Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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September 9, 2014

Seconds and Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O Malley

Seconds and Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley

The new season of Panel Borders starts at 11am, Thursday 18th September on Resonance 104.4 FM (London) with a two part episode featuring Alex Fitch’s interview with Bryan Lee O’Malley, recorded at The British Library last month. Repeats are now on Saturday mornings at 7am (hoping to catch parents who like comics!). Podcasts of the last two episodes of the Spring run, featuring Dave McKean, Iain Sinclair and Rob Davis will be online later this week and the start of next.

If you’re a newcomer to the blog, welcome! Recent podcasts you might have missed include interviews with award winning American cartoonist Ben Katchor, Guardian cartoonists Karrie Fransman and Martin Rowson, and novelist Toby Litt, James O’Barr, creator of The Crow, plus editors Nick Newman and Ian Hislop discussing Private Eye(more…)

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O.S.T.: Sesame Street special 2010

December 23, 2010

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O.S.T.: Sesame Street special 2010

Orignally broadcast 27th November 2010 on Resonance 104.4 FM

LP covers of Susan Sings Sesame Street, Multiplication Rock and The Electric Company OST

LP covers of Susan Sings Sesame Street, Multiplication Rock and The Electric Company OST

This weekly programme is dedicated to film, TV and library music, and is hosted by Jonny Trunk. But this week Jonny’s got the builders in, so long-standing OST engineer Robin the Fog is taking the hotseat to present a two-hour smorgasbord of the funky, the strange and the diabolically instructional. Features a world exclusive from Basil Kirchin, the wonderful Loretta Long, a tour of Jim Henson’s brain, an overly-perky gent known only as the K-Tel Exercise Man; an awful lot of awkward 1960s small-talk and some screaming. Also features Alex Fitch, host of Resonance’s Panel Borders show discussing the merits of Cilla Black. Fun for all the family!

Appears here ‘warts-and-all’ as it originally went out on 27/11/2010, so feel free to skip through the talky bits.

Includes tracks from the LPs ‘Susan Sings Songs from Sesame Street’, Scepter Records, (1970), ‘Multiplication Rock’, Captiol, (1973), ‘The Electric Company OST’, CTW, (1972), ‘BBC Sounds Effects vol. 13 – Sounds of Death and Horror’. BBC Records, (1977) and Les Chanteurs et L’Orchestre De Michel Triventi performing the original French version of Ulysse(s) ’31 (from ‘Hit Parade des Enfants’, label and date unknown), plus much, much more…

Recorded, mixed and edited by Robin Warren

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can download or stream, please visit www.archive.org

Links: Listen to episodes of Robin’s childrens show The Yummy Mummy School Run
Regular OST presenter Johnny Trunk’s label Trunk Records
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I’m ready for my close-up: 3 Zombies, 2001 Maniacs and a Chainsaw Massacre!

July 31, 2010 1 Comment

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3 Zombies, 2001 Maniacs and a Chainsaw Massacre!

Originally broadcast 30/07/10 on Resonance 104.4 FM

The many faces of Bill Moseley

The many faces of Bill Moseley

Alex Fitch talks to actor Bill Moseley about his career in the horror film genre, and the continuing occurrence of sequels and remakes in his work, from appearing in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 and Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness in the 1980s, the remake of Night of the Living Dead in the 90s (and its forthcoming animated prequel), a trio of Rob Zombie films, including House of 1,000 corpses and The Devil’s Rejects and the recently released sequel to a Herschell Gordon Lewis ‘classic’: 2001 Maniacs – Field of Screams….

To download / stream this radio interview in a variety of formats, please visit www.archive.org

Links: Wikipedia pages on Bill Moseley, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams and Night of the Living Dead: Origins 3D
Official 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams website
Bill Moseley’s website Chop Top’s BBQ
Listen to Alex’s interview with Bill Moseley’s Army of Darkness co-star, Bruce Campbell

I’m ready for my close-up: Shooting Paradise

May 24, 2010 6 Comments

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Shooting Paradise
Originally broadcast 21/05/10 on Resonance 104.4 FM

Still from Paradise by Michael Almereyda

Still from Paradise by Michael Almereyda

Alex Fitch talks to Michael Almereyda about his new film Paradise, which is currently screening at the ICA and shows the director’s typically avant-garde approach to the travelogue film by collating his home movie footage from the last decade into a thematic sequence of vignettes about the modern world. Alex also talks to Michael about working with David Lynch on the belated Dracula sequel Nadja, Wim Wenders on the script for Until the end of the world and making Hamlet with Ethan Hawke

To download / stream this radio interview in a variety of formats, please visit www.archive.org

Links: Buy tickets for Paradise at the ICA
Michael Almereyda pages on Wikipedia and the IMDb

Recommended events:

Solipsistic Pop 2 at Orbital Comics

Contributors: Kristyna Baczynski, Becky Barnicoat, Adam Cadwell, Stephen Collins, Joe Decie, Marc Ellerby, Sally Hancox, Anne Holiday, Tom Humberstone, Philippa Johnson, Daniel Locke, Lizz Lunney, Jack Noel, Mark Oliver, Luke Pearson, Octavia Raitt, Anna Saunders, Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret, and Matilda Tristram.

Orbital Comics, 8 Great Newport Street, London WC2H 7JA
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I’m ready for my close-up: A lifetime of Cult films by Joe Dante

May 1, 2010 3 Comments

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A lifetime of Cult films by Joe Dante

Director Joe Dante and his most famous creation

Director Joe Dante and his most famous creation

Coinciding with veteran genre film maker Joe Dante receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Cine-Excess Cult film festival in London, Alex Fitch talks to the director about his career so far, concentrating on his new / old film The Movie Orgy (1968) which premièred last night at the festival. The Movie Orgy was initially a 5 hour film made of found footage spliced together by the director in the 1960s as a calling card for editing work in the industry. It succeeded in this aim, leading to a job under Roger Corman and Dante has just finished a new 90 min cut of the film for 21st Century audiences. Alex and Joe also talk about his shift from ‘adult’ horror films such as The Howling and Piranha (screening May 1st at Cine-Excess) in the 1970s to subversive family fare such as Gremlins in the 80s and the possibility of that film receiving a belated second sequel.

To download / stream this radio interview in a variety of formats, please visit www.archive.org

Links: Cine Excess website
More info about the cult film archive and MA course at Brunel University
Wikipedia and IMDb pages on Joe Dante
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I’m ready for my close-up: The films of Rex Bloomstein

February 27, 2009 1 Comment

I’m ready for my close-up: The films of Rex Bloomstein

Rex Bloomstein filming An Independent Mind

Rex Bloomstein filming An Independent Mind

A special episode of Resonance FM’s film show I’m ready for my close-up. Alex Fitch talks to director Rex Bloomstein about his films Traitors to Hitler (1979), KZ (2006) and An Independent Mind (2008) in advance of a screening of Traitors… at the Imperial War Museum as part of a weekend of films (28/02/02+01/03/09) and talks about the 1944 Bomb plot to kill Hitler (including a screening of Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise); Alex and Rex talk about documenting persecution and freedom of speech on film and notions of psychogeography in the documentary process.For more info about this podcast and a variety of different formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Rex’s website
Interview with Rex following a screening of KZ at the Sundance Film Festival
Rex’s page at the “British Documentary Website” dfgdocs.com
Rex’s filmography at the University of Leicester website
Imperial War Museum website

Strip! at Christmas…

December 19, 2008

Resonance FM is broadcasting repeats from Monday 22nd December to Sunday January 4th, 2009, so there’ll be no Strip! broadcast Christmas day as I’m sure you’d all rather be watching the Queen’s Speech. However, Strip! will be er… stripped throughout the week after with a daily repeat of the best episodes of the last three months from Monday 29th December – Friday 2nd Jan at 2.30pm daily:

Strip!: Charles Burns’ Fear(s) of the dark
Guest presenter Virginie Sélavy talks to the renowned American comic book artist and writer Charles Burns about Black Holeand the French portmanteau film Fear(s) of the dark…
Originally broadcast September 25th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Monday 29th December 2008

Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore

Alex Fitch talks to Alan Moore

Strip!: Alan Moore’s ‘From Hell’ and Psycho Geography
Alex Fitch talks to writer and magician Alan Moore about collaborating with artist Eddie Campbell on his masterpiece From Hell and the two comic book adaptations of his performances Snakes and Ladders and The Birth Caul.
Originally broadcast October 23rd 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Tuesday 30th December 2008

Strip: Eddie Campbell – the life and many deaths of the artist
Alex Fitch talks to artist / writer Eddie Campbell about his books The Fate of the Artist, The Black Diamond Detective Agency and The Amazing, Remarkable Monsieur Leotard.
Originally broadcast October 30th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Wednesday 31st December 2008

Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson

Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson

Strip!: The art of Jill Thompson
Alex Fitch talks to Jill Thompson about her spooky graphic novellas for all ages: Magic Trixie and Scary Godmother and about drawing DC comics such as Sandman and Wonder Woman…
Originally broadcast November 13th 2008,
repeat: 2.30pm Thursday 1st January 2009

Strip!: The work of Art Spiegelman
Guest presenter Grant Rogers talks to Pulitzer prize winning author Art Spiegelman about his seminal work Maus and the 30th anniversary republication of Breakdowns, his sophomoric collection of underground strips…
Originally broadcast November 27th 2008, repeat:
2.30pm Friday 2nd January 2009

The next new episode will follow at the usual time and day on January 8th 2009 and Alex Fitch will be talking to acclaimed children’s illustrator and comic book artist Raymond Briggs about his career…