

Night of the Living Dead / Reanimated comparisons by Sean Fitzgerald

Night of the Living Dead / Reanimated

You can also stream the soundtrack in two parts as a higher quality recording from mixcloud, where there is additional information about the tracks featured in the mix – part 1 / part 2

Additionally, for your listening pleasure, Zoe Baxter has also uploaded the DJ session she performed at the ‘The End’ launch party to mixcloud, which includes tracks by Augustus Pablo, Josephine Siao, The Jellybeans and Ella Fitzgerald…

Links: Download / stream the film Night of the Living Dead (1968) from archive.org
Buy Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated [2009] on DVD from amazon.co.uk

Robin the Fog’s website and pages on Sound Cloud and Mix Cloud

Zoe Baxter’s blog http://luckykitty.blogspot.com

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