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’.
In this festive Film Show edition, Alex Fitch talks to director Tom Large about his low-budget dystopian drama Arcadia, while Charles Barker discusses his virtual reality thriller The Call-Up in a Q&A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON. Also, in a talk recorded at London’s Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, Maura McHugh explores David Lynch’s Fire Walk With Me, in advance of the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks.
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 18 January 2017.
James Bond – Kill Command: In this month’s show, Electric Sheep Assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to the director, Steven Gomez, and cinematographer, Simon Dennis, of Kill Command, an excellent new British sci-fi thriller about robots and drones in an army training exercise going on a murderous rampage. Also in this show, University of Reading Professor of Television and Film Jonathan Bignall discusses the influences and connections that 1950s television had on the production of the early James Bond films and novels.
Kill Command will be available on demand on Sky Movies in summer 2016.
The Electric Sheep Film Show is broadcast every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: Wednesday 15 June 2016.
The London International Festival of Science-Fiction and Fantastical Film returns for the 14th time with a programme packed with discoveries from Hungary to the Dominican Republic, programmes of shorts and special events including the 25th anniversary of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and animé and aliens all-nighters.
Taking place at Stratford Picturehouse and BFI Southbank, it opens on 24 April with the premiere of American psychological thriller Lost Time and closes on 4 May with spectacular French-Canadian sci-fi romance Upside Down.
We’re particularly looking forward to Suicide or Lulu and Me in a World Made for Two, inspired by Adolfo Bioy Casares’s brilliant novella The Invention of Morel, The Phoenix Project, described as ‘Primer meets Frankenstein’ and noir action thriller The Scribbler. We’re also intrigued by supernatural love story Soulmate, speculative exploration of genomics The Perfect 46, Dominican Republic thriller Wake and offbeat Belgian oddity When I Will Be Dictator.
In an interview recorded at Sci-Fi-London earlier this month, Lithuanian director Kristina Buozyte talks to Virginie Sélavy about her film Vanishing Waves, a hypnotic, sensual sci-fi experience in which a scientist connects with the brain of a comatose patient with whom he has increasingly intense neural encounters, which gradually reveal what happened to her.
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Alex Fitch talks to two directors about their projects, which capture visions of childhood and how that progresses into adulthood. In a Q&A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON: EAST, Alex chats to Cory McAbee, creator of SF musicals The American Astronaut and Stingray Sam, about his latest film Crazy and Thief – a semi-improvised drama that documents the director’s children as they journey across New York looking for stars, again scored by his band, The Billy Nayer Show. McAbee discusses his change in direction for this project and the difficulties of directing children, and performs a song from the soundtrack. Also, Alex discusses 56Up with Michael Apted, the latest instalment of his 7Up series, which has charted the lives of 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds since the age of 7. Apted also discusses his involvement with another serial that has reached its 50th anniversary as the director recalls his experience of directing the Bond movie The World Is Not Enough.
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Alex Fitch talks to curator Lydia Yee about The Martian Museum of Terrestrial art, an anthropological look at modern art currently on display at The Barbican in London. Mixing famous and not so famous examples of modern art from the last 50 years with a tongue-i- cheek audio guide and layout that recalls The Hitch-hiker’s guide to the Galaxy, the exhibition uses sci-fi text and graphics to provide an unusual look at a difficult subject.
Online at www.sci-fi-london.com/audio this weekend