First some very exciting news: Electric Sheep is launching as a print magazine on September 1st! From now on you’ll be able to pick up a free copy of the magazine at selected cinemas, cafes, arts centres and universities – or you can subscribe to receive it every month. Go to our Events page for details.
We’re also starting a joint Film Club with Resonance FM at the Roxy Bar and Screen. The first one will be on Wednesday 5 September and we’ll be showing Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song. Join us for a night of provocative film and talk Ã¢â‚¬â€œ film at 8pm, admission is free. The night will double up as a launch party for the print magazine so you’ll be able to pick up your free copy then.
Resonance FM are currently in the process of relocating to new studios so live broadcasts won’t resume until September. However, I’m Ready For My Close-Up podcasts are continually updated so don’t forget to check them out! Now online is a podcast featuring a review of Running Stumbled. Look out for the podcast of Electric Sheep‘s interview with Running Stumbled director John Maringouin, which will be online on August 9.
This month our focus is on the delirious pop cinema of Seijun Suzuki while in the cinema releases we review Hallam Foe, the new film by David Mackenzie (Young Adam), 12:08 East of Bucharest, a wry post-communist comedy and French supernatural thriller Ecoute le temps. DVD releases include Exiled director Johnnie To’s PTU, cult TV series Deadwood Season 3, revered Czech animator Jan Ã…Â vankmajer’s shorts, Pedro AlmodÃƒÂ³var’s outrÃ© eighties melodrama Labyrinth of Passion, three gritty noirs by French director Jacques Becker and the animate! book. As a warm-up for our forthcoming Raindance Festival special, we have London to Brighton, which won best UK feature at last year’s festival. And we talked to Running Stumbled director John Maringouin.
Picking films in our Jukebox this month are Le Chat Noir, whose ‘dark tales of violence, desperation, alcoholism and life at the bottom’ are influenced as much by film noir as by the Wild West. They’re about to release their first album, called Deadwood, which fits in rather nicely with this issue of Electric Sheep!
If you missed our Alejandro Jodorowsky programme on Resonance FM last month, you can now listen to the podcast. More programmes on Resonance to be announced soon Ã¢â‚¬â€œ go to our Events page for more details.
Every month we’ll give you the chance to get your cinephile hands on a film prize Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all you have to do to win is spin the Film Roulette! We’re pleased to announce that our July winner is Angie Smith. Well done Angie, you’ve won a Clouzot box set, including The Wages of Fear, Quai des orfÃƒÂ¨vres and Le Corbeau, courtesy of Optimum Releasing. This month we have a fantastic prize comprising no less than seven Seijun Suzuki DVDs + a poster of Princess Raccoon signed by the director, very generously given away by Yume Pictures! So get spinning!
The Electric Sheep Magazine team