Sci-Fi London: Apocalyptic podcast

The Gerber Syndrome

10th Sci-Fi London Festival

23 April – 2 May 2011

Various venues, London

Sci-Fi London website

To complement our Apocalypse theme this month, you can listen to Alex Fitch’s podcast on the Sci-Fi London website, 3.16 – Apocalypse (cinema) now. In a pair of on-stage interviews recorded at this year’s Sci-Fi London 10 festival, Alex Fitch talks to a couple of filmmakers 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 Maxi 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. In the latter interview, Alex and Maxi are also joined by Gerber producers Claudio Bronzo and Lorenzo Lotti.

End of the Wicked, End of the Road

Kings of the Road (Axiom)

I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP, Friday 17 June, 5-5:30pm, Resonance 104.4 FM

To celebrate the publication of The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology, a collection of essays that explores the darker side of cinema, the book’s editor Virginie Sélavy will talk to two of the contributors: Jason Wood will discuss the endings of road movies and Nicola Woodham will talk about End of the Wicked, a Nollywood film about child witches.

Nicola Woodham is a writer and filmmaker who has written broadly on Nigerian evangelist horror films. Jason Wood is the director of programming for Curzon cinemas and the author of several books on cinema, including The Faber Book of Mexican Cinema and 100 Road Movies.

To buy The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (price £13.99), please go to our publishers’ website, Strange Attractor Press.

Wim Wenders’s Kings of the Road, which Jason Wood discusses in his article and in the radio show, is available on DVD from Axiom Films.