Uncanny Locations: In this episode, Alex Fitch looks at films set in uncanny locations. Alex Fitch talks to director Bart Simpson about his documentary film Brasília: Life After Design, which is screening at this year’s East End Film Festival, plus his producing role on Moebius Redux and The Corporation.
Books on film – Blade Runner and The Prisoner: In this month’s show, Alex Fitch talks to two exceptional writer-directors about their writing on film and adapting classic texts into movies. Alex Cox discusses his book I Am (Not) a Number, which investigates a potential solution to the mystery of The Prisoner, and two of his films: Three Businessmen and Death and the Compass, which is based on the short story by Jorge Luis Borges.
50 Years of The Prisoner: A special two hour programme celebrating the 50th anniversary of classic cult TV show The Prisoner. Alex Fitch talks to two editors of the show – Ian Rakoff and John S. Smith – and hosts a live commentary track for the episode ‘Living in Harmony’ with Smith, Rakoff (who also wrote the episode), Prisoner historian Rick Davy, and Rob Fairclough, writer of The Official Prisoner Companion book.
Anglo-Italian Thrillers: In this episode of Electric Sheep’s monthly film show, Alex Fitch looks at British and Italian thrillers, including a selection of interviews recorded at Cine-Excess and SCI-FI-LONDON film festivals.
Halloween Horrors: In this month’s Halloween themed episode of the Electric Sheep Film Show, Virginie Sélavy talks to Kim Newman about his new collection of reviews and essays, Video Dungeon, published by Titan Books, and to cinema programmer Anna Bogutskaya about co–curating a tour of short horror films directed by women: ‘The Final Girls – We Are the Weirdos’.
Starting a new series of the monthly show about cult cinema, Virginie Sélavy talks to the cast and crew of a new American thriller about organ harvesting, Lowlife, which screened at this year’s Fantasia Festival in Montreal, while Alex Fitch discusses the low budget feminist dystopian classic Born in Flames with director Lizzie Borden, recorded after a screening at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Also in this show, German genre critic Marcelle Perks discusses her contributions to the book Lost Girls: The Phantasmagorical Cinema of Jean Rollin published by Spectacular Optical.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is broadcast every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: 18 October 2017.
On Monday 7 August 2017, Electric Sheep‘s Managing Editor Pamela Jahn, Allan Hunter (Screen International) and Boyd van Hoeij (The Hollywood Reporter) took part in a panel of international film journalists to discuss five Swiss productions in this year’s Locarno Festival programme with SWISS FILMS director Catherine Ann Berger. The films included:
Goliath by Dominik Locher (International Competition)
Those Who Are Fine by Cyril Schäublin (Cineasti del Presente)
The Song of Scorpions by Anup Singh (Piazza Grande)
The Divine Order by Petra Volpe (Panorama Suisse)
The Congo Tribunal by Milo Rau (Semaine de la Critique)
In this show, Alex Fitch looks at the connections between art and film, on display in current Summer Exhibitions. Interviews include Patrick Gyger and Stefan Riekeles, the curators of Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction at The Barbican and Anime Architecture at House of Illustration, respectively. Also in this show, American cinematographer Arthur Jafa discusses how he lensed Daughters of the Dust and curated work on display at the Serpentine Sackler gallery, while Instagram artist Nemiepeba talks about seeing her work on display as part of his exhibition A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is broadcast every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: TBC.
Summer Festivals: In this show Alex Fitch interviews a trio of independent film directors whose latest movies have premiered at recent festivals. Presenting their films at the London Sundance Film Festival, Miguel Arteta talks about his film Beatriz at Dinner, a drama about class conflict and environmentalism featuring John Lithgow and Salma Hayek, while Michael Almereyda discusses his elegiac science-fiction movie Marjorie Prime, adapted from the play of the same name and starring Lois Smith and Tim Robbins. Plus, with translation by Jason Yu, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho talks about his latest film Okja, which proved controversial when it screened at Cannes in May, and features Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal in an uproarious tale of GM food.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is broadcast every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: Wednesday 19 July 2017.
In this month’s show we’re looking at poisonous plants and post apocalyptic cannibalism, with two ‘revenge of nature’ film Q&As recorded at this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. Alex Fitch talks to director Sasha Louis Vukovic about his Canadian period drama Flora, which depicts an expedition by 1920s botanists into uncharted territory, only to find their new environment is completely toxic and they’ve run out of food. Also, guest presenter and host of the Arthur C Clarke Awards, Tom Hunter discusses the film adaptation of acclaimed British zombie drama The Girl with all the Gifts and its print prequel The Boy on the Bridge with author Mike Carey.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is broadcast every third Wednesday of the month, 5.30-6.30pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: Wednesday 21 June 2017.