Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

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Reality Check: the True Love of Arthur Sleep

April 26, 2013

Stills from Arthur Sleep and True Love

Stills from Arthur Sleep and True Love

the True Love of Arthur Sleep: Alex Fitch talks to graphic designer turned film-maker Sam Harris about his short silent film Arthur Sleep, a half hour Stygian odyssey that mixes elements of The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari and Eraserhead, as a trip on the London Underground takes a traveller into more mysterious destinations than he envisioned. Also, in a Q and A recorded at last year’s SCI-FI-LONDON, Alex talks to the writers and producer of True Love, an SF thriller that tests a couple’s devotion to each other as a set of innocuous questions in a surrealist prison turn to torture. (Originally broadcast 26th April 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

Arthur Sleep is premiering at Deptford Old Town Hall, New Cross, London SE14 6AF on 28 April at 4pm with a live score performed by members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and London art-rock bands – more info at
www.freefilmfestivals.org / True Love is released in Japanese cinemas on 27th April and this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival takes place at various venues around London from 30th April – more info at www.sci-fi-london.com

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com (more…)

Panel Borders: Multimedia Comics by Edgar Wright and Dave Lander

July 22, 2012 4 Comments

Brandon Generator by Edgar Wright and Tommy Lee Edwards / cover of Decadance #9 / stills from Immortality by Dave Lander and MOA-192B by Stathis Tsemberlidis

Brandon Generator by Edgar Wright and Tommy Lee Edwards / cover of Decadance #9 / stills from Immortality by Dave Lander and MOA-192B by Stathis Tsemberlidis

Multimedia Comics: In the third of our series on comic book collaborators, Alex Fitch talks to two pairs of creators who have created cross platform comics that exist as both as sequential art and moving pictures. Film-maker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and Tommy Lee Edwards (Turf) discuss their interactive motion comic The Random adventures of Brandon Generator designed to promote Internet Explorer 9, and Dave Lander and Stathis Tsemberlidis discuss Decadence #9 plus their spin off short films Immortality and MOA-192B… Originally broadcast 22/07/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM

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

Today’s show: Multimedia Comics by Edgar Wright and Dave Lander

July 22, 2012

Tonight at 8pm on Resonance 104.4 FM… Panel Borders: Multimedia Comics

Brandon Generator by Edgar Wright and Tommy Lee Edwards / cover of Decadance #9 / stills from Immortality by Dave Lander and MOA-192B by Stathis Tsemberlidis

Brandon Generator by Edgar Wright and Tommy Lee Edwards / cover of Decadance #9 / stills from Immortality by Dave Lander and MOA-192B by Stathis Tsemberlidis

In the third of our series on comic book collaborators, Alex Fitch talks to two pairs of creators who have created cross platform comics that exist as both as sequential art and moving pictures. Film-maker Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and Tommy Lee Edwards (Turf) discuss their interactive motion comic The Random adventures of Brandon Generator designed to promote Internet Explorer 9, and Dave Lander and Stathis Tsemberlidis discuss Decadence #9 plus their spin off short films Immortality and MOA-192B

8pm, Sunday 22nd July 2012, Resonance 104.4FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com

Links: Official Brandon Generator website
Review of The Random Adventures of Brandon Generator on downthetubes.net
Decadence comics website / Stathis Tsemberlidis’ myspace page
Listen to Dickon Harris’ previous interviews with Dave Lander (more…)

Autumn 2010 in print

October 30, 2010

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Reviews…

SkylineSkyline
Release date: 12/11/10 (Cinema)
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A Town called PanicA Town called Panic
Release date: 08/10/10 (Cinema)
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La HordeLa Horde
Release date: 17/09/10 (Cinema)
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The Last ExorcismThe Last Exorcism
Release date: 03/09/10 (Cinema)
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Full Metal Alchemist: BrotherhoodFull Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Release date: 23/08/10 (DVD)
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Comic strip reviews…

City Lights comic extract City Lights
reviewed by Gwen and Andrew Cheverton
Release date: 15/11/10 (DVD / Blu-Ray)
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Big Tits Zombie review extract Big Tits Zombie
reviewed by Dan Lester
Release date: 11/10/10 (DVD / Blu-Ray)
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Pet Shop of Horrors comic review Pet Shop of Horrors
reviewed by David O’Connell
Release date: 02/08/10 (DVD)
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Articles…

Animal trilogy by Dario Argento Dario Argento’s ‘animal trilogy’: Bird with the Crystal Plumage / Cat o’Nine Tails/ Four Flies on Grey Velvet




Hammer and Tongs Alex Fitch interviews Hammer and Tongs
a.k.a. Nick Goldsmith and Garth Jennings




Joe Dante Alex Fitch interviews Joe Dante
part one / two



Futuristic cities on film Futuristic cities on film:
From Metropolis to Dream Home

Today’s screening: Luc Besson’s Le dernier combat (1983)

April 24, 2010

Electric Sheep Subterranea logo
Electric Sheep SubterraneaLe dernier combat (1983)

Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in our new venue Notting Hill Arts Club.

Join us every three months on the third Saturday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by short films, music and other attractions.

American poster for Le Dernier Combat

American poster for Le Dernier Combat

Electric Sheep hosts an afternoon of film, music and comics as part of Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoons.

Electric Sheep Magazine hosts a Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoon of film, music and discussion in the underbelly of Notting Hill.

Main feature: Luc Besson’s debut sci-fi movie The Last Battle, presented with a new live soundtrack by TIME and introduced by Marc Price, the director of the low budget British zombie movie Colin!
+ Apocalyptic garage punk from Speak and the Spells!
+ Apocalyptic shorts!
+ Resonance FM DJ Robin Warren spins soundtrack tunes!

We are very excited to present an apocalyptic afternoon in collaboration with Sci-Fi London. We will be showing Luc Besson’s stunning first feature The Last Battle, about one man trying to survive in a devastated future world. Starring Jean Reno, it has all of Besson’s stylistic flair but is unlike anything else he has made since. Surreal, blackly funny and visually striking, it is a fascinating addition to the post-apocalyptic sci-fi genre. The Last Battle will be shown with a live soundtrack by innovative string and synths duo TIME. Frances Morgan (former editor of Plan B Magazine) and Mark Dicker weave a web of sound where warm harmonies slowly mutate into saturated riffs while haunting vocals add a dimension of storytelling.

Every third Saturday of every third month, Notting Hill Arts Club.

ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING IS FREE!

SATURDAY 24th APRIL, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ, 4pm

More info at Electric Sheep Magazine Online

Links: Info about our previous RoTa screening
IMDb page on Le Dernier Combat / Colin
Rough Trade Shops


Extract from Dr. Jeckyll and Sister Hyde review by Julia Scheele

Extract from Dr. Jeckyll and Sister Hyde review by Julia Scheele


For info on the latest online issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here including a comic strip review of Dr. Jeckyll and Sister Hyde by Julia Scheele

In association with and

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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Today’s screening: Guy Maddin Double Bill – Careful + The Saddest Music in the World

March 10, 2010

Electric Sheep Film Club: Careful (1992) + The Saddest Music in the World (2003)

We celebrate the genius of Guy Maddin, who over the last two decades has developed an entirely personal and always enchanting world, poetic, macabre and playful in equal measures.

Electric Sheep podcast:
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A delirious silent-style homage to the German mountain films of the 1920s, Careful takes place in a village whose inhabitants must talk in whispers for fear of triggering an avalanche. In such a repressed environment, forbidden passions and incestuous desires dangerously come close to boiling point. This is a very rare occasion to not only see Maddin’s feverish mountain extravaganza on the big screen but in Britain at all, as the film is yet to be released on DVD in this country…

In The Saddest Music in the World, a musical set in Winnipeg with a screenplay by Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the day), Isabella Rossellini’s crippled baroness holds a contest to find the saddest music performer on earth. Eccentric musical interludes alternate with a convoluted story of complicated love triangles, familial rivalries and buried past traumas, the outlandish melodrama shot through with exquisitely strange details (glass legs filled with beer!) and deadpan humour.

Hilarious, dreamlike and full of wonders, these are films like no others. Watch and be amazed!

Price: single film – £6.50/£4.00 Prince Charles members
Double bill: £11/£7 PCC members
Certificate 15
Dir: Guy Maddin, Canada 1992 / 2003

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Careful or The Saddest Music in the World and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. We are delighted to announce that Greg Klymkiv, the producer of Careful, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 25 March. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in April. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club.

Links: Reviews of Careful and The Saddest Music in the World in Electric Sheep Magazine
Video / podcast of Alex Fitch’s interview with Guy Maddin
Alex’s reviews of Maddin’s Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary and My Winnipeg

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

Electric Sheep Magazine version 4.0

February 11, 2010

Electric Sheep Magazine is dead…

Long live Electric Sheep online!

Bloody Ballet montage by Julia Scheele
Bloody Ballet montage by Julia Scheele

Available online now is the fourth incarnation of Electric Sheep Magazine. ESM started out as an online magazine, metamorphosed into an A5 print magazine available in selected Art House Cinemas, regenerated into a full sized magazine with a spine available in selected Art Galleries and book shops and is now online only again. This is not to say it won’t return to print again in the future, but for now we’re concentrating on the online version, bringing across some of the best features of the print magazine to the web. These include illustrations by top small press comic book artists such as Julia Scheele who is the first illustrator of our new ‘themes‘ section which brings the quarterly nature of the print magazine to a monthly section online….

Our quarterly comic strip reviews are now also monthly online, starting with a new Asian horror film collection review by Dan Lester, who also provided us with our first print comic…

Plus in issue 36 of Electric Sheep Magazine online: 

We explore the dark and supernatural side of ballet on film with articles on Suspiria, The Red Shoes and a review of Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary by Alex Fitch.

New cinema releases include Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, reviewed by Mark Stafford and Japanese debut Asyl, which centres on an unusual ‘love hotel’ in Tokyo. We examine how Takeshi Kitano confronts his ‘Beat’ Takeshi persona in the long-awaited Takeshis’ to offer an iconoclastic dissection of fame. We discuss our favourite Hitchcock blondes in anticipation of the Blonde Crazy retrospective at Birds Eye View next month. In the DVD section, we review Fritz Lang’s unsurpassed classic M and Craig Baldwin’s conspiratorial history of Scientology Mock Up on Mu. We look at Kim Longinotto’s Gaea Girls and Shinjuku Boys, two documentaries on women living on the margins of Japanese society and as part of our exploration of online movies, we look at David Lynch’s website.

In Short Cuts, we have a report on the 7th London Short Film Festival, which once more offered many memorable moments, while in our Alter Ego column, transferring from our print incarnation, Welcome to Mars author Ken Hollings tells us why he would be Astro Boy if he was a film character. Finally, quirky pop genius Lightspeed Champion picks his favourite films in the Film Jukebox. Also listen to our latest podcast, in which Alex Fitch talks to Oscar winning actress Susannah York about her career.

www.electricsheepmagazine.com

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Saturday Screening: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) + live DJ score

February 5, 2010

Electric Sheep Subterranea logo
Electric Sheep SubterraneaThe Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in our new venue Notting Hill Arts Club.

Join us every second Saturday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by short films, music and other attractions.

Phantom of the Opera poster

Phantom of the Opera poster

Electric Sheep hosts an afternoon of film, music and comics as part of Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoons.

The earliest film version of the legendary figure and one of the first silent horror films, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) stars the great Lon Chaney as the horribly disfigured Erik who leads a secret and lonely existence beneath the Paris Opera. After falling in love with a beautiful young singer, he holds her prisoner in his underground lair. Darkly poetic and full of visual delights, the film creates a startling world of nightmarish beauty while Chaney superbly brings out the terrible humanity of the monster.

The film will be shown with a live DJ rescore by DJ Downfall.

Courtesy of Eureka Entertainment

+ WE ARE WORDS + PICTURES COMICS STALL

We Are Words + Pictures are a London-based team of illustrators and writers who bring comics to new readers through events, workshops, publications and market stalls. WAW+P will be bringing illustrator Anna Saunders to Electric Sheep Subterranea, where she’ll be drawing alongside the screening, as well as a selection of ‘zines and comics, which will be on sale in the bar. WAW+P are contributors to the new anthology Solipsistic Pop edited by Eagle Award winner Tom Humberstone, which aims to showcase the best in current British small press and underground comic books, and will be available for sale at the event.

+ DJS AND SHORT FILMS designed to compliment the main feature…

Every first Saturday of the month, Notting Hill Arts Club.

ENTRY TO THIS SCREENING IS FREE!

SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ, 4pm

More info at Electric Sheep Magazine Online
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Today’s screening: The Lodger (1927)

December 2, 2009

Electric Sheep Film Club: The Lodger – a story of the London fog (1927)

For the eighth meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, we’re showing the classic London-set thriller about paranoia in the days of Jack the Ripper:

The Lodger – a story of the London fog (1927)

15 frames from the opening of The Lodger by Alfred Hitchcock

15 frames from the opening of The Lodger by Alfred Hitchcock

Considered by Hitchcock as his first real film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog is a silent sexual psychodrama set in a foggy, gloomy London terrorised by a killer loosely modelled on Jack the Ripper. As blonde women are murdered around the city, a sinister gentleman takes up lodgings at the house of an elderly couple and is soon showing an interest in their pretty blonde daughter. A real sense of menace pervades the story and the visual inventiveness makes the film a fantastic treat.

Do not miss this very special, one-off event: we are very proud to present the acclaimed musicians Minima who will be performing a live, improvised rescore of the film. Minima will be doing a Q & A after the film with ESM assistant editor Alex Fitch.
Please note the later than usual starting time.

Price: £6.50/£5.00 Prince Charles members
Certificate PG
Dir: Alfred Hitchcock, UK 1927

Wednesday 2nd November, 9pm, Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, WC2
More info at www.princecharlescinema.com and www.electricsheepmagazine.com

FILM WRITING COMPETITION:
Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of the screening of The Lodger with rescore by Minima and send it to ladyvengeance[at]electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. A film professional will select the best review, in this instance Ian Francis, co-director of 7 Inch Cinema and Flatpack Festival, which returns in March 2010. Deadline: December 16.
The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club. You can read last month’s winning review of Repulsion here.

IMDb page for The Lodger
View 1000 frames of The Lodger at the ‘Hitchcock wiki’
Listen to Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch talk to BBC sound engineer Robin Warren about Hitchcock’s Notorious, to Alex Hogg from Minima about scoring silent movies and to Oscar winning director Joseph Strick in our most recent podcast

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

In association with

Recommended events:

Woodrow Phoenix at Brighton Library
Woodrow Phoenix, esteemed author of the astonishing graphic road-rage-busting RUMBLE STRIP, and so much else, will be doing his thing at the Jubilee Library this coming Thursday 3rd December at 6pm. His publishers Myriad Editions would be delighted if you could join them for a pre-Christmas drink and to hear Woodrow talk about art, words, life, and his experience of comic workshopping with 150 kids at a go, during his recent British Council tour of India.

Jubilee Library, Jubilee St, Brighton, BN1 1GE

Thursday 3rd December at 6pm…

Bad Santa screening

Sasquatch Cinema is a monthly film night held at the new Shortwave cinema in 10 Bermondsey Square, London, SE1 3UN (Tel: 0207 357 6845). / nearest tube Borough (Northern line).

We will be showing an eclectic range of films including cult classics and rarities you may not have seen before.

The next film we will be showing is a late night screening of Bad Santa – staring Billy Bob Thornton on Friday, 11th December at 22:30.
The traditional Christmas tale will never be the same with the cleverly twisted, merrily irreverent story of a Santa so bad he’s wickedly funny. This is one of the best Christmas movie’s of all times.
The cinema has a bar, and you can even bring your drinks in and watch the film!

The entry fee is £5.00. Tickets are sold on the night on a first come – first served basis. Email: gabzucc[at]yahoo.com for more info.

Please view Sasquatch Cineama’s facebook / myspace pages for more details about the film

Today’s show: The films of Joseph Strick

November 20, 2009

Today on Resonance FM:

I’m ready for my close-up – The films of Joseph Strick

Rip Torn, Joseph Strick and Henry Miller on the set of Tropic of Cancer (1969), photograph by Carlo Bavagnoli, (c) Life Magazine

Rip Torn, Joseph Strick and Henry Miller on the set of Tropic of Cancer (1969), photograph by Carlo Bavagnoli, (c) Life Magazine

To coincide with the ‘Directorspective’ of the work of Joseph Strick, currently at The Barbican centre in London, Alex Fitch talks to the Oscar winning director about his career from working as a U.S. Air Force photographer during the Second World War to directing adaptations of challenging texts such as James Joyce’s Ulysses and Portrait of the artist as a young man, Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and Jean Genet’s The Balcony. A selection of 6 of Strick’s films will be screened on consecutive days at The Barbican from 19/11/09 and there is also an additional daily screening of a new print of Ulysses (1967) until 26/11/09.

You can also download the interview now as an episode of the Electric Sheep Podcast

5pm 20/11/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com

Links: Info about the Barbican ‘Directorspective’ and additional daily Ulysses screenings
Info about Joseph Strick on the IMDb and wikipedia

For info on the latest issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

In association with

Recommended events:

Signings:

Reinhard Kleist signing Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness Saturday 21 November 13:00 – 14:00
Reinhard Kleist will be signing his graphic novel Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 21st November 1- 2pm
Johnny Cash was a seventeen-time Grammy winner who sold more than 90 million albums in his lifetime and became an icon of American music. Already a bestseller and award-winner in Europe, JOHNNY CASH: I SEE DARKNESS vividly portrays the unpredictable, turbulent life of a loner, patriot, outlaw, and music business rebel with all the drama and character befitting the man who became a legend in his own lifetime.

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Comica week 3:

Hoshino Yukinobu: From Hokkaido To Infinity
Helen McCarthy introduces the works of manga master Hoshino Yukinobu.
Where: British Museum, Gt Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
When: November 21, 2009 – 1.15pm to 2pm

Reinhard Kleist: I See A Darkness
Reinhard Kleist discusses his graphic biography of the most famous country singer of all time, Johnny Cash.
Where: Nash Room, ICA, The Mall, London
When: November 22, 2009 – from 7pm
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Today’s screening / performance: Bela Emerson and Bibio featuring Tusalava (1929)

October 19, 2009

Electric Sheep / 7 Inch Cinema screening / performance: Bela Emerson and Bibio featuring Tusalava (1929)

7 Inch Cinema and Electric Sheep present live sets from BELA EMERSON and BIBIO + a programme of shorts.

By way of a warm-up for next year’s Flatpack Festival (23-28 March, Birmingham), roving film exhibitors 7 Inch Cinema are teaming up with Electric Sheep magazine for a night of visual music and films you can dance to. Within the velvet-draped refuge of the Roxy Bar and Screen, south London, you’ll find a freewheeling lineup of film and two very special guests…

BELA EMERSON: Mesmerising electric cellist who combines improvised performance with live processing using a host of pedals and gadgets. At the Roxy she’ll be accompanying a selection of classic avant-garde shorts including Len Lye’s debut Tusalava.

BIBIO: Since signing to Warp this year Bibio has produced some of his most ambitious and memorable work, stirring up textured electronica with elements of soul and hip hop to mighty effect. Tonight he’ll be accompanying cinefilm road-movies with a genre-hopping DJ set.

And with the London Film Festival going on up the road, there will also be a lucky dip of shorts, animation and music videos put together by 7 Inch Cinema and Electric Sheep.

MONDAY 19 OCTOBER, Roxy Bar and Screen, 7pm, £4
128-132 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB

Links: Info about Tusalava at Screen Online
BELA EMERSON and BIBIO
Flatpack Festival
Roxy Bar and Screen

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

Also, the October 2009 online issue of Electric Sheep is now available and includes Alex Fitch’s interview with with Marc Price about his ‘£45’ Zombie film Colin , our round-up of the 2009 Frightfest including mini-reviews of Pontypool, Triangle and Trick ‘r Treat plus Alex’s article on ‘Retrofitting the future’ in Ghost in the Shell 2.0 and Evangelion 1.0

In association with

Related events: BOB BURNS’ HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN
For those of us that grew up having heard the stories from a mysterious place called Burbank of a horror movie fan and his wife entertaining countless trick or treaters with live Halloween shows, low and behold you too can now experience them at BOB BURNS’ HOLLYWOOD HALLOWEEN.COM. From now until October 31, you will be able to relive Bob, Kathy and countless others as they recount the experiences of recreating everything from HG Wells’ travels through time to the search through the bowels of the Nostromo being stalked by an ALIEN.
You can watch online chapters of this amazing documentary along with photo gallery, bios and links to other classic movie websites. Every week there will be 4 new chapters available to watch, with the entire documentary viewable from Oct 31st.
Experience Halloween the way it was meant to …through the eyes of Bob Burns and Friends.
www.bobburnshollywoodhalloween.com
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Electric Sheep podcast: The current state of Gay cinema part 1 (Kenneth Anger / LLGFF)

July 7, 2009 2 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast:
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The current state of Gay cinema part 1 (Kenneth Anger / LLGFF)

Interview originally broadcast 03/07/09 in an edited version on www.resonancefm.com

Kenneth Anger at the Imperial War Museum, photo by Damon Cleary

Kenneth Anger at the Imperial War Museum, photo by Damon Cleary

Following London Gay Pride weekend, in the first of two podcasts looking at the current state of gay cinema, Alex Fitch looks at this year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and at the short film collection ‘Boys on film 2: In too deep’. Virginie Sélavy interviews infamous gay experimental film maker Kenneth Anger about his work, from the Magick Lantern Cycle of the second half of the last century to his current interest in digital media and manipulation. (Part 1 of 2)

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

Links: Read a transcript of Virginie’s interview with Kenneth Anger and Alex’s article about gay cinema at http://www.electricsheepmagazine.com
Anger’s Wikipedia and IMDb pages
Article about Anger’s recent films at www.artforum.com
Buy Boys on film 2 from peccadillopictures.com
Info about London Pride film screenings

For info on the latest issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here

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

Today’s show: The films of Kenneth Anger

July 3, 2009 2 Comments

Today on Resonance FM:

I’m ready for my close-up: Kenneth Anger

Kenneth Anger at the Imperial War Museum, photo by Damon Cleary

Kenneth Anger at the Imperial War Museum, photo by Damon Cleary

To herald the arrival of London Gay Pride weekend, Virginie Sélavy talks to infamous experimental film maker Kenneth Anger about his career, from ground breaking shorts such as his Magick Lantern Cycle and Scorpio Rising in the 1960s, to his recent return to the medium after a twenty year break.

5pm, Friday 03/07/09, Resonance 104.4 FM / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast soon after transmission at www.electricsheepmagazine.wordpress.com

Links: Read a transcript of Virginie’s interview with Kenneth Anger at www.electricsheepmagazine.com
Anger’s Wikipedia and IMDb pages
Article about Anger’s recent films at www.artforum.com
Info about London Pride film screenings

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

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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 podcast: World Cinema, Spring 2009

April 16, 2009 2 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: World Cinema, Spring 2009

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Interviews originally broadcast 26/03/09 on www.resonancefm.com

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

In the latest edition of the Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, we’re looking at recent world and art-house cinema releases on DVD and in cinemas. Alex Fitch interviews the director (Christophe Van Rompaey) and star (Jurgen Delnaet) of the new Belgian rom-com Moscow, Belgium / Aanrijding in Moscou, while Jessica Fostekew talks to director Paolo Sorrentino about his new film Il Divo, which chronicles the life of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti who has been tried for murder and ties to the Mafia, but acquitted due to the 24 year gap of getting the case before the courts.

Also, Alex reviews the Spanish Science Fiction thriller Timecrimes / Los cronocrímenes and our new reviewer David Warwick looks at the new DVD of Geoffrey Malins’ The Battle of the Somme (1916).

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

Links: IMDb pages on Il Divo, Moscow, Belgium, The Battle of the Somme and Timecrimes
Il Divo, Moscow, Belgium, Timecrimes and The Battle of the Somme official websites
Wikipedia pages on
Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium

Listen to Alex’s interview with Toby Haggith (Imperial War Museum) and Andrew Robertshaw (National Army Museum) about the restoration of The Battle of the Somme
European Cinema info site
Londonnet’s guide to all the times and locations of all films currently showing in the Capital’s cinemas
Listen to Jess deliver a Sweeney Todd monologue
Jess’ pages at
spotlight.com, castingcallpro.com and comedycv.co.uk

Jess’s film reviews: in (electronic) print and podcast

Electric Sheep podcast: Experimental film as performance art

February 19, 2009 2 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: Experimental film as performance art

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Interviews originally broadcast 30/10/08 and 12/02/09 on www.resonancefm.com

 

In this episode we’re looking at how experimental cinema and experimental approaches to cinema recycle and reuse intriguing images from the past. Later in the podcast Alex Fitch talks to Wajid Yaseen, the artistic director of Ear Cinema about their touring project Late Noon Sun which uses silent movie tropes and iconography in a haunting theatrical installation about murder and magic that combines projection and performance in an immersive 360 degree experience.

Late Noon Sun is next on at The Colchester Arts Centre on the 18th of February 2009 and for future performances please visit www.earcinema.co.uk for more info.

Also, we’ve reunited the presenters of Resonance FM’s long missed radio show Midnight Sex Talk for a preview of the short films of experimental filmmaker Jeff Keen which are about to be shown at the BFI southbank and elsewhere and released in a new definitive box set.,
MST co-presenter Kim Morgan joins us later in the show and for the rest of the time we’re talking to presenter Tania Glyde who also worked as the agony aunt for Time Out magazine and has recently written the book “Cleaning up, how I gave up drinking and lived”, which has just been published in paperback.

Jeff Keen’s films mix found footage of pop culture items and iconography combined with experimental scenes of domesticity, landscapes and violence. There are four compilations of Jeff’s work being shown at the BFI Southbank over the next two weeks and in March at various cinemas in Bristol, Hastings and Belfast, more info about which you can find at bfi.org.uk and also in March a definitive 4 DVD box set is being released on their label. For this podcast’s review of his work,Alex Fitch sat down with Tania and we watched 7 of Keen’s films in a row with Kim joining us for the 8th and stopped after each one to record our immediate thoughts on what we’d just watched.

Screenings of Keen’s work are on at the BFI Southbank on the 17th, 19th, 25th and 27th of this month February 2009, and you can find more info at www.bfi.org.uk

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org
To find out more about Electric Sheep Screenings, please click here and for the magazine, please visit www.electricsheepmagazine.com

Links: Jeff Keen– More info on the BFI’s Jeff Keen season and DVD box set
Listen to Kim’s previous film reviews
Tania’s blog and info about her book Cleaning up, how I gave up drinking and lived
Alex’s early radio appearances on episodes of Midnight Sex Talk concerning “Movies”, “Censorship”, “Death” and “Psychos”!
Visit the archive of Tania and Kim’s previous shows at www.midnightsextalk.com
Wajid Yaseen His cinema / theatre group’s website www.earcinema.co.uk including info on Late Noon Sun
Wikipedia page on “3D Sound”
Listen to Alex’s interview with Peter Greenaway

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Electric Sheep news:

Tom Humberstone exhibition at Orbital

The comic shop Orbital which Marc Ellerby waxed lyrical about in a recent Panel Borders, have relocated to 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JF (previously the Photographer’s Gallery).
Orbital appropriately now also have an exhibition space, which opened with a selection of new art pages by Tom Humberstone from the latest issue of his Eagle award winning title: How to date a girl in ten days.

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com / www.ventedspleen.com

and…

Here’s Johnny Screening on More4

The excellent documentary Here’s Johnny about artist John (Nemesis the Warlock, Judge Dredd) Hicklenton’s battle with multiple sclerosis is being shown tonight (17/02/09) at 10pm on More4. The film includes great examples of his work and interviews with the likes of Pat Mills and Glenn Fabry…
More info about the film on its official site.

Electric Sheep podcast: Hitchcock, Hyde and Houdini – the Magic of Classics

January 29, 2009 3 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: Hitchcock, Hyde and Houdini – the Magic of Classics

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In an interview / Q and A recorded live at the Roxy Bar and Screen, Alex Fitch talks to magician Granville Markland about depictions of magic and magicians on the big screen, focussing on the work of Harry Houdini in such films as The Man from Beyond (1922) and the more recent blurring of fact and fiction in movies like The Prestige and The Illusionist. Also, Alex talks to musician and comedy writer Robin Warren from the band Liberation Jumpsuit about the recent BFI cinema rereleases of Hitchcock’s Notorious and Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde (1931) which combine suspense and eroticism to beguiling effect.

For more info, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org
To find out more about Electric Sheep Screenings, please click here and for the magazine, please visit www.electricsheepmagazine.com

Links: Wikipedia pages on Hitchcock’s Notorious, Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde and Harry Houdini
Book tickets for Notorious at the BFI Southbank

Robin’s band: Liberation Jumpsuit
Download Robin’s kids radio show the Yummy Mummy School Run at http://www.archive.org
Info about Granville’s performances at the Imperial War Museum

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Electric Sheep news:

Tom Humberstone exhibition at Orbital

The comic shop Orbital which Marc Ellerby waxed lyrical about in last week’s Panel Borders, have relocated to 8 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JF (previously the Photographer’s Gallery).
Orbital appropriately now also have an exhibition space, which opened with a selection of new art pages by Tom Humberstone from the latest issue of his Eagle award winning title: How to date a girl in ten days.

More info at www.orbitalcomics.com / www.ventedspleen.com

and…

After Tezuka at The Barbican

Continuing the Barbican’s current multimedia celebration of the art of classic manga artist Osamu Tezaka, there are screenings of Black Jack + Q&A with Helen McCarthy Akira, and Phoenix: Immutable Conclusion this weekend 31st Jan & 1st Feb.

More info at www.barbican.org.uk

Today’s shows: The Fate of Eddie Campbell, Peter Greenaway, Ear Cinema and silent horror!

October 30, 2008 8 Comments

Today on Resonance FM:

Strip: Eddie Campbell – the life and many deaths of the artist

In the fourth of four episodes of Panel Borders looking at the work of artist Eddie Campbell, Alex Fitch talks to Eddie about his books The Fate of the Artist, The Black Diamond Detective Agency and The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard. Alex and Eddie also touch on film to comic adaptations and vice versa and the lack of heroes at the beginning on the twenty first century via consideration of his comics From Hell, Bacchus and Alec
(With thanks to Oli Smith for putting Alex in touch with Eddie Campbell)

5pm 30/10/08 Resonance 104.4 FM,
repeated 11.30pm 02/11/08

Clear Spot: Silent horror, cinema of the Ear and murder mysteries in paint

In a special Devil’s night broadcast Alex Fitch talks to Peter Greenaway about his new film Nightwatching which postulates that Rembrandt hid the clues to a murder mystery in one of his most famous paintings. Alex also talks to Robert Rider (cinema programmer at the Barbican) about his season of silent horror films that continues tonight with The Man who Laughs and to Wajid Yaseen about his spooky theatre experience Late Noon Sun which combines cinema projection and performance to unsettling effect.
(With thanks to the Raindance film festival for organising the interview with Peter Greenaway.)

8pm 30/10/08 Resonance 104.4 FM

Links:
Eddie Campbell – Eddie’s blog
First Second books, publishers of Eddie’s three most recent books
Wikipedia page on Eddie Campbell
Buy From Hell from www.topshelfcomix.com (U.S) or Knockabout comics (U.K.), who also stock Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s other collaboration: ‘A disease of language’
Listen to Oz Comics’ Grant Stone talk to Eddie about The Fate of the artist

Robert RiderSilent horror films and Met Opera at the Barbican
Daily Telegraph article about silents at The Barbican
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Robert Rider and previous podcasts on silent movies

Peter GreenawayInfo on the Raindance screening of Nightwatching
IMDb page on Nightwatching
Wikipedia pages on Peter Greenaway, Rembrant’s Nightwatch and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Wajid Yaseen His cinema / theatre group’s website www.earcinema.co.uk including info on Late Noon Sun
Buy tickets to see Late Noon Sun at the ICA
Wikipedia page on “3D Sound”

I’m ready for my close-up: Silent horror and cinematic opera

October 29, 2008 2 Comments

I’m ready for my close-upSilent horror and cinematic opera
to be broadcast on 30/10/08 as part of the 8pm Clear Spot on Resonance FM

A special podcast episode of I’m ready for my close-up: Alex Fitch talks to Robert Rider, cinema programmer at the Barbican centre in London about their season of silent horror films which includes such films as Der Golem and The Man who laughs with scores that range from classic piano accompaniment to DJ mixing. Alex and Richard also talk about the centre’s presentations of New York Met. operas such as “Doctor Atomic” and Robert Lapage’s production of “The Damnation of Faust”.

The home of the audio podcast can be found at www.archive.org

Links: Info on screenings of Barbican screenings of silent horror films and New York Met. operas
Daily Telegraph article about silents at The Barbican
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Robert Rider and previous podcasts on silent movies

Electric Sheep video podcast: Guy Maddin and My Winnipeg

July 18, 2008 7 Comments

Electric Sheep video podcast: Guy Maddin and My Winnipeg

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An episode of The Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast – Alex Fitch talks to Guy Maddin about his new film “My Winnipeg” and about his career so far from Tales of the Gimli Hospital to The Saddest music in the world.

You can stream the show by clicking here and pressing the play button or right click here to save the mp4 file direct to your computer… (mp4 format, 27mins / 252mb)
This podcast is also available in an audio only format which includes an additional interview with Kinga P, a former resident of Winnipeg…

Links: Electric Sheep Magazine
IMDb and wikipedia pages on My Winnipeg
Transcript of Alex’s interview with Guy Maddin + Alex’s article on the film and the director’s career
Alex’s interview with Cecilia Araneda, director of the Winnipeg Film Group

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Electric Sheep podcast: Guy Maddin and My Winnipeg

July 10, 2008 6 Comments

Electric Sheep podcast: Guy Maddin and My Winnipeg

An episode of The Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast – Alex Fitch talks to Guy Maddin about his new film “My Winnipeg” and about his career so far from Tales of the Gimli Hospital to The Saddest music in the world. Alex also talks to former Winnipeg resident Kinga P about her experience of growing up in the city when she moved there as a 12 year old from Warsaw.
You can stream the show by clicking here and pressing the play button or right click here to save the mp3 file direct to your computer… (mp3 format, 41mins / 39.1mb)

The Guy Maddin interview is also available as a video podcast and print transcript

Links: Electric Sheep Magazine
IMDb and wikipedia pages on My Winnipeg
Kinga’s blog
Transcript of Alex’s interview with Guy Maddin + Alex’s article on the film and the director’s career
Alex’s interview with Cecilia Araneda, director of the Winnipeg Film Group

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