After the success of Scala Forever last year, a season of events programmed by film clubs and independent film exhibitors to pay homage to the legendary London cinema, and the Ken Russell Forever tribute in March, season producer Michael Pierce and director Phil Wood return with the even bigger Scala Beyond, which, as its name indicates, intends to widen the scope beyond nostalgic celebration. They talk to Virginie Sélavy about the aims of the season, the unique filmic delights it will offer and the growth of alternative film screenings around the UK.
Scala Beyond is a 6-week nationwide film season dedicated to all forms of cinema exhibition that will run from 8 August to 29 September 2012. The full programme – including the details of the Electric Sheep/Strange Attractor event – will be revealed on 26 July. For more details, please go to the Scala Beyond website. Check their Facebook and Twitter for updates or subscribe to the mailing list by leaving your email in the box on the Scala Beyond website.
First broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 on Friday 20 July 2012. For more info and formats to stream/download, visit www.archive.org.
East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson joins Virginie Sélavy to talk about what the festival has on offer. Among the programme highlights are the Sundance-nominated The Last Elvis, about a delusional Elvis impersonator in Buenos Aires, a Tetsuo double bill + the premiere of Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s new film Kotoko, a series of events mixing cinema with live music, including a screening of Murnau’s Nosferatu with a live soundtrack by Minima and a day of free cinematic events across East London.
The East End Film Festival runs from 3 to 8 July 2012 across London’s East End. For full details of the programme, please go to the EEFF website.
Alex Fitch talks to a pair of directors who made their first films on very low budgets and deal with subjects of hauntings that are to do as much with memory as anything supernatural. Eduardo Sánchez discusses his debut film The Blair Witch Project and his latest movie, Lovely Molly, which follows the mental breakdown of a young woman tormented by the ghosts of her past. Also, in an interview recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Shawn Holmes talks about his micro-budget feature Memory Lane, which sees an Afghanistan veteran cheating death repeatedly to revisit his memories of a dead girlfriend and solve the riddle of her death.
In an interview recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Virginie Sélavy talks to the makers of sci-fi drama True Love, about a young married couple who find themselves locked in separate sealed rooms and forced to answer questions about how much they trust each other. Writer-producer Fabio Guaglione and director Enrico Clerico Nasino discuss trust and betrayal, using genre to analyse a romantic relationship, and other ‘locked room’ films, including Vincenzo Natali’s Cube (1997).
First broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 on Friday 18 May 2012. For more info and formats to stream/download, visit www.archive.org.
In a pair of interviews looking at the crossover between comics and film, Alex Fitch talks to Stefan Hutchinson about his comic book Demons 3 – a sequel to Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava’s classic 1980s horror films – and to comic book artist Dave McKean about his film of the Port Talbot Passion play, The Gospel of Us. Alex and Stefan discuss the writer’s Halloween comics Nightdance and First Death of Laurie Strode plus his documentary, Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror. Alex and Dave also talk about the artist’s collaborations with Richard Dawkins and Michael Sheen, plus his earlier film MirrorMask.
Podcast produced by Alex Fitch. For more formats, please visit archive.org.
Virginie Sélavy talks to Louis Savy, director of SCI-FI-LONDON, and Strange Attractor Press publisher Mark Pilkington about environmentally-concerned science fiction films, including Silent Running, Phase IV and The Last Winter.
SCI-FI-LONDON runs from 1 to 7 May at various venues across London.
First broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 on Friday 21 October 2011. For more info and formats to stream/download, visit www.archive.org.
Virginie Sélavy talks to Israeli artist, writer and filmmaker Roee Rosen, who is presenting his first UK solo exhibition Vile, Evil Veil at Iniva. It consists of two works, the installation Live and Die as Eva Braun, which explores the life of Hitler’s lover in the bunker at the end of the Second World War, and the film Out (Tse), which stages a sado-masochist exorcism between a queer left-wing activist as the dominatrix and a right-wing woman possessed by the spirit of ultra-nationalist Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman. Rosen discusses the dynamic of power in human relationships, both personal and political, the importance of the victim/victimiser dichotomy in Israeli identity and how to exorcise the demon in all of us.
Roee Rosen: Vile, Evil Veil is at Iniva, the Institute of International Visual Arts, Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA, until 5 May 2012. For more information, please go to the Iniva website.
First broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 on Friday 20 April 2012. For more info and formats to stream/download, visit www.archive.org.
In a panel discussion recorded at The Horse Hospital arts club after a screening of Ken Russell’s lurid Bram Stoker adaptation on Wednesday 14 March, Mark Pilkington discusses The Lair of the White Worm (1988) with BFI Flipside programmers Vic Pratt and Will Fowler, touching on the legend of the Lambton Worm, titillation and absurdity in British cinema and Russell’s three-picture deal with Vestron Pictures in the 1980s.
In a special programme to honour the late Ken Russell, Virginie Sélavy is joined by Strange Attractor Press editor Mark Pilkington, Electric Sheep contributor Richard Bancroft and Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch to discuss the director’s achievements, including The Devils, Altered States, Lair of the White Worm, Lisztomania, Dance of the Seven Veils and Music Lovers.
First broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 on Friday 16 March.
A discussion on femmes fatales, including the heroines of Laura (1944), Baby Face (1933) and Gun Crazy (1950), with writer and filmmaker Nicola Woodham and former Plan B editor and musician Frances Morgan, hosted by Virginie Sélavy.
First broadcast on Resonance FM 104.4 on Friday 17 February.