Hearts of Darkness
We Are the Flesh, Pulse, Train to Busan
What better twisted way to celebrate Valentine’s day than with The Secret of Dorian Gray, Massimo Dallamano’s risqué swinging 60s take on Oscar Wilde, presented by Cigarette Burns at the Barbican Cinema on Saturday 11 February 2016. And there is much more to explore on the big screen at the London art centre this month as it showcases films and directors that celebrate ‘The Craft of Film’, including such cinematic gems as Yorgos Lanthimos’s Dogtooth, Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse and Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet.
In home entertainment, we review Korean hit zombie action film Train to Busan, which screened at last year’s FrightFest, along with psychedelic Mexican delirium We Are the Flesh. And we also welcome Arrow’s release of one of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s finest works to date, the apocalyptic ghost tale Pulse (Kairo), which is out on DVD and Blu-ray this month.
As the festival season gets back in full swing, we report back from Rotterdam and Berlin, while the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London’s semester continues in February with a talk by Jasper Sharp about ‘Lost Treasures of Japanese Genre Filmmaking’. Plus, we are pleased to announce the publication of Little Houses, Big Forests (desire is no light thing), an anthology of essays, short fiction, novel extracts and film stills by Electric Sheep contributor, Berlin-based writer and experimental filmmaker Siouxzi Connor. ■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
Murderous tenderness, destructive desires, awkward love: During the month of love our special focus is on films that take a twisted approach to romance, from Jacques Deray's La piscine, a classic French noir-ish tale of desire, jealousy and male rivalry among the glamorous St Tropez jet set, to Pablo Larraín's minimalist Post Mortem, in which a lonely mortician falls for a troubled dancer as Pinochet brutally takes power in 70s Chile.
Electric Sheep Film Show
The first show of the new year takes a special focus on comics and film. Alex Fitch talks to Paul O’Connell about remixing images from The Matrix and other films to create satirical fumetti strips, while actress Jessica Martin discusses her comic book tributes to Hollywood starlets and the Golden age of Cinema. Plus, in a Q and A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, director Gene Ivery talks about his immortality drama Tourbillon.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 15 February 2017.
Lost Treasures of Japanese Genre Filmmaking
On 16 February 2017, Miskatonic London continues with an illustrated talk by Jasper Sharp who will explore the out reaches of Japanese fantasy cinema, from the embryonic trick films of ‘The Father of Japanese Film’ Shozo Makino to the pink film-horror of directors like Tetsuji Takechi and much, much more.
Individual and season tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.
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