Alex Fitch talks to legendary B-movie actor Bruce Campbell about his new film My name is Bruce, which sees the actor directing, producing and playing a fictionalised version of himself on screen. Campbell is kidnapped by a fan and taken to the small town of Gold Lick, Oregon (pop. 333), to save the locals from an ancient Chinese demon prefaced by his own country and Western musical numbers… Campbell also talks about his career so far, his appearance in memorable films by Sam Raimi such as the Evil Dead and the Spider-Man trilogy, and his experience of dealing with fandom over the years.
5pm 20/02/09 Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended (sweary!) podcast online now at www.sci-fi-london.com/audio
I’M READY FOR MY CLOSE-UP
For one night only (unless we inveigle them into doing more), the team of Resonance’s long missed Sunday night show Midnight Sex Talk are reunited on air for a special episode of I’m Ready for My Close-Up…
Alex Fitch talks to Tania Glyde and Kim Morgan about the films of experimental filmmaker Jeff Keen, whose work is about to be showcased in four programmes at the BFI Southbank over the next couple of weeks and in a definitive DVD box-set. Keen’s work ranges from comic book-inspired free-for-alls featuring cameos by The Flash, The Spirit and Mickey Mouse, to vaguely erotic scenes of debauchery in squats, and apocalyptic visions in ancient quarries.
10.30pm 12/02/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com
Screenings of Keen’s work are on at the BFI Southbank on the 17, 19, 25 and 27 February 2009 – more info on the BFI website.
Listen to the podcast of the discussion of Jeff Keen’s work + Alex Fitch talks to Wajid Yaseen, the artistic director of Ear Cinema, about their touring project Late Noon Sun, which uses silent movie tropes and iconography in a haunting theatrical installation about murder and magic that combines projection and performance in an immersive 360-degree experience.
Late Noon Sun is next on at The Colchester Arts Centre on 18 February 2009. For future performances visit the Ear Cinema website for more info.
In an interview recorded just before a theatrical screening of The Eternity Man at the Barbican, Alex Fitch talks to director Julien Temple about his film version of the modern opera by Dorothy Porter and Jonathan Mills. The Eternity Man tells the true story of Arthur Stace who wandered the streets of Sydney for two generations, writing the word ‘Eternity’ in chalk on a myriad of surfaces. Temple’s film vividly brings to life this modern avatar of the Wandering Jew. Temple also discusses the rest of his work from Absolute Beginners to Pandaemonium as well as the use of a combination of fact and fiction on screen.
In a Q & A recorded live at the Roxy Bar and Screen, Alex Fitch talks to magician Granville Markland about depictions of magic and magicians on the big screen, focusing on the work of Harry Houdini in such films as The Man from Beyond (1922) and the more recent blurring of fact and fiction in movies like The Prestige and The Illusionist.
+ Alex Fitch talks to musician and comedy writer Robin Warren from the band Liberation Jumpsuit about the recent BFI cinema re-releases of Hitchcock’s Notorious and Rouben Mamoulian’s Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde (1931), which combine suspense and eroticism to beguiling effect.
This month’s Electric Sheep podcast is a Raindance Film Festival special, of which we are proud to be a partner. Alex Fitch was granted an interview with Peter Greenaway after the British premiere of his new film Nightwatching at the festival. They discuss the crossover between filmmaking and fine art and the master painter Rembrandt’s position as a pioneer of both.
This podcast also includes Alex Fitch’s Q&As with director Guy Ducker about his short film Lover’s Lane + with the filmmakers David Boaretto and Charles-Henri Belleville and members of the cast of the new British basketball film Midnight Madness.
Following on from last month’s look at Osamu Tezuka, the Electric Sheep podcast is exploring more experimental animation from 1970s surrealism to the very latest French comic strip-inspired cartoons.
Tom (How to date a girl in ten days) Humberstone and Alex Fitch chat about the early films of David Lynch, which mixed animation and live action to beguiling effect, and discuss how Lynch may have been influenced by Terry Gilliam and Jan Å vankmajer.
Virginie Sélavy talks to Charles Burns about his contribution to the French portmanteau film Fear(s) of the dark (Peur(s) du noir)and about his acclaimed graphic novel Black Hole.
Charles Burns interview previously broadcast 25/09/08 on Resonance 104.4 FM as an episode of Strip!)
Alex Fitch talks to animé expert Helen McCarthy in front of an audience of manga fans at Streatham Library about the work of manga and animé pioneer Osamu Tezuka, who is the subject of a season now on at The Barbican. They talk about Tezuka’s career in animé from early experimental shorts to the big-budget adaptation of his classic manga Metropolis. Also comedienne and actress Jessica Fostekew reviews the cinema release of Eden Lake and the DVD release of Annie Leibovitz – Life Through a Lens…
Alex Fitch discusses the new documentary Zoo, which explores a man’s sexual relationship with a horse, with writer Hannah Patterson (Sight and Sound / Vertigo). They look at the various topics raised by the film, both moral and aesthetic, and field questions from the audience in a Q&A. It was recorded live at the Prince Charles Cinema in London by Robin Warren (Liberation Jumpsuit / Resonance FM).
To download or stream the podcast in various formats, go to archive.org
Alex Fitch talks to Guy Maddin about his new film My Winnipeg and about his career so far from Tales of the Gimli Hospital to The Saddest Music in the World. Alex Fitch also talks to former Winnipeg resident Kinga P about her experience of growing up in the city when she moved there from Warsaw at the age of 12.
To find out about the various formats available to stream and download the podcast, visit archive.org