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Reality Check: Fall Out – The Prisoner in other media

January 28, 2010

Reality Check:
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Fall Out – The Prisoner in other media

From left, cover of the novel Miss Freedom by Andrew Cartmel, Sophia Cacciola  and Michael Epstein a.k.a. Do not forsake me, oh my darling and No.6 painting by Simon Palmer

From left, cover of the novel Miss Freedom by Andrew Cartmel, Sophia Cacciola and Michael Epstein a.k.a. Do not forsake me, oh my darling and No.6 painting by Simon Palmer

Celebrating 42 years of the cult TV show The Prisoner – Alex Fitch talks to a couple of writers who have continued the adventures of Patrick McGoohan’s iconic character No.6 in other media. 1980s Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel has written a new Prisoner novel ‘Miss Freedom’ while Sophia Cacciola from the band ‘Do not forsake me, oh my darling’ has written an album of songs based on each episode of the TV show. Also, actress and comedienne Jessica Fostekew reads from the novel accompanied by sound effects and music from the show…

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at Sci-Fi London (originally broadcast in an edited form as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM).

Links: Info about Andrew Cartmel’s The Prisoner: Miss Freedom
Info about Do not forsake me, oh my darling
Info about The Prisoner on Blu-Ray

Listen to Alex’s interview with Ian Rakoff about writing Living in Harmony and co-editing It’s your funeral and The General

Recommended events:

Dante’s Inferno Premiere

Sci-Fi London are delighted to present the UK premiere of the brand new animated movie DANTE’S INFERNO which has been produced to coincide with the Electronic Arts game.

Crusader Dante returns home to discover that his beloved Beatrice has been murdered, and her soul dragged into Hell. Refusing to give her up, he steals Death’s scythe and chases after her… into the Inferno.

Featuring the voice talents of Mark Hamill, Victoria Tennant and Vanessa Branch, the movie is Limbo, Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Anger, Heresy, Violence, Fraud and Treachery!

There is a goody bag for all those attending! Book by calling 020 7451 9944 or www.apollocinemas.com Doors open 7pm and the screening starts at 7.30. Tickets are £13.00 and £9.00 concs. – If you quote “SCI-FI-LONDON” you can qualify for a 10% discount on each ticket!!!

7.30pm, Tuesday 2nd February, Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London

Drawn Out & Painted Pink, an exhibition of cartoons by Kate Charlesworth & David Shenton

Throughout February 2010 The Drill Hall will be hosting and housing Drawn Out & Painted Pink, a cartoon exhibition by Kate Charlesworth and David Shenton documenting LGBT history from the 1970s to now.

“Like the best foreign correspondents (only funnier) their cartoons and comic strips have painted a devastatingly accurate self-portrait of LGBT life in the UK… They’ve got us bang to rights in the ways we were, the ways we are and the ways we could be. These are social documents of the highest order.”
Ellen Galford

The Drill Hall, Bloomsbury, West End, London WC1E 7EX

Today’s show: 42 years of The Prisoner

January 25, 2010

Today on Resonance FM:

Clear Spot – Not a number: 42 years of The Prisoner

clockwise from left, Number 6, painting by Simon Palmer, Patrick McGoohan on the set of Living in Harmony, Ian Rakoff at Comica, Michael Epstein and  Sophia Cacciola a.k.a. Do not forsake me oh my darling; and the cover of the novel Miss Freedom; by Andrew Cartmel

clockwise from left, 'No.6', painting by Simon Palmer, Patrick McGoohan on the set of Living in Harmony, Ian Rakoff at Comica, Michael Epstein and Sophia Cacciola a.k.a. 'Do not forsake me oh my darling' and the cover of the novel 'Miss Freedom' by Andrew Cartmel

Alex Fitch talks to a trio of creators about the influence Patrick McGoohan’s classic TV show, The Prisoner has had on their lives and work. Author and 1980s Doctor Who script editor Andrew Cartmel talks about his Prisoner novel ‘Miss Freedom'; Sophia Cacciola from the American band ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ talks about recording an album influenced by The Prisoner, with each of the 17 tracks inspired by one of the episodes of the classic TV series; Alex interviews writer, editor and raconteur Ian Rakoff about his experiences working on The Prisoner 42 years ago including the bowdlerisation of his script for ‘Living in Harmony’ plus actress Jessica Fostekew reads from the first chapter of Andrew’s novel ‘Miss Freedom’.

8pm 25/01/10, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended Ian Rakoff podcast online now, Andrew & Sophia to follow…

Links: to follow…

Recommended events:

Ladeez love comics

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 25 January 2010
The monthly discussion group for women who enjoy comics and men who enjoy intelligent discussion with women who enjoy comics!

Guest Speaker: Karrie Fransman, creator of ‘My Peculiar World’ Comic strip
http://www.karriefransman.com

Recommended Read: ‘ Blankets’ by Craig Thompson

The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Directions:
Nearest Tube: Aldgate East. Follow the exit which directs you to the Whitechapel Art Gallery
Turn LEFT out of the tube into Whitechapel High Street.
Take the first left into Osborne Street and carry straight on into Brick Lane.
Take the fourth turning on the right into Heneage Street and The Rag Factory is a little way up, on the right.

Arthur Ransom at Orbital Comics Gallery

14 January- 14 February

Orbital Comics is pleased to present British comics legend, Arthur Ranson’s, premiere exhibition, showing art spanning throughout his prolific career from 2000AD and beyond and depictions of beloved characters such as Judge Anderson, PSI and Button Man…
8 Gt Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

Comixmas exhibition

ComiXmas: When Worlds Collide is an exhibition of fantastic images from contemporary comic books and graphic novels, featuring work by the best contemporary comic book artists, along with images from past great masters of the genre. On display in the exhibition are prints reproduced at a strikingly larger scale by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, one of the fathers of Japanese manga and anime; Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin; Woodrow Phoenix, creator of the award winning Rumble Strip; Andrzej Klimowski, illustrator of The Master & Margarita; Reinhard Kleist, illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness; From Hell creators Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and many other artists. This free exhibition runs from 11 December 2009 to 6 February 2010 at the LondonPrintStudio Gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London.

Additionally, Paul Gravett will be hosting a free panel discussion How A Comic Is Made at the LondonPrintStudio on Thursday 21 January 2010, where you can discover the secrets behind writing and drawing comics, graphic novels and manga, revealed by creators featured in the ComiXmas Exhibition: Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (Master and Margarita), Nana Li (Twelfth Night), Pat Mills (Nemesis, Slaine, Requiem) and Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). Followed by book signings and reception.

More info at www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Click here to visit The Stroke Association website

Donate to The Stroke Association and get free DVDs / CDs in exchange…


BBC audio director Neil Gardner (The Brightonomicon / Doctor Who: Hornet’s Nest) is offering choice items from his CD, DVD and book collection in exchange for donations to The Stroke Association and will match donations by 200%!


Spend your Christmas money on Neil’s collection and donate to a good cause…

More info here

Electric Sheep podcast: Living in Harmony with Ian Rakoff

December 30, 2009 5 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
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Living in Harmony with Ian Rakoff

Patrick McGoohan filming Living in Harmony / Ian Rakoff at Comica 2003

Patrick McGoohan filming Living in Harmony / Ian Rakoff at Comica 2003

To coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the broadcast of the episode he wrote the original script for, Alex Fitch talks to writer, editor and raconteur Ian Rakoff about his experiences working on The Prisoner and being an observer of British Film culture in the 1970s and beyond. Alex and Ian talk about the bowdlerisation of his script for ‘Living in Harmony’, the latter’s experiences with Lindsay Anderson on such films as If…. and O lucky man!, working with Nicolas Roeg, Stephen Frears and John Boorman and his lifetime interest in comic books.

For more info about the variety of formats you can download this podcast in / stream, please visit www.archive.org

Links: (Limited) info about Ian Rakoff at www.imdb.com
Interview with Ian at www.paulgravett.com
Info about the Victoria and Albert Museum‘s comic book collections
Buy The Prisoner on blu-ray from Network DVD
Buy Ian’s book Inside the “Prisoner”: Radical Television and Film in the 1960s from amazon.co.uk
Last month’s appreciation of The Prisoner at wired.com

Listen to / watch Alex’s interview with Malcolm McDowell and Mike Kaplan about working with Lindsay Anderson
Photo credits – Ian Rakoff courtesy of “Jinty” and Patrick McGoohan courtesy of www.amctv.com

For info on the latest issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here / read Prisoner inspired rock group Do not forsake me oh my darling‘s list of favourite films in Electric Sheep Magazine online

In association with

Recommended events:

Comixmas exhibition

ComiXmas: When Worlds Collide is an exhibition of fantastic images from contemporary comic books and graphic novels, featuring work by the best contemporary comic book artists, along with images from past great masters of the genre. On display in the exhibition are prints reproduced at a strikingly larger scale by artists such as Osamu Tezuka, one of the fathers of Japanese manga and anime; Hergé, the Belgian creator of Tintin; Woodrow Phoenix, creator of the award winning Rumble Strip; Andrzej Klimowski, illustrator of The Master & Margarita; Reinhard Kleist, illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness; From Hell creators Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, and many other artists. This free exhibition runs from 11 December 2009 to 6 February 2010 at the LondonPrintStudio Gallery, 425 Harrow Road, London.

Additionally, Paul Gravett will be hosting a free panel discussion How A Comic Is Made at the LondonPrintStudio on Thursday 21 January 2010, where you can discover the secrets behind writing and drawing comics, graphic novels and manga, revealed by creators featured in the ComiXmas Exhibition: Andrzej Klimowski and Danusia Schejbal (Master and Margarita), Nana Li (Twelfth Night), Pat Mills (Nemesis, Slaine, Requiem) and Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip). Followed by book signings and reception.

More info at www.londonprintstudio.org.uk

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