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Electric Sheep podcast: alt.cowboy

July 1, 2010 3 Comments

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alt.cowboy

Unusual images of the western - from left to right, Gene Autry comic no. 4, Western Fighters vol.3 no.4, Midnight Cowboy poster, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, no.1

Unusual images of the western - from left to right, Gene Autry comic no. 4, Western Fighters vol.3 no.4, Midnight Cowboy poster, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, no.1

In a pair of Q and As / intros recorded at the Electric Sheep Film Club, in the Prince Charles Cinema in London, Alex Fitch talks to BFI programmer Emma Smart about gay themes in Westerns before and after a screening of Midnight Cowboy and to Ian Rakoff about the crossover between Western themed comics and movies before a screening of For a few Dollars more

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

Links: Info about the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival on tour
Midnight Cowboy pages on wikipedia and the IMDb
Listen to Alex’s other interviews with Emma Smart

Info about Ian Rakoff‘s talk about ‘Magical realism and social realism’ in comics at the Victoria and Albert Museum on July 21st 2010
Listen to Alex’s first interview with Ian, about writing The Prisoner and his experiences in the world of film and second interview about comics at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Definition of the ‘alt.’ prefix

Recommended events:

Comica Argentina

A mini Comica festival for Summer: an exhibition of the cream of Argentine comic art accompanies a trio of events at King’s Place in Somers Town…

July 2nd: Paul Gravett gives an illustrated talk about the history of comic art in Argentina. 6.30 pm
July 3rd: The Mystery Of The First Animated Movies – Gabriele Zucchelli’s documentary film, made in 2006, explores the making of El Apóstol. 6.30 pm
July 4th: Paul Gravett talks to cartoonist Oscar Grillo and director / animator Gabriele Zucchelli. 6.00 pm

The exhibition is being held at Canning House, 2 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PJ to June 25 and then at King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG from July 1st-4th.

More info at www.comicafestival.com

Comics at The London Literature Festival

The London Literature Festival runs from July 1st – 18th at The South Bank Centre in London and features a multitude of talks, panels and presentations on the world of books. Comics are represented at the festival in a couple of events including:

Martin Rowson talks about adapting the ‘anti-novel: The Life and opinions of Tristram Shandy, gentleman into graphic novel format – Saturday 3 July 2010 – 4 pm

Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá talk about their careers so far as Brazilian comic creators who have found critical acclaim producing work for the US market – hosted by Jamie McKelvieMonday 5 July 2010 – 7pm

More info at www.londonlitfest.com

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Today’s screening: Midnight Cowboy (1969)

May 12, 2010

Electric Sheep Film Club: Midnight Cowboy (1969)

Centring on the love story between two drifters, one a naive ‘cowboy’ from Texas turned gigolo (John Voight), the other a diseased conman (Dustin Hoffman), John Schlesinger’s Midnight Cowboy is a landmark of American 60s cinema.

Orginal American poster for Midnight Cowboy

Orginal American poster for Midnight Cowboy

Remarkable for its powerful, improvisatory performances, its honest depiction of urban squalor and isolation and its obligatory 60s formal flourishes, it is one of the most memorable of the hippie-era films that so poignantly convey the period’s disillusion over America’s broken dreams.

Certificate: 18

Dir: John Schlesinger, USA, 1969, 113 min

Guest speaker: Emma Smart, programmer for the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, will talk about cowboys and gay representation in cinema in an onstage Q&A with Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch after the film.

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Midnight Cowboy and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Time Out film critic Tom Huddleston will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 27 May. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in May.

Wednesday 12 May, 8.30pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com

Links: Midnight Cowboy pages on wikipedia and the IMDb
Listen to Alex’s other interviews with Emma Smart

In association with

electricsheepmagazine.co.uk avoids industry chit-chat and cheap abuse. The writing is confident and well-informed and the scope encompasses everywhere from Spain to South Korea. It writes about film for people who like film: a classic approach.
New Statesman 01/03/10

Tonight’s show: "How gay is the screen?" part 1

March 29, 2007

To coincide with this year’s London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Alex Fitch interviews BFI librarian Emma Smart about whether there have been any significant developments in gay film-making and TV programme making since last year’s LLGFF. Also included in the show is an interview Alex recorded last year with sci-fi writer and critic Kim Newman about the gay following that genre shows like Doctor Who and The Avengers generate…

10.30pm BST Resonance 104.4FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: The London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
Last year’s I’m ready for my close-up on the LLGFF
Listen to the complete one hour interview Alex recorded with Kim
The official BBC Doctor Who website

Podcast: The best films of 2006

December 29, 2006 2 Comments

Last night’s show is now ready to download
(mp3 format, 26.5mb)

Tonight’s show: The best films of 2006

December 28, 2006 2 Comments

It’s the end of the year show… Alex Fitch asks various broadcasters and previous guests of I’m ready for my close-up to name their favourite film of the last 12 months. Guests include Emma Smart (BFI), Kim Morgan (Midnight Sex Talk), Kev. F. Sutherland (The Beano), Kai Clear (Film-maker), Grant Rogers (Artist / animator) and Toby Haggith (Head of cinema programming, IWM).

Other links: IWM student film festival
Alex’s film reviews

10.30pm Resonance 104.4 FM / streamed at resonancefm.com

Podcast: The (Horror) films of Stephen King

December 4, 2006

Alex Fitch talks to Emma Smart from the BFI about film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels and short stories. Featuring excerpts from his talk in Battersea earlier in the month and trailers from his earliest and most recent films…
(This show is dedicated to Grace, a King fan from Timsbury, near Bath, with thanks to The Times for getting me tickets to the Battersea event)

Links: The Times Online podcasts of Stephen King’s talk in Battersea 7th November 2006
Stephen King’s entry on Wikipedia

Originally broadcast 23rd November 2006, mp3 format 26mb

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In BFI related news:

For a free funky (albeit virtual) advent calendar based on the Fairy Tales of Lotte Reiniger (The Adventures of Prince Achmed) click here
…and if you’re looking for some more atmospheric and spooky entertainment this advent, why not check out the NFT’s season: “Tales of Mystery and Laudanum” which this Wednesday (6th) includes a preview of Philip Pullman’s “The Ruby in the Smoke” starring Billie Piper, which will be broadcast on the BBC this Christmas

Tonight’s show: The (Horror) films of Stephen King

November 23, 2006

In the second of our belated Halloween shows, Alex Fitch talks to Emma Smart from the BFI about film adaptations of Stephen King’s novels and short stories. Featuring excerpts from his talk in Battersea earlier in the month and trailers from his earliest and most recent films…
(This show is dedicated to Grace, a King fan from Timsbury, near Bath, with thanks to The Times for getting me tickets to the Battersea event)

10.30pm Resonance 104.4 FM / streamed at resonancefm.com and will be available to podcast here soon after. This site is available both in HTML or as an RSS feed

Links: The Times Online podcasts of Stephen King’s talk in Battersea 7th November 2006
Stephen King’s entry on Wikipedia

Tonight’s show: LLGFF (repeat)

September 28, 2006

Look, I meant it, honestly I did… I really intended tonight’s show to be all new and not a repeat, but due to technical difficulties, tonight we have another repeat, sorry!

As tickets go on sale tomorrow for this year’s London Film Festival, you’ve got a chance to hear our show about the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival again. Alex Fitch talks to Emma Smart, BFI librarian about gay films and what not.
Incidently, in this show, Alex & Emma have a good old moan about how the regular Film Festival is getting less gay because of the LLGFF… Well having read the brochure for the 50th LFF, it turns out this year’s big festival is gayer than ever! I guess someone was listening!

Regular service will be resumed next week…

Podcast: The London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

July 22, 2006

Alex Fitch interviews Emma Smart, a librarian at the British Film Institute about a lecture she gave at the LLGFF and about the history of the festival which is on tour around the UK. (The LLGFF is currently in Edinburgh with trips to Belfast and Hammersmith later in the month).
Originally broadcast 11th May 2006 (mp3 format, 25.9mb)

Links: The LLGFF on tour – http://www.llgff.org.uk
LLGFF reviews at backprojection.com