Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: 50 Years of The Prisoner

January 19, 2018

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Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

50 Years of The Prisoner: A special two hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic cult TV show The Prisoner. Alex Fitch talks to two editors of the show – Ian Rakoff and John S. Smith – and hosts a live commentary track for the episode Living in Harmony with Smith, Rakoff (who also wrote the episode), Prisoner historian Rick Davy, and Rob Fairclough, writer of The Official Prisoner Companion book.

Living in Harmony was broadcast on 29/12/67, exactly 50 years before the broadcast of this show, and the interviews and live commentary were recorded at the ‘Mind Mash 2015’ event organised by The Unmutual website. If listeners want to watch the episode while listening to the podcast, there’ll be a countdown to pressing play on your DVD player / Amazon video stream. The podcast also features classic tracks by Albert Elms and Ron Grainer from the soundtrack of The Prisoner. Originally broadcast 29th December 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 126 min podcast. To hear the 118 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

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Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Anglo-Italian Thrillers

January 15, 2018

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Stills from Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key / The Rizen, 14 x 88 Films

Stills from Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key / The Rizen, 14 x 88 Films

Anglo-Italian Thrillers: In this episode of Electric Sheep, Alex Fitch looks at British and Italian thrillers in interviews recorded at Cine-Excess and SCI-FI-LONDON film festivals. At Cine-Excess, Alex talks to film-maker Sergio Martino about his career and directing classic Italian giallo such as Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and to Richard Elliot and James Blower about their British cult film label ’88 Films’. Also, at SCI-FI-LONDON in front of a live audience, an extract from the Q and A with the director and crew of new British zombie thriller The Rizen starring Julian Rhind-Tutt and Sally Phillips. Plus classic tracks from Ilya and Nicolas Kaplan, and Bruno Nicolai. Originally broadcast 20th December 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 78 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Tomorrow’s show: 50 Years of The Prisoner

December 28, 2017

Tomorrow at 7.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep presents: 50 Years of The Prisoner

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

Stills from The Prisoner: Living in Harmony / Alex Fitch interviews Ian Rakoff and John S Smith

A special two hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic cult TV show The Prisoner. Alex Fitch talks to two editors of the show – Ian Rakoff and John S. Smith – and hosts a live commentary track for the episode Living in Harmony with Smith, Rakoff (who also wrote the episode), Prisoner historian Rick Davy, and Rob Fairclough, writer of The Official Prisoner Companion book.

Living in Harmony was broadcast on 29/12/67, exactly 50 years before this broadcast, and the interviews and live commentary were recorded at the ‘Mind Mash 2015’ event organised by The Unmutual website. If listeners want to watch the episode while listening to the broadcast, there’ll be a countdown to pressing play on the DVD player / Amazon video stream. The broadcast also features classic tracks by Albert Elms and Ron Grainer from the soundtrack of The Prisoner.

7.30pm Friday 29th December 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Christmas Chills

December 19, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Christmas Chills

Stills from Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key / The Rizen, 14 x 88 Films

Stills from Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key / The Rizen, 14 x 88 Films

Following the tradition of people enjoying chilling tales at Christmas, in this episode of Electric Sheep, Alex Fitch looks at British and Italian horror movies in interviews recorded at Cine-Excess and SCI-FI-LONDON film festivals. At Cine-Excess, Alex talks to film-maker Sergio Martino about his career and directing classic Italian giallo such as Your Vice is a Locked Room and Only I Have the Key, and to Richard Elliot and James Blower about their British cult film label ’88 Films’. Also, at SCI-FI-LONDON in front of a live audience, an extract from the Q and A with the director and crew of new British zombie thriller The Rizen starring Julian Rhind-Tutt and Sally Phillips. Plus classic tracks from Ilya and Nicolas Kaplan, and Bruno Nicolai.

5.30pm Wednesday 20th December 2017, repeated 7am Tuesday 26th December, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Halloween Horrors

October 24, 2017

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Retro advert for Video Dungeon by Tom Hodge / Posters for The Final Girls tour and Anti Matter

Retro advert for Video Dungeon by Tom Hodge / Posters for The Final Girls / Anti Matter

Halloween Horrors: In this month’s Halloween themed episode of Electric Sheep, Virginie Selavy talks to Kim Newman about his new collection of reviews and essays, ‘Video Dungeon’, published by Titan Books and to cinema programmer Anna Bogutskaya about co–curating a tour of short horror films directed by women: ‘The Final Girls – We Are the Weirdos’.
Also, at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival, Alex Fitch talks to director Keir Burrows about his Oxford set Sci–Fi thriller Anti Matter which concerns the terrifying consequences of taking part in University science experiments. Plus classic tracks from Roy Clark, Gin Gillette, Lord Luther, and Larry and the Blue Notes. Originally broadcast 18th October 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 76 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Today’s show: Halloween Horrors

October 18, 2017

Today at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Halloween Horrors

Retro advert for Video Dungeon by Tom Hodge / Posters for The Final Girls tour and Anti Matter

Retro advert for Video Dungeon by Tom Hodge / Posters for The Final Girls / Anti Matter

In this month’s Halloween themed episode of Electric Sheep, Virginie Selavy talks to Kim Newman about his new collection of reviews and essays, ‘Video Dungeon’, published by Titan Books and to cinema programmer Anna Bogutskaya about co–curating a tour of short horror films directed by women: ‘The Final Girls – We Are the Weirdos’.
Also, at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival, Alex Fitch talks to director Keir Burrows about his Oxford set Sci–Fi thriller Anti Matter which concerns the terrifying consequences of taking part in University science experiments. Plus classic tracks from Roy Clark, Gin Gillette, Lord Luther, and Larry and the Blue Notes.

5.30pm Wednesday 18th October 2017, repeated 7am Tuesday 24th October, Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Lowlife Lost Girls, Born in Flames

October 6, 2017

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Posters for Lost Girls, Lowlife, Born in Flames

Posters for Lost Girls, Lowlife, Born in Flames

Lowlife Lost Girls, Born in Flames: Starting a new series of the monthly show about cult cinema. Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Selavy talks to the cast and crew of a new American thriller about organ harvesting – Lowlife – at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal; assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Lizzie Borden about her low budget feminist dystopian classic Born in Flames, after a screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival; and German genre critic Marcelle Perks discusses her contributions to the book “Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin” published by Spectacular Optical. Featuring classic tracks by Philippe Bréjean, Philippe Sissmann, Carl Perkins and Otis Redding. Originally broadcast 20th September 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 77 min podcast. To hear the 59 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Lowlife Lost Girls, Born in Flames

September 19, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Lowlife Lost Girls, Born in Flames

Posters for Lost Girls, Lowlife, Born in Flames

Posters for Lost Girls, Lowlife, Born in Flames

Starting a new series of the monthly show about cult cinema. Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Selavy talks to the cast and crew of a new American thriller about organ harvesting – Lowlife – at the Fantasia Festival in Montreal; assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Lizzie Borden about her low budget feminist dystopian classic Born in Flames, after a screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival; and German genre critic Marcelle Perks discusses her contributions to the book “Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin” published by Spectacular Optical.

5.30pm Wednesday 20th September 2017, repeated 7am Tuesday 26th September, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Summer Exhibitions

August 7, 2017 1 Comment

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Art from Anime Architecture and Into the Unknown exhibitions / Stills from Daughters of the Dust and Nemiepeba's Instagram page

Art from Anime Architecture and Into the Unknown exhibitions / Stills from Daughters of the Dust and Nemiepeba’s Instagram page

Summer Exhibitions: The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch looks at the connections between art and film, on display in current Summer Exhibitions. Alex talks to Patrick Gyger and Stefan Riekeles, the curators of Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction at The Barbican and Anime Architecture at House of Illustration respectively.

Also American cinematographer Arthur Jafa discusses how he lensed Daughters of the Dust and curated work on display at the Serpentine Sackler gallery, and Instagram artist Nemiepeba talks about seeing her work on display as part of his exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions. Featuring classic tracks by David Bowie, The Lovin Spoonful and Aretha Franklin. Originally broadcast 19th July 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Visit www.archive.org, for more info and formats you can stream / download of the extended 87 min podcast. To hear the 58 min broadcast version, you can listen to the stream via mixcloud(more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Summer Exhibitions

July 18, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Summer Exhibitions

Art from Anime Architecture and Into the Unknown exhibitions / Stills from Daughters of the Dust and Nemiepeba's Instagram page

Art from Anime Architecture and Into the Unknown exhibitions / Stills from Daughters of the Dust and Nemiepeba’s Instagram page

The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch looks at the connections between art and film, on display in current Summer Exhibitions. Alex talks to Patrick Gyger and Stefan Riekeles, the curators of Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction at The Barbican and Anime Architecture at House of Illustration respectively.

Also American cinematographer Arthur Jafa discusses how he lensed Daughters of the Dust and curated work on display at the Serpentine Sackler gallery, and Instagram artist Nemiepeba talks about seeing her work on display as part of his exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions. Featuring classic tracks by David Bowie, The Lovin Spoonful and Aretha Franklin.

5.30pm Wednesday 19th July, repeated 6am Sunday 23rd July 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Summer Festivals

July 18, 2017

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Posters for Beatriz at Dinner / Okja / Marjorie Prime

Posters for Beatriz at Dinner / Okja / Marjorie Prime

Summer Festivals: The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch interviews a trio of independent film directors whose latest movies have premiered at recent festivals. At the London Sundance Film Festival, Alex talks to Miguel Arteta about his film Beatriz at Dinner, a drama about class conflict and environmentalism featuring John Lithgow and Salma Hayek, and to Michael Almereyda about his elegiac science-fiction movie Marjorie Prime adapted from the play of the same name and starring Lois Smith and Tim Robbins.

Plus: with translation by Jason Yu, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho discusses his latest film Okja, which proved controversial when screened at Cannes, and features Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal in an uproarious tale of GM food. Alex and Bong also discuss Jon Ronson’s involvement in the film, the theme of man vs. nature running through his filmography including The Host and Snowpiercer plus Netflix’s funding of the movie. Featuring classic tracks by The Mamas and the Papas, Regina Spektor, James Taylor and Jimmy Cliff. (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Summer Festivals

June 20, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Summer Festivals

Posters for Beatriz at Dinner / Okja / Marjorie Prime

Posters for Beatriz at Dinner / Okja / Marjorie Prime

The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch interviews a trio of independent film directors whose latest movies have premiered at recent festivals. At the London Sundance Film Festival, Alex talks to Miguel Arteta about his film Beatriz at Dinner, a drama about class conflict and environmentalism featuring John Lithgow and Salma Hayek, and to Michael Almereyda about his elegiac science-fiction movie Marjorie Prime adapted from the play of the same name and starring Lois Smith and Tim Robbins.

Plus: with translation by Jason Yu, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho discusses his latest film Okja, which proved controversial when screened at Cannes, and features Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal in an uproarious tale of GM food. Alex and Bong also discuss Jon Ronson’s involvement in the film, the theme of man vs. nature running through his filmography including The Host and Snowpiercer plus Netflix’s funding of the movie. Featuring classic tracks by The Mamas and the Papas, Regina Spektor, James Taylor and Jimmy Cliff.

5.30pm Wednesday 21st June, repeated 6am Sunday 25th June 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Dangerous Consumption

June 4, 2017

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Posters for The Girl with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge / Flora / Cast and crew of Flora talk to Alex Fitch at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Chris Harvey

Posters for The Girl with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge / Flora / Cast and crew of Flora talk to Alex Fitch at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Chris Harvey

Dangerous Consumption: The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. This month we’re looking at poisonous plants and post apocalyptic cannibalism, with two ‘revenge of nature’ film Q and As recorded at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Sasha Louis Vukovic, actors Teresa Marie Doran and William Aaron, Cinematographer Eric Irvin, and editor Erica Gulliver about their Canadian period Sci-Fi drama Flora, which depicts an expedition by 1920s botanists into uncharted territory…
Also, guest presenter and host of the Arthur C Clarke Awards, Tom Hunter discusses the film adaptation of acclaimed British zombie drama The Girl with all the Gifts and its print prequel The Boy on the Bridge with author Mike Carey. Featuring classic tracks by Nora Jones, The Beach Boys and C.W. Stoneking. Originally broadcast 16th May 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Dangerous Consumption

May 16, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Dangerous Consumption

Posters for The Girl with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge / Flora / Cast and crew of Flora talk to Alex Fitch at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Chris Harvey

Posters for The Girl with all the Gifts / The Boy on the Bridge / Flora / Cast and crew of Flora talk to Alex Fitch at SCI-FI-LONDON, photo by Chris Harvey

The monthly show about cult film and world cinema. This month we’re looking at poisonous plants and post apocalyptic cannibalism, with two ‘revenge of nature’ film Q and As recorded at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Sasha Louis Vukovic, actors Teresa Marie Doran and William Aaron, Cinematographer Eric Irvin, and editor Erica Gulliver about their Canadian period Sci-Fi drama Flora, which depicts an expedition by 1920s botanists into uncharted territory…
Also, guest presenter and host of the Arthur C Clarke Awards, Tom Hunter discusses the film adaptation of acclaimed British zombie drama The Girl with all the Gifts and its print prequel The Boy on the Bridge with author Mike Carey. Featuring classic tracks by Nora Jones, The Beach Boys and C.W. Stoneking.

5.30pm Wednesday 16th May, repeated 6am Sunday 21st May 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Independent Cinema

April 27, 2017

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Posters for Mad to be Normal / The White King / The Eyes of My Mother

Posters for Mad to be Normal / The White King / The Eyes of My Mother

Independent Cinema: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. In this episode we’re looking at the work of four independent filmmakers whose work celebrates eclectic personalities and mixes genres to beguiling effect. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to husband and wife directing team Jörg Tittel and Alex Helfrecht about their dystopian debut film The White King starring Jonathan Pryce and Agyness Deyn, and to Nicolas Pesce about the influences on his monochrome thriller The Eyes of my Mother, from Béla Tarr to Tobe Hooper.

Also, in a Q&A recorded at Chichester Cinema, Film Festival programmer Roger Gibson interviews Robert Mullen about his exploration of R.D. Laing’s anti-establishment psychiatric facility Kingsley Hall in Mad to be Normal. With music by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Puddles Pity Party, The Ramones and The Zombies. Originally broadcast 19th April 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Women in Horror

April 17, 2017

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Deranged DVD cover / Diabolique magazine Summer 2017 / Boston Underground film festival poster

Deranged DVD cover / Diabolique magazine Summer 2017 / Boston Underground film festival poster

Women in Horror: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy talks to Nicole McControversy, director of the Boston Underground Film Festival, to Kat Ellinger, editor in chief of horror magazine Diabolique, and to Brazilian-born actress and producer Marcia do Vales about her latest film Deranged. Plus tunes by gutsy ladies, including Tina Turner and Prentice Moreland. Originally broadcast 15th March 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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

Links: Boston Underground Film Festival website
Diabolique magazine website
Buy Deranged on DVD from Amazon UK

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Obscure films and conspiracies

April 12, 2017

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Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy at Resonance FM / still from Girl Divers at Spook Mansion / poster for The Creeping Garden

Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy at Resonance FM / still from Girl Divers at Spook Mansion / poster for The Creeping Garden

Obscure films and conspiracies: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy look at how to track down obscure films, their links with conspiracy theories and talk to Jasper Sharp about the examples of cult Japanese Cinema he will be exploring at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, such as Girl Divers at Spook Mansion, as well as his own documentary film The Creeping Garden. Featuring classic tracks by She Trinity, Baby Washington, Bobby Angelo, Elvis Presley and The Velvets…
Originally broadcast: 16th February 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Comics on Film

February 27, 2017

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Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Tourbillon poster/ panels from The Seinfeld Matrix / Elsie Harris, Picture Palace

Comics on Film: The monthly show about world cinema and cult titles. Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to actress Jessica Martin about her comic book tributes to Hollywood starlets and graphic novel Elsie Harris, Picture Palace about the Golden age of Cinema, and to artist Paul O’Connell about remixing images from The Matrix and other films to create satirical fumetti strips.
Also, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex talks to Alex talks to director Gene Ivery, and composer Gustavo Izquierdo of immortality drama Tourbillon. Featuring classic tracks by Nick Lowe, The Traits and Jenny Rock…
Originally broadcast: 18th January 2017 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)

Tomorrow’s show: Obscure films and Conspiracies

February 14, 2017

Tomorrow at 5.30pm on Resonance FM and DAB, Electric Sheep Film Show: Obscure films and Conspiracies

Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy at Resonance FM / still from Girl Divers at Spook Mansion / poster for The Creeping Garden

Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy at Resonance FM / still from Girl Divers at Spook Mansion / poster for The Creeping Garden

The monthly show about cult and world cinema. This month Alex Fitch and Virginie Selavy look at how to track down obscure films and their links with conspiracy theories; Jasper Sharp discusses the examples of cult Japanese Cinema he will be exploring at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, such as Girl Divers at Spook Mansion, as well as his own documentary film The Creeping Garden, and Alex investigates items in the Resonance fundraising auction including comics by Alan Moore and a limited edition Muppet Wicker Man print. Featuring classic tracks by She Trinity, Baby Washington, Bobby Angelo, Elvis Presley and The Velvets…

5.30pm Wednesday 15th February, repeated 6am Sunday 19th February 2017, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com
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Electric Sheep Magzine podcast: British Dystopias

January 20, 2017

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DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

DVD covers of The Call-Up / Arcadia / Fire Walk With Me

Episode 50 – British Dystopias: The 50th episode of the monthly show about world cinema and cult films. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, and to Charles Barker about his virtual reality thriller The Call Up, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON.
Also, in a talk recorded at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Maura McHugh discusses David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, and the novel The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer in advance of the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks. With festive tracks by Tim Phillips, Louis Armstrong, Ambre McLean and the Jive Turkeys.
Originally broadcast: 21st December 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (more…)