Panel Borders and other podcasts

Panel Borders and other podcasts

Podcasts, radio shows, writing and more by Alex Fitch

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Tomorrow’s show: Comic and Fantasy Sounds

January 16, 2018

Tomorrow on Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB, Audio Dramatics: Comic and Fantasy Sounds

Cover of Dan Dare / Promo art for I, Robot / Dimension podcast art / Photo of Live performance of The Saga of the European King

Cover of Dan Dare / Promo art for I, Robot / Dimension podcast art / Photo of Live performance of The Saga of the European King

Continuing the new hour-long series on Resonance FM in which Alex Fitch talks to creators of audio dramas that have been broadcast on radio or released on CD and mp3 download, in a bimonthly slot alternating with the Electric Sheep Film Show.

In this episode Alex chairs a panel discussion on creating immersive audio recorded at the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival, with B7 Media’s Andrew Mark Sewell and Richard Kurti, the team behind audio adaptations of Dan Dare, The Martian Chronicles and I, Robot, and Jason Haigh-Ellery, CEO of Big Finish Productions who release B7 stories on CD.

Joining them are: Christina Barsi, creator of the sci-fi narrative podcast Dimension, and Charlotte Windle Mikkelborg who produces 3D soundscapes, including the virtual reality short Born into Exile screened at the first UN Special Summit on Refugees.

Also, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Tom McNally discusses his move from writing and publishing comics such as Semiotic Cohesion to creating a comedic fantasy podcast entitled Saga of the European King.

5.30pm Wednesday 17th January 2017, repeated 7am Tuesday 23rd January, Resonance 104.4 FM and DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / podcast after broadcast at www.panelborders.wordpress.com (more…)

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Reality Check: Darth Vader and the Girls from Goldfinger

December 30, 2015

Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet (photo by Mark Mawston) / Dave Prowse and friend (photo by Getty Images)

Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet (photo by Mark Mawston) / Dave Prowse and friend (photo by Getty Images)

Darth Vader and the Girls from Goldfinger: In Q and As recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON and the London Film Museum, Alex Fitch talks to Dave Prowse, Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet about appearing in (Saving) Star Wars and Goldfinger respectively. Shirley and Tania discuss being cast as Bond Girls: the Masterson sisters in the third 007 film, and Dave talks about turning down the role of Chewbacca for a more sinister position in George Lucas’ classic movies.

Sixth of the 12 Podcasts of Christmas. 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…)

Reality Check: Space Odysseys

December 2, 2014

Cover of They by Kay Dick / Foredown Tower, Portslade / Still from 2001 / Keir Dullea at the BFI

Cover of They by Kay Dick / Foredown Tower, Portslade / Still from 2001 / Keir Dullea at the BFI

Space Odysseys: Celebrating Sci-Fi programming at the BFI and Brighton’s Cine-City festival, Alex Fitch talks to writer / actor Graham Duff (Nebulous) about the Cine-City performance of ‘They – A sequence of unease’ adapted from a surrealist novel by author Kay Dick. Alex also chats to broadcaster and author Matthew Sweet about the new BFI print of 2001 – A Space Odyssey, with an extract from his recent Q and A about the film, featuring Keir Dullea, broadcast 2nd December 2014 on BBC Radio 3. (With thanks to BBC Arts)
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

Links: BBC Arts and Free Thinking websites
Info about the BFI Fear and Wonder season / the They performance at Cine-City (more…)

Book List: Novelizing Doctor Who

December 12, 2013 6 Comments

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Covers of Doctor Who novels by Terrance Dicks, Mark Platt, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Covers of Doctor Who novels by Terrance Dicks, Mark Platt, Paul Cornell, Jenny Colgan and Tommy Donbavand

Novelizing Doctor Who: In an hour long show looking at the long tradition of Doctor Who novelizations and original novels, Alex Fitch talks to five novelists who have written books and monologues based on all eras of the show: Jenny Colgan, Paul Cornell, Tommy Donbavand, Marc Platt, and script editor (1970-1974) Terrance Dicks. Recorded in front of a live audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Spring 2013.
(Originally broadcast 12/12/13 on Resonance FM)

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other formats you can download / stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org (more…)

Reality Check: Vanishing Brightness

October 12, 2013

Stills from Piercing Brightness and Vanishing Waves

Stills from Piercing Brightness and Vanishing Waves

Vanishing Brightness: To coincide with SCI-FI-LONDON Oktoberfest, we have a pair of QandAs from the Spring festival, in which Alex Fitch talks to the directors of a couple of the more cerebral SF films that screened at the Stratford Picturehouse. Kristina Buozyte discusses her erotic techno thriller Vanishing Waves in which a scientist travels into the mind of a coma patient to try and revive her consciousness. Also Shezad Dawood talks about his feature film Piercing Brightness where cultures and alien encounters collide in an elliptical film shot on the streets of Preston, Lancashire.
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

Links: Piercing Brightness tumblr
Vanishing Waves website
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Shezad Dawood
Listen to Virgine Selavy (Electric Sheep Magazine) interview Kristina Buozyte (more…)

Reality Check: Apocalypse Miao

May 4, 2013

Posters for Birdemic II and Best Friends Forever

Posters for Birdemic II and Best Friends Forever

Apocalypse Miao: In a pair of Q and As recorded at the London Science-Fiction Film Festival (SCI-FI-LONDON), Alex Fitch talks to the creators of two new low budget portrayals of the apocalypse on screen. Stars Alan Bagh and Thomas Favaloro, writer / director James Nguyen and producer Jeff Gross discuss the B movie spoof Birdemic II: The Resurrection and co-writer / star Vera Miao talks about her excellent mid-apocalyptic road movie Best Friends Forever. (Originally broadcast 3rd May 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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

Websites: www.bestfriendsforeverfilm.com / www.birdemic.com

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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…)

Reality Check: The chances of anything coming from Mars…

April 1, 2013 1 Comment

Liam Neeson in the music video for Forever Autumn / photo of The War of the Worlds concert by Ken Harrison

Liam Neeson in the music video for Forever Autumn / photo of The War of the Worlds concert by Ken Harrison

The chances of anything coming from Mars…: Alex Fitch talks to a musician and composer, whose recent concerts of a classic SF concept album will be shown on the big screen over the next few weeks. Jeff Wayne discusses The War of the Worlds – The New Generation, how he reworked the music over the last 35 years and oversaw animation to accompany the score in video games and live tours plus his hopes for the cinema release of the concert. Includes an extract from The Eve of the War (2012) featuring Liam Neeson. (Partially broadcast 29th March 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM).

The War of the Worlds – The New Generation is screening at UK cinemas from 11th April – more info at www.thewaroftheworldscinema.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…)

Reality Check: Time and relative Dimensions in the Search for Simon

March 21, 2013 2 Comments

Posters for Dimensions and The Search for Simon

Posters for Dimensions and The Search for Simon

Time and relative Dimensions in the Search for Simon: Alex Fitch talks to the cast and crew of two new low budget British SF movies: director Sloane U’Ren, editor Adam Garstone and members of the cast of Dimensions discuss their ‘Merchant Ivory’ style time travel film which mixes a love triangle with a time loop that joins their pasts with their futures. Also, on the set of new alien abductee comedy drama The Search for Simon, director Martin Gooch and one of the stars – Doctor Who alumnus Sophie Aldred – talk about this crowd funded feature that mixes elements of travelogue with the X-Files.

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…)

Reality Check: Animating the City

March 4, 2013 1 Comment

Still from Babledom and poster for Cycle

Still from Babledom and poster for Cycle

Animating the City: Alex Fitch talks to the directors of two new cutting-edge animated films which mix animation and live action footage to beguiling effect. In a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, Zoltan Sostai discusses his film Cycle, a spiritual successor to Tron and The Matrix, which sees a nameless astronaut trying to escape a bleak urban landscape which twists and loops back on itself, creating an endless maze he can’t find the exit from.
Also, British animator Paul Bush talks about his first feature film Babledom which looks into the layers of history and potential future that are unearthed by explorers of the modern city. Mixing a dialogue between two residents of a dystopian city in the style of Chris Marker’s La Jetée, with visuals that recall the architecture of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, Babledom is an evocative look at mankind’s varied relationships with the crowded spaces we inhabit. (more…)

Reality Check: The life electric

February 5, 2013

Stills from Death and Zero One

Stills from Death and Zero One

The life electric: In a show looking at the possible consequences of computer technology and Artificial Intelligence on humanity, Alex Fitch talks to the directors of two new films that address these themes and how it might impact on peoples lives and after-lives. Kareem Gray discusses his movie Zero One, a cross between Knight Rider and The Terminator in which a couple of hackers discover a sentient intelligence on the internet with the power to download itself into robots and other machines; Martin Gooch and members of the cast of Death discuss this new British fantasy film starring Leslie Philips in which a pair of siblings return to their family manse after the death of their father and discover he had been working on a computer programme that allows people to converse with the dead…
(Expanded podcast of an episode of I’m ready for my close-up, broadcast 01/02/13 on Resonance 104.4 FM)

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…)

Reality Check: Trek Nation

August 2, 2012

Trek Nation poster featuring Eugene Rod Roddenberry

Trek Nation poster featuring Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry

Trek Nation: Alex Fitch and Dr. Marek Kukula (Public Astronomer, Royal Greenwich Observatory) conduct a Q and A with Eugene ‘Rod’ Roddenberry after a screening of his film Trek Nation, which looks at the legacy of Gene Roddenberry and Star Trek. Recorded in front of an audience at SCI-FI-LONDON, Spring 2012.

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

Links: Official Roddenberry and Trek Nation websites
More info on the short film White Room and interview with the director, Greg Aronowitz (more…)

Reality Check: Documentary approaches to SF film

May 31, 2012 4 Comments

Stills from Piercing Darkness and Ghosts with shit jobs

Stills from Piercing Darkness and Ghosts with shit jobs

Documentary approaches to SF film: Alex Fitch talks to a pair of film-makers whose experiences outside of cinema have given them unique approaches to the medium. Shezad Dawood is a fine artist who, following a short film about westerns called Feature, is now tackling the SF genre with his movie Piercing Brightness, an extract of which is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Jim Monroe is a novelist and graphic novelist, whose excellent mockumentary Ghosts with shit jobs closed this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival and presents the lives of poor North Americans after the economy of the West collapses.

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…)

Reality Check: Dystopian TV and film

May 6, 2012 5 Comments

Stills from We are all Cylons directed by Ilana Rein / Radio Free Albemuth by  John Alan Simon

Stills from We are all Cylons directed by Ilana Rein / Radio Free Albemuth by John Alan Simon

Dystopian TV and film: Alex Fitch talks to Ilana Rein (director: We are all Cylons), Andrew Mark Sewell (producer: Blake’s 7 audio) and Ben Aaronovich (writer: Blake’s 7 audio / Doctor Who) about dystopian TV from The Time Tunnel to Battlestar Galactica; and to Elizabeth Karr (producer) and John Alan Simon (writer / director) of Philip K. Dick adaptation Radio Free Albemuth.

N.B./ There is an additional screening of Radio Free Albemuth at 2.30pm on Monday 7th May at Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street, London

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…)

Reality Check: Worlds of Wonder at the British Library

November 18, 2011 3 Comments

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 Farah Mendlesohn, Neil Gaiman, Rachel Armstrong, Peter F. Hamilton, and Kari Sperring at The British Library. Photo by Marjorie Taylor

Farah Mendlesohn, Neil Gaiman, Rachel Armstrong, Peter F. Hamilton, and Kari Sperring at The British Library. Photo by Marjorie Taylor

In a panel discussion entitled “Worlds of Wonder?”, recorded at the British Library as part of their events season to support the exhibition ‘Out of this World’, authors Neil Gaiman and Peter F. Hamilton, scientist Rachel Armstrong and critics Kari Sperring and Farah Mendlesohn (chair) discuss the current state of science fiction around the world and its relationship with the latest advances in science fact.

(This show replaces November’s episode of Book List on Resonance FM as the slot was overbooked)

Listen to an additional 15 mins of this panel in which Neil Gaiman talks about SF around the world and discusses Doctor Who and Sandman with Alex Fitch

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

Links: Original listing for the event on The British Library website
Write up of the event on the Margo’s Musings blog

Reality Check: Doctor Who in comics and Superman on TV

October 22, 2011 5 Comments

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Doctor Who in comics and Superman on TV

Cover of Smallville season 10 DVDs, Jimmy Olsen and Chloe Sullivan in Smallville and comics, Doctor Who: The Lodger comic and TV adaptation, Doctor Who Tesseract graphic novel by Tony Lee

Cover of Smallville season 10 DVDs, Jimmy Olsen and Chloe Sullivan in Smallville and comics, Doctor Who: The Lodger comic and TV adaptation, Doctor Who Tesseract graphic novel by Tony Lee

Some half term entertainment as Alex Fitch talks to writer Tony Lee about Doctor Who‘s continuing adventures in comic strips and to Superman expert Brad Ricca about the adventures of Clark Kent in the TV series Smallville and on the big screen. Also, Martin Rowson introduces the Doctor Who comics exhibition at the Cartoon Museum, which continues until October 31st when Smallville Season 10 is out on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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

Links: Buy Smallville Season 10
and Smallville Complete Seasons 1-10 on DVD from amazon.co.uk
Buy Doctor Who graphic novels: The Forgotten, Fugitive, Tessaract, Final Sacrifice, The Ripper and When Worlds Collide by Tony Lee
Info about the Doctor Who comics exhibition at The Cartoon Museum
Interview with Brad Ricca at www.clevelandmagazine.com

Alex’s interviews with Martin Rowson about his graphic novels and other Doctor Who writers and illustrators

Also, the pilot episode of SCI-FI-LONDON’s new video magazine show The Pulse is now online…

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Lian, Lyndsy Fonseca, Alex Fitch and Shaun Tan, Rob Spence in The Pulse

Featured in the first episode are Chris’ interviews with Lyndsy Fonseca about John Carpenter’s The Ward and with bona fide cyborg Rob Spence who demonstrates his ‘camera’eye’ plus Alex Fitch catches up with Oscar winning animator Shaun Tan who talks about his short film The Lost Thing and his collection of sketches, The Bird King.

For more info, please go to www.sci-fi-london.com/pulse where you can also download longer edits of the three interviews.

Reality Check: Autumn Sci-Fi – Source Code and Witch Mountain

September 14, 2011 2 Comments

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Autumn Sci-Fi – Source Code and Witch Mountain

In a glass brightly - Source Code and Escape to Witch Mountain

In a glass brightly - Source Code and Escape to Witch Mountain

As the Autumn nights start to draw in, we have a couple of recommendations of DVDs worth staying in for, as Alex Fitch interviews a pair of directors who have both earned cult followings for their work in the SF genre. Duncan Jones talks about his new film Source Code, a time travel thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and about how themes in his new movie consciously and unconsciously reflect some of his concerns of humanity dislocated by technology in his debut Moon. Alex also chats, alongside SCI-FI-LONDON’s newest interviewer Lily Savy-Gorman, to John Hough, director of the classic Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), starring Ray Milland and Donald Pleasance. Hough followed his first family film with a couple more for Disney – Return from Witch Mountain and The Watcher in the Woods – and talks about how the company’s approach to live-action filmmaking has changed over the years.

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

Links: Read a transcript of Alex’s interview with Duncan Jones
Info about the Escape to Witch Mountain screening at SCI-FI-LONDON

Recommended events:

New Science Fiction Reading Group

In discussion: Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon (we have some copies for loan).
1st meeting on Wednesday 21st September @ 7pm
Streatham Library
63 Streatham High Road
London SW16 1PL

For more info contact 020 7926 6768 and ask for Pat / e-mail: pdunne@lambeth.gov.uk

Today’s show: Autumn Sci-Fi

September 7, 2011

Today on Resonance FM

I’m ready for my close-up: Autumn Sci-Fi

In a glass brightly - Source Code and Escape to Witch Mountain

In a glass brightly - Source Code and Escape to Witch Mountain

As the Autumn nights start to draw in, we have a couple of recommendations of DVDs worth staying in for, as Alex Fitch interviews a pair of directors who have both earned cult followings for their work in the SF genre. Duncan Jones talks about his new film Source Code, a time travel thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal and about how themes in his new movie consciously and unconsciously reflect some of his concerns of humanity dislocated by technology in his debut Moon. Alex also chats to John Hough, director of the classic Disney film Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), starring Ray Milland and Donald Pleasance. Hough followed his first family film with a couple more for Disney – Return from Witch Mountain and The Watcher in the Woods – and talks about how the company’s approach to live-action filmmaking has changed over the years.

6.30pm, Wednesday 06/09/11, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast online, featuring an additional interview with John Hough on Sunday 10/09/11 at www.scifilondon.com/podcast

Links: Read a transcript of Alex’s interview with Duncan Jones
Info about the Escape to Witch Mountain screening at SCI-FI-LONDON

Reality Check: Of ships and men – Atlantis Down and Nydenion

July 15, 2011 2 Comments

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Of ships and men

Images from Nydenion and Atlantis Down

Images from Nydenion and Atlantis Down

In a pair of Q and As recorded at Sci-Fi London 10 (April 2011), Alex Fitch talks to the directors of two very different SF movies about the pilots of spaceships and their relationships with the craft and crew. Nydenion, directed by Jack Moik is a new German ‘Space Opera’ that borrows from the aesthetics of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica to create a crowd pleasing saga of ships and men in interstellar battle; and Atlantis Down, directed by Max Bartoli is a Twilight Zone influenced SF / Horror film about the crew of a space shuttle who on encountering a mysterious orbital event, find themselves on a planet full of death traps and and uncanny encounters. Alex talks to Jack and Max about their two films and the different ways they have re-imagined classic Science Fiction tropes in the 21st Century.

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

Links: Official film websites – www.nydenion.com / www.atlantisdown.com
Info about SCI-FI-LONDON 10 screenings of Nydenion and Atlantis Down

NASA website about the actual Space Shuttle Atlantis

Reality Check: Apocalypse (cinema) now

June 23, 2011 2 Comments

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Apocalypse (cinema) now

Stills from The Gerber Syndrome and The Arcadian

Stills from The Gerber Syndrome and The Arcadian

In a pair of on stage interviews recorded at this year’s Sci-Fi London festival, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of film makers about their recent takes on the apocalypse in film; Dekker Dreyer whose film The Arcadian stars Lance Henriksen and Brian Thompson, and mixes the iconography of shamanism with elements of the road movie in a post-apocalyptic setting and Maxì Dejoie whose film The Gerber Syndrome is an Italian take on 28 Days Later…, using a pseudo-documentary style to follow a member of a biohazard clean-up crew who is scouring the streets looking for the contagious and is the first overtly political zombie film in a long time. Alex and Maxi are also joined by Gerber producers Claudio Bronzo and Lorenzo Lotti (in Italian and English).

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

Links: Directors’ websites – www.dekkerdreyer.com and www.maxidejoie.com
Trailers: The Arcadian / The Gerber Syndrome