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Today’s screening: Battle Royale (2001)

April 14, 2010

Electric Sheep Film Club: Battle Royale (2001)

In a futuristic Japan threatened by anarchy, the authorities try to maintain order by sending a group of randomly selected, unruly school children to an island where they are forced to fight each other until there is only one survivor left.

Japanese Battle Royale poster

Japanese Battle Royale poster

This cruel annual game is led by Takeshi ‘Beat’ Kitano, perfectly cast as the sadistic schoolmaster. The vision of veteran director Kinji Fukasaku, inspired by his own trauma as a young man during Word War II, is stark and uncompromising, and his direction is as tight and efficient as in any of his celebrated yakuza movies. A striking film that works both as an exhilarating action movie and a passionate denunciation of the plight of young people forced to commit violent acts by tyrannical elders.

We are delighted to welcome anime expert Helen McCarthy, author of The Anime Encyclopedia, for a Q and A with Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch before the screening.

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Battle Royale and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Japan and Electric Sheep contributor John Berra will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 29 April. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in May. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club.

WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL, Prince Charles Cinema 8pm : BATTLE ROYALE

Price: £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Certificate 18
Dir: Kinji Fukasaku, Japan 2001

Wednesday 14th April, 8pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com

Links: Battle Royale pages on wikipedia and the IMDb

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

Recommended events:

Sci-Fi London 9: Life in 2050 from Wednesday 28th April – Monday 3rd May features a variety of comics panels, on topics such as 60 years of Dan Dare, British Female Manga creators, Comics and film and Marvel UK with guests including Kate Brown, Rian Hughes, Gary Erskine, Emma Viecelli, Dez Skinn, Woodrow Phoenix, Garry Leach, Karen Rubins, Dan Abnett, Cyriak Harris and many more. More info at www.sci-fi-london.com

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

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

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Reality Check: Female action heroes

July 7, 2009 1 Comment

Reality Check:
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Female action heroes

Gianna Jun as Blood the last vampire and Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2

Gianna Jun as Blood the last vampire and Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in Terminator 2

With new versions of the Terminator and Blood: The Last Vampire franchises currently in UK cinemas, Alex Fitch talks to experts on the previous instalments.
In an extract from a press conference at the ‘MCM Expo’, Alex talks to Linda Hamilton about playing Sarah Connor in The Terminator / Terminator 2: Judgment Day and becoming a feminist icon. Alex also talks to anime and manga expert Helen McCarthy about Blood+ and the various other incarnations of Blood: TLV, that lead to the current live action film.

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

Links: More info about the London MCM Expo
Blood: The Last Vampire (2009), official movie site
Wikipedia pages on Blood: The Last Vampire and ‘Sarah Connor’ in the Terminator saga

Related news:

The London Japanese Art Festival
is on the weekend of the 11th / 12th of July at Richmond Adult Community College and includes:
Manga and Anime Art Exhibition, craft and sales tables from Manga shops, toys and dolls and all sorts of Japanese art and culture related goods.
Talks by Helen McCarthy and Paul Gravett
Martial Arts
Kimono dressing (kitsuke) and kimono fashion show
Cosplay Masquerade and presentations
Manga drawing workshops
J-Pop Party
Set photo shoots and roving photographers
Origami and other paper art
Calligraphy
Koto music
Japanese Dancing
Taiko Drumming
Japanese food and drink, including Pocky, obento and sake, as well as the open cafe area
Three Yatai – Takoyaki, Okonomi-yaki, Yakisoba, Donbri

UK PREMIERE : OCEAN WAVES

The Japanese Art Festival is proud to announce that the event will be hosting the premiere of the Studio Ghibli anime Ocean Waves. Studio Ghibli is better known as the Oscar-winning animation studio who brought us Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.

Never before released in the UK, Ocean Waves centres around the life of Taku, an average high school student. But soon his quiet life will be turned upside down with the arrival of Rikako: a beautiful exchange student from Tokyo. By the end of term Taku will have learnt a valuable lesson in love and friendship.

The Ocean Waves screening is courtesy of Optimum Releasing.

More info at www.japaneseartfestival.com

also:

Kevin O’Neill at the Illustration Cupboard

14 July – 08 August 2009

The first British exhibition of his original artwork from.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Marshall Law
Nemesis the Warlock
Judge Dredd

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

As one of the most respected and highly regarded names in this field Kevin O’Neill’s illustrative work has led him to rub shoulders with distinguished writers, directors and film stars. Most widely known for his collaborations with writer Pat Mills on Marshal Law (see over) and Nemesis the Warlock in 2000AD Kevin has also worked with Alan Moore on The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which was recently turned into a blockbuster Hollywood film starring Sean Connery.

An exciting and sometimes controversial artist this unique event offers fans and collectors an opportunity to view thirty pieces of Kevin’s original drawings and paintings never seen before, and provides visitors to London during the summer season a chance to visit a truly special event.

All artwork is available for purchase, and signed books will also be for sale.
The exhibition will continue on our first floor gallery throughout the remainder of August.
Artwork can be viewed and purchased off our website from 8th July.
Prices range from £500 – £7500

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

More info at www.illustrationcupboard.com

Electric Sheep Magazine Summer 2009

June 4, 2009 18 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
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The latest edition of Electric Sheep magazine has just been released and is available from various stockists… Electric Sheep is edited by Virginie Sélavy with assistance by Alex Fitch and has reviews / interviews by various Resonance programme makers including Virginie, Alex and Philip Winter (all contributors to I’m ready for my close-up)…

It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription; ESM is in good bookshops now and available online (with a 15% discount) at www.wallflowerpress.co.uk

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

This month’s illustrators include: Sean Azzopardi Invasion of the Bodysnatchers (1978) / The Invasion (2007 – not shown), Douglas NobleHardware (1990), comic strip review – and Daniel LockeWestworld (1973) / I, Robot (2004 – not shown) and articles on the work of ‘Beat’ Takeshi, Joseph Losely and Patricia Highsmith’s (talented) Mr. Ripley plus interviews with Marc Caro, Ole Bornedal and Helen McCarthy…

ESM also continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive interviews like Alex Fitch talking to acclaimed Britsh directors Peter Greenaway and Michael Winterbottom and reviews such as Mark Stafford looking at The Good, the bad and the weird

Illustration news:

LUC @ 176

The one month countdown starts now!

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: londonundergroundcomics.com / www.projectspace176.com

also:

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 www.illustrationcupboard.com

Today on Resonance FM: Lucky Cat – Live Action Manga

March 17, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

Lucky Cat: Live Action Manga

Poster for the live action adaptation of the manga Twentieth Century Boys

Poster for the live action adaptation of the manga Twentieth Century Boys

In this week’s episode of Resonance FM’s weekly show about Asian Culture, regular host Zoe Baxter invites Alex Fitch (Electric Sheep Magazine) and Helen McCarthy (The Animé Encyclopedia) into the studio to discuss live action manga adaptations such as 20th Century Boys and Death Note and how these compare to animé versions and adaptations of Western comic books such as Watchmen. The show includes Zoe’s regular eclectic mix of Asian music from the last half century and live tastings from the Dim Sum Lunchbox…

9pm 17/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM

Links: Zoe’s Lucky Cat blog which includes podcasts and info about the show including her
November special about Byron Lee, who contributed music to the soundtrack of Dr. No
Wikipedia page on 20th Century Boys
Listen to a 2006 episode of I’m ready for my close-up in which Zoe talks to Asian film expert Annie Kwan
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Helen McCarthy

Panel Borders: Osamu Tezuka @t Bristol part 2

September 19, 2008 1 Comment

Panel Borders: Osamu Tezuka @t Bristol part 2*
Exclusive podcast to compliment the “Clear Spot” broadcast at 8pm 18/09/08 on Resonance FM

An episode of Panel Borders: Dickon Harris presents the second half of a panel recorded at The Bristol International Comics Expo hosted by Helen McCarthy and featuring John Aggs, Tim Pilcher, Sean Michael Wilson and Akiko Shimojima looking at the work of Osamu Tezuka. part 2 of 2…
(The name is an intentional homage to the title of the Millennium development in Bristol which mixes art, science and culture!)

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
Listen to Alex Fitch’s previous interview with Helen and Alex about Tezuka and other manga and animé works…

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Info on the current Kamishibai tour of the UK
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com

Comics news:

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

From 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by manga expert Helen McCarthy

Plus: The Jonthan Cape / Observer graphic fiction competition is back on, with the deadline being 17/10/09 to design a short story in comic book form to fit two pages of The Observer…

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Also: At Harrods, Knightsbridge, Rich Johnston has curated an exhibtion of original comic book art by industry luminaries such as Sean Phillips and Raymond Briggs, open from now until the end of October…
More info at www.comicbitsonline.com and at Sean’s blog

Panel Borders: Osamu Tezuka @t Bristol part 1

September 19, 2008 2 Comments

Panel Borders: Osamu Tezuka @t Bristol part 1*
Exclusive podcast to compliment the “Clear Spot” broadcast at 8pm 18/09/08 on Resonance FM

An episode of Panel Borders: Dickon Harris presents the first half of a panel recorded at The Bristol International Comics Expo hosted by Helen McCarthy and featuring John Aggs, Tim Pilcher, Sean Michael Wilson and Akiko Shimojima looking at the work of Osamu Tezuka. part 1 of 2…
(The name is an intentional homage to the title of the Millennium development in Bristol which mixes art, science and culture!)

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
Listen to part 2
Listen to Alex Fitch’s previous interviews with Helen about Tezuka and other manga / animé works…

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Info on the current Kamishibai tour of the UK
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com

Comics news:

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

From 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by manga expert Helen McCarthy

Plus: The Jonthan Cape / Observer graphic fiction competition is back on, with the deadline being 17/10/09 to design a short story in comic book form to fit two pages of The Observer…

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Also: At Harrods, Knightsbridge, Rich Johnston has curated an exhibtion of original comic book art by industry luminaries such as Sean Phillips and Raymond Briggs, open from now until the end of October…
More info at www.comicbitsonline.com and at Sean’s blog

Tonight’s show: The work of Osamu Tezuka

September 18, 2008

Clear Spot: The work of Osamu Tezuka
8pm 18/09/08 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Alex Fitch talks to manga expert Helen McCarthy in front of an audience of comic book readers at Streatham Library about the work of manga and animé pioneer Osamu Tezuka who is the subject of a season now on at The Barbican. Alex and Helen look at Tezuka’s manga work from New Treasure Island to MW and also Tezuka’s career in animé from early experimental shorts to the big budget adaptation of his classic manga comic Metropolis.

The show is available to download now, to give more people a chance to hear my conversation with Helen before the Tezuka season opens at The Barbican tonight. Part one (manga) / part two (animé)

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Helen McCarthy and The Streatham Library Graphic Novels readers group part one / part two

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Starting 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by Helen McCarthy and features screenings of Astro Boy, Kimba the white lion and many of his experimental short films…

Panel Borders: The manga of Osamu Tezuka

September 17, 2008 10 Comments

Panel Borders: The manga of Osamu Tezuka
To be broadcast 18/09/08 as part of a special “Clear Spot” at 8pm on Resonance FM

Alex Fitch talks to manga expert Helen McCarthy in front of an audience of comic book readers at Streatham Library about the work of manga and animé pioneer Osamu Tezuka who is the subject of a season now on at The Barbican. In this episode Alex and Helen look at Tezuka’s manga work from New Treasure Island to MW

For more info please visit the home of this podcast at archive.org
Listen to the other half of Helen and Alex’s chat about Tezuka, focussing on the artist’s animé work…

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Info on the current Kamishibai tour of the UK
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Helen McCarthy and The Streatham Library Graphic Novels readers group part one / part two

Comics news:

Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican

From 18th September, there’s a week long season of Osamu Tezuka adaptations at The Barbican, curated by Helen McCarthy, who Alex will be interviewing for a second time at Streatham Library on Monday 15th September, to be broadcast as a clear spot on Resonance FM at 8pm on the 18th…

Plus: The Jonthan Cape / Observer graphic fiction competition is back on, with the deadline being 17/10/09 to design a short story in comic book form to fit two pages of The Observer…

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Jonathan Cape / The Observer graphic short story competition

Also: At Harrods, Knightsbridge, Rich Johnston has curated an exhibtion of original comic book art by industry luminaries such as Sean Phillips and Raymond Briggs, open from now until the end of October…
More info at www.comicbitsonline.com and at Sean’s blog

Electric Sheep podcast: The animé of Osamu Tezuka

September 17, 2008 6 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: The animé of Osamu Tezuka

An episode of The Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast – Alex Fitch talks to anime expert Helen McCarthy in front of an audience of manga fans at Streatham Library about the work of manga and animé pioneer Osamu Tezuka who is the subject of a season now on at The Barbican. Alex and Helen talk about Tezuka’s career in animé from early experimental shorts to the big budget adaptation of his classic manga comic Metropolis. Also comedienne and actress Jessica Fostekew reviews the cinema release of Eden Lake and the DVD release of Annie Leibovitz – Life Through a Lens

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org
Listen to the other half of Helen and Alex’s chat about Tezuka, focussing on the artist’s manga work…

Links: Info on Movies into Manga: Osamu Tezuka at The Barbican
wikipedia page on Osamu Tezuka
Info on the current Kamishibai tour of the UK
Review of Tezuka’s Black Jack volume one by Joe McCulloch
Info about Helen’s panel on Tezuka at The Bristol Comics expo earlier this year (under “2pm Ramada Suite”)
Buy Helen’s books from amazon.co.uk
Info on Osamu Tezuka titles on DVD at imdb.com
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Helen McCarthy and The Streatham Library Graphic Novels readers group part one / part two
Jess’ page at castingcallpro.com
myspace page for The Instute, the improv group featuring Jessica Fostekew

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Podcast: The Current state of animé

May 11, 2007 6 Comments

Last night’s show is now available to download… (mp3 format, 28.7mb)

For more info and a selection of different file formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.com

Tonight’s show: The Current state of Animé

May 10, 2007 7 Comments

Alex Fitch interviews Helen McCarthy, author of ‘Hayao Miyazaki – Master of Japanese Animation’, ‘500 Manga heroes and villains’ and co-author of ‘The Anime encyclopedia’ about the season of Japanese animated films she’s curated at the Barbican which coincides with the 90th anniversary of the medium. The season continues this month with a sold-out screening of Satoshi Kon’s new film Paprika, so Alex and Helen talk about the director as well as the work of his predecessors and contemporaries such as Miyazaki and Ôtomo plus the continuing influence of manga artist Osamu Tezuka.

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

Links: If you want to queue for returns, here’s
info on the Barbican Japanimation season
…plus next month’s ‘Animate the World’ season
Wikipedia pages on Satoshi Kon, Hayao Miyazaki, Katsuhiro Ōtomo, Osamu Tezuka and anime in general
For the latest Anime news, why not check out otakunews.com
Buy 500 Manga Heroes and Villains and The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917 from amazon.com