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Reality Check: Inception / Monsters special effects special

October 8, 2010 3 Comments

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Inception / Monsters special effects special

Paul Franklin contemplates the VFX of Inception, Gareth Edwards prepares to shoot Monsters

Paul Franklin contemplates the VFX of Inception, Gareth Edwards prepares to shoot Monsters

In this edition of the Sci-Fi London Podcast, SFL web editor Chris Patmore guest hosts to bring interviews with two people working and different ends of the special effects budgetary scale. First we speak to Paul Franklin, visual effects supervisor on Chris Nolan’s Inception, Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, as well as on the two latest Harry Potter movies.

Then we speak with Gareth Edwards about his debut feature Monsters, and how he got to make it, and doing special effects on his home computer. Gareth was the winner of the first SCI-FI-LONDON 48 Hour Film Challenge, and his feature film is garnering rave reviews around the world. Gareth will be holding a director’s masterclass after the screening of Monsters at Oktoberfest 2010 (see below).

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Interviews with Paul Franklin about Batman Begins and Inception
Pre-order a special Limited Edition of Inception on DVD/Blu-ray (December 6) from

Read an interview with Gareth Edwards about Monsters

Recommended events:

Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest

Sunday 10th October

Hitch-hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (42 day) screening

To those of us who got beyond banging the rocks together, 42 is represented in binary as 101010. And so, just in case nothing remarkable happens on the tenth of October 2010, SCI-FI-LONDON will be showing the film.

10AM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street

Thursday 14th October

Evening event at Royal Greenwich Observatory: Life, but as we know it?

A SPECIAL NIGHT investigating Extraterrestrial life in science, fiction and comedy.

We start the evening with a live Planetarium show: Astrobiology – the new science of life in the universe, created in conjunction with astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartnell, this unique planetarium show will take you on a tour of the planets and moons of our Solar System to ask: are we alone?

On the night we will also be screening a special preview of MONSTERS by Gareth Edward on the planetarium dome. Seats are limited and we will be picking ticket holders to the Astrobiology show at random and offering them a chance to also see the film!

Also: Join some of the activities around the Observatory site. / Touch some real-life visitors from space with a tour of the Observatory’s meteorite collection. / Find out the latest news from NASA’s mission to detect Earth-like worlds and watch a live demo of how we might scan them for signs of life. / Good monster/bad monster – scientists and writers discuss what makes a believable alien lifeform. With Simon Guerrier and Dr Zita Martins / Weather permitting, a chance to see Jupiter’s moon Europa – most likely home of alien life in our Solar System. / Alien Among Us – a real-world game. You’ll need to think, plan, sneak, and escape. It’ll be a blast… REGISTER ON THE NIGHT

6:30PM Royal Greenwich Observatory, Greenwich


Reality Check: The Problem of SF film making part one

February 25, 2010 6 Comments

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The Problem of SF film making part one

From left to right, Gerald McMorrow, Richard Jobson, Stuart Hazeldine, Cory McAbee and Marc Caro, photos by Chris Patmore

From left to right, Gerald McMorrow, Richard Jobson, Stuart Hazeldine, Cory McAbee and Marc Caro, photos by Chris Patmore

In a panel discussion recorded live at last year’s London Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival, Alex Fitch discusses the many aspects of creating engaging and convincing SF scenarios on film with a quintet of eminent low budget film directors – Marc Caro (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children), Cory McAbee (Stingray Sam), Gerald McMorrow (Franklyn), Stuart Hazeldine (Exam) and Richard Jobson (A Woman in Winter). The panel was sponsored by The Directors Guild of Great Britain and Mr Caro’s translator was Virginie Selavy. [part one of two]
For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at Sci-Fi London (Parts one and two will be broadcast as an hour long Clear Spot on Resonance 104.4 FM, 17/03/10).

Links: Wikipedia pages on Marc Caro, Richard Jobson, Stuart Hazeldine, Gerald McMorrow and Cory McAbee
More info about Sci-Fi London

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050, April 28th - May 3rd, 2010

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050, April 28th - May 3rd, 2010

Recommended events:

Comic book signings

Thursday 25th February, 6pm, Andy Diggle and Jock will be signing ‘The Losers’ – a great Graphic Novel just about to become a great movie.

Saturday 27th February, 1pm meet Pat Mills and Clint Langley signing ‘ABC Warriors: Volgan War Vol.2’

Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR

Five years of the Forbidden Planet International blog

The Forbidden Planet International blog celebrates its 5th birthday today and is an invaluable source of comics book and genre film news and reviews and a great friend of this blog. If you’ve never visited it before – and why not, it’s the 31st most influential blog in the UK according to Cision – now’s as good a time as any, with the latest post seeing the blog writers choosing their favourite authors and other recent posts include animation by Dylan Mercer, a review of Norwegian graphic novelist Jason’s latest book, info on Grant Morrison and Stephen Fry’s TV project and much, much more.

RSS feed:

Drawn Out and Painted Pink, an exhibition of cartoons by Kate Charlesworth and 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

Electric Sheep podcast: The current state of Gay cinema part 2 (Monika Treut / Paul Morrison)

July 23, 2009 2 Comments

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The current state of Gay cinema part 2 (Monika Treut / Paul Morrison)

Monika Treut interview originally broadcast 08/05/09 in an edited version on

Federico García Lorca played by Javier Beltrán and Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes

Federico García Lorca played by Javier Beltrán and Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali in Little Ashes

In the second of two podcasts looking at the current state of gay cinema, Virginie Sélavy interviews experimental film maker Monika Treut about her work including the new film Ghosted which had its UK premiere at this year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Also, guest interviewer Chris Patmore, from Film and Festivals magazine talks to director Paul Morrison about his film Little Ashes, featuring Twilight star Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali, which looks at the relationship between Dali and the poet Federico García Lorca, as played by Javier Beltrán (Part 2 of 2)

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

Links: Read Alex Fitch’s article about gay cinema at
IMDb pages on Little Ashes and Ghosted
Info about the UK premiere of Ghosted and the LLGFF on tour at
Listen to the previous Electric Sheep Podcast which features Virginie’s interview with Kenneth Anger
For info on the latest issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

Related news:

Pho and Muc: comics and photos at the Arts Bar, Camberwell

Julian Hanshaw, winner of the 2008 Observer graphic short story competition for his comic strip “Sand Dunes and Sonic Booms”, exhibits images from his forthcoming travelogue / Thai cookery graphic novel “The Art of Pho”, alongside photos by Rob Athill of Saigon’s late night food vendors…

20th-26th July 5.30pm – late
Arts Bar (above Funky Munky),
25 Camberwell Church Street,
London SE5 8TR

Meet the artists at a special squid party night on the 23rd…!

also: Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The Illustration Cupboard is pleased to present the first British exhibition of the world-famous graphic-novel artist Kevin O’Neill.

Monday – Friday 10am to 6pm / Saturday 12pm – 5pm /

and: Alternative Press Festival 2009

Wednesday 29th July – Sunday 2nd August 2009

A festival of events over five days celebrating the small press, self publishing and being creative in the print media.

Anthology Book launch / Wednesday 29th July / 7pm – 9pm

Free / Housmans radical booksellers / 5 Caledonian road / London / N1 9DX /

Are you zine friendly? / Thursday 30th July / 7pm – late

Free / The Foundry / 86 Great Eastern Street / London / EC2A 3JL /

Spoken Word night out! / Friday 31st July / 7pm – Late

Free / The Griffin / 93 Leonard Street / London / EC2A 4RD

Collaborama! / Saturday 1st August / 11am – Late

Free / The Miller / 96 Snowsfields road / London Bridge / SE1 3SS /

Alternative Press Fair / Sunday 2nd August / 11am- 7pm

Free / St Aloysius Social Club / 20 Phoenix road / London / NW1 1TA

More info about all events at and

plus: Laydeez do Comics ….

Is a graphic novel reading group or forum with a focus on comic works
based on life narrative, the drama of the domestic and the everyday.

Launching the first meeting in July 2009 the group is being set up by illustrator Nicola Streeten and artist Sarah Lightman. As well as selecting favourite works to base discussion on, artists, academics and fans will be invited to speak. A platform for people to test new works and ideas or works in progress will also be included.

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

6.30-8.30pm, Monday 27 July / Guest Speaker: Sarah McIntyre, creator of Vern & Lettuce comic

More info here…

Reality Check: For all mankind – Sir Patrick Moore and Dr. Kevin Fong

June 18, 2009 1 Comment

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For all mankind

Sir Patrick Moore and Apollo 11, photo by Paul Grover / Dr. Kevin Fong and Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica, photo by Graeme Robertson

Sir Patrick Moore and Apollo 11, photo by Paul Grover / Dr. Kevin Fong and Colonial Viper from Battlestar Galactica, photo by Graeme Robertson

To coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Moon landing, we’re looking at space exploration in fact and fiction. Alex Fitch talks to Sir Patrick Moore about the Apollo 11 mission in July 1969, which saw man first take a small step onto another world, and about entering his sixth decade as presenter of The Sky at Night. Also, Chris Patmore talks to NASA advisor Dr. Kevin Fong about current research into keeping men and women alive on future space missions and how this is reflected in the depiction of such science in Battlestar Galactica.

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at Sci-Fi London

Links: Sir Patrick’s website
Info about Dr. Fong at
Buy the final season of Battlestar Galactica / The Sky at Night: Apollo 11 at
Article about lunar conservation at
Articles on The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation Satellite at
The Sky at Night page at
Battlestar Galactica page at
Wikipedia pages on Sir Patrick Moore and Dr. Kevin Fong

Photo attributes:
Sir Patrick, interviewed by The Telegraph about The Sky at night‘s 650th edition
Dr. Fong, interviewed by The Guardian about his hopes to be an astronaut

Comics / Sci-Fi news:

Ichi screening at Sci-Fi London

Info about the 18th June Sci-Fi London Ichi screening

Info about the 18th June Sci-Fi London Ichi screening

A special screening of the female reimagining of ‘Zatoichi – the blind swordsman’ as part of Sci-Fi London
18th June, 8.15 pm Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, 19 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4LR


LUC @ 176

London Underground Comics’ latest event takes place at the 176 Project Space in Chalk Farm, London and features over 40 of the UK and beyond’s finest small press creators selling their wares in one of north London’s most beautiful gallery spaces.
Free tea and coffee, live DJs, animation projected on the 40 foot wall of the gallery and much more.

Exhibitors include: .
Oli Smith, Oliver Lambden, Sean Azzopardi, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Melody Lee, David Baillie, Douglas Noble, Marc Ellerby, Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen, Jake Harold, Dan Lester, Francesca Cassavetti, Sally-Anne Hickman, Richy K Chandler, Josceline Fenton, Phil Spence, Paul Rainey, Howard Hardiman and many more…

27th June, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT
More info: /


An exhibition of Shaun (The Arrival) Tan’s prints, and 4 original pastels, is on at
The Illustration Cupboard at 22 Bury Street, SW1Y 6AL until 22nd June
More info at


Orbital Manga is hosting a rare and exclusive signing with Manga Artist BENJAMIN (writer and artist for the stunning manga book “Orange” by Tokyopop)

Benjamin is a phenomenal mainland China artist, whose stunning digital art adorns in his Art Book Xiao Pan’s, “FLASH”. His artistic style really catches the eye, and every panel in “Orange” is painted, brush style in colour with great detail.

He’ll be demonstrating his remarkable technique and signing copies of his books including the limited edition landscape-format hardback of “Orange”, his latest lavish art book “Flash”, Chinese Youth, Remember, One Day (in French) and Images and Prints on the day of the signing.

Friday 26th June 5pm – 7pm

Orbital Manga
4c Orion House
Upper St Martins Lane
London WC2H 9NY



A new movement, La Nouvelle Bande Dessinée, has swept through French comics – the equivalent of La Nouvelle Vague in cinema – expanding their styles and subjects exponentially. Now two of its most dynamic members, both winners of Angoulême Essentials Awards, have their acclaimed graphic novels in English.

Émile Bravo draws My Mommy about a young son’s yearning for his vanished mother and brings historical relevance and pathos to Belgian classic Spirou.

Biographer Emmanuel Guibert chronicles one American G.I.‘s experiences in Alan’s War. In The Photographer he collaborates with photographer Didier Lefèvre to record his mission in Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders.

In conversation with Comica Festival director Paul Gravett. Followed by book signings.

Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: Saturday, June 20, 2009 – 6.30pm to 8pm
More info at

Reality Check: Gentlemen in Flight

May 8, 2009 3 Comments

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Gentlemen in Flight

Illustration of Little Nellie by Edgar Aromin

Illustration of Little Nellie by Edgar Aromin

George Takei is Captain Hikaru Sulu

George Takei is Captain Hikaru Sulu

In a special episode looking at two of the great gentlemen of the sky, who first found fame in the 1960s with their piloting of classic Sci-Fi air/spacecraft, Chris Patmore talks to George Takei about being the helmsman of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek in both the classic TV series and beyond while Alex Fitch talks to Wing Commander Ken Wallis about building and flying the gyrocopter ‘Little Nellie’ in You only live twice and its stablemate in The Martian Chronicles…

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at Sci-Fi London

Links: For more info about George and the re-release of the classic series of Star Trek on Blu Ray please visit and

For more info about Ken and the BFI’s current Bond and Beyond season… and

 Listen to Alex interview Brent (Data) Spiner about his career

Comics / sci-fi news: is now live, being a resource for Japan’s performance art of telling stories with sequential images, including info on the next London performance of the form on May 31st…


This weekend brings the Bristol International Comics Expo 2009
and guests including:
and many more to the West of England…

A special One-Off Convention for 2009 hosted Exclusively at the RAMADA PLAZA HOTEL 9th-10th May

The Expo is sold out but the Small Press Expo 2009
on Saturday, the 9th of May at the Mercure Holland House hotel is taking plabe also in Bristol,

and features:

Darwin Story Great Graphic Give-away
250 copies of Darwin: A Graphic Biography by Simon Gurr and Eugene Byrne up for grabs!
Expo Exclusive! – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century – Rare signing by artist Kevin O’Neill
Signings by Simon Bisley, Glen Fabry, Will Simpson, Gilbert Shelton and Hunt Emerson
Guest appearance from actor Doug Bradley (Pinhead – Hellraiser)

More info at and respectively

Reality Check: Julian Doyle’s Chemical Wedding

May 28, 2008 2 Comments

Reality CheckReality Check logo: Julian Doyle’s Chemical Wedding

In the last of our podcasts recorded at this year’s Sci-Fi London Film Festival, guest presenter Chris Patmore talks to Julian Doyle, the director of the new sci-fi / black comedy horror film Chemical Wedding. Julian and Chris talk about the challenges of adapting the script, Julian’s interests in outré magic, science and religion and his experiences of working on films such as Brazil, Time Bandits and Monty Python’s Life of Brian.
Edited and presented by Alex Fitch.