Electric Sheep podcast: Terry Gilliam and Ted Kotcheff, The Fright Theorem

Electric Sheep podcast: Terry Gilliam and Ted Kotcheff, The Fright Theorem

Alex Fitch talks to Ted Kotcheff, the director of a ‘lost’ cult classic – Wake in Fright (1971) – and to Terry Gilliam, director of another cult title in the making, The Zero Theorum (2014). Fitch and Kotcheff discuss how Wake was recovered by its editor, how it depicts issues of masculinity in crisis and has an unreliable narrator. Gilliam, in an extract from the London Film Festival Q and A, talks about how his new film responds to issues of NSA spying, continues his strand of casting actors against type, and represents a ‘full fat’ viewing experience!

Stills from Wake in Fright and The Zero Theorem

Stills from Wake in Fright and The Zero Theorem

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Links: Wikipedia pages on Wake in Fright and The Zero Theorem
Electric Sheep Magazine reviews of Wake in Fright and The Zero Theorem
Official Wake in Fright and The Zero Theorem websites

Recommended events:

Mystery Science Theatre 3000 at SCI-FI-LONDON

The MST3K all nighter is a regular attraction of SCI-FI-LONDON (The London International Science Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival), and this year the festival would like to bring along two of the actors from the series to ‘riff’ in person at the film screenings. Dr. Forrester and Frank’s appearance will hopefully be funded by an indiegog campaign where you can also purchase a signed Cinematic Titanic DVD by the duo.

More info here / festival website

W.A.S.P. 2014

This year’s Web Artist Swap Project is in full swing with the likes of Rebecca Burgess, Richy K. Chandler, Francesca Dare, Zarina Liew, David O’Connell, Jade Sarson, Nicola Streeten, Paul Shinn and many more taking turns in drawing each others’ webcomics.
Find out more by going to www.tempolush.com/wasp

British Comics Month at Gosh!

Special events celebrating British Comics are taking place throughout March at Gosh! Comics in Soho, London. These include:

Selfmade Hero Spring Party, featuring ILYA, Mark Stafford, and Reinhard Kleist, Friday, the 7th of March, from 7pm to 9pm. Also, from the 3rd through to the 9th of March, customers will be able to get 25% off all Selfmade Hero books!

Great Beast Comics Spring Party, featuring Adam Cadwell, Marc Ellerby, Robert Ball, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Dan Berry, John Riordan, Dan Cox, John Cei Douglas, and Isabel Greenberg. Friday, the 14th of March, from 7pm to 9pm.

LUKE PEARSON’S HILDA AND THE BLACK HOUND SIGNING & LAUNCH DAY, Saturday, the 15th of March, with the all-ages signing running from 2pm to 3pm and the launch party running, as per usual, from 7pm to 9pm. From the 10th through to the 16th of March, customers will be able to get 25% off all NoBrow and Flying Eye books!

BLANK SLATE TALK at Process, the monthly event where working and aspiring comics artists and writers get together and talk about their work process. As part of British Comics Month, March is Blank Slate themed affair, with Darryl Cunningham, Joe Decie and Lizz Lunney all talking about their own comics-making methods, chaired by Woodrow Phoenix. Friday, March 21st, and run from 7.30pm to 9pm. From the 17th through to the 23rd of March, customers will be able to get 25% off of all Blank Slate books!

HELLBOY DAY: Dark Horse is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Mike Mignola’s creation and at Gosh!, they have all British Hellboy creators under one roof! Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, and Mick McMahon will be in to sign plus an exclusive print to come soon! Hellboy Day takes place on Saturday, March the 22nd, and the signing runs from 2pm to 3pm.

2000AD SIGNING: Dan Abnett, Tom Eglington, Simon Coleby, Simon Davis and Smudge will be here in sign PROG 1874 issue – billed as a jumping-on point for new readers! Wednesday, March 26th, and runs from 6pm to 7pm. From the 24th through to the 30th of March, customers will be able to get 25% off all Rebellion titles!

KATE EVANS’ BUMP LAUNCH PARTY: a book all about the ins-and-outs and gooey details of conception, pregnancy, and birthing. The launch party takes place on Friday, March 28th, and runs from 7pm to 9pm. There will be drinks!

ALAN MOORE and KEVIN O’NEILL SIGNING copies of Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, out from Knockabout. Due to the sheer volume of demand at this events, Alan and Kevin will only be able to sign four items per person, and only books in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series – that way, everyone has a chance to have a chat as well as getting their LOEG books signed! Look out for a special release on the day, too. The signing takes place on Saturday, March the 29th, and will be running from 2pm to 6pm. It is advised to get there early, as the queue tends grow to huge proportions and often has to be capped!

More info at www.goshlondon.com / Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR