I’m ready for my close-up: Hammer and Tongs and a Town called Panic
Alex Fitch talks to film-makers Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith (a.k.a. Hammer and Tongs) about their promotion of the new Belgian feature length animation A Town called Panic which shows stop frame animated toys going on a wild adventure that involves mermen, mad scientists and a giant robot penguin. Alex also talks to Garth and Nick about the aesthetic of their films Son of Rambow and The Hitch-hiker’s guide to the Galaxy and how the demise of the UK Film Council is affecting their work and promotion of European films in the UK.
To download / stream this radio interview in a variety of formats, please visit www.archive.org
Links: Wikipedia pages on Hammer and Tongs and
Watch A Town called Panic shorts and movie trailer
Hammer and Tongs’ website
Listen to Alex’s previous interview with Garth Jennings about Son of Rambow
Sci-Fi London Oktoberfest
Friday 15th October
Rise of the Machines at The Royal Society, London
THE ROYAL SOCIETY plays host to an unashamedly robotic evening of discussion, demonstrations and drama. Tom Hunter is joined by Tony Ballantyne, author of Twisted Metal and Prof. Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn, Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Hertfordshire.
Kerstin is a pioneering researcher in robot social learning and imitation whose research interests include Human-Robot Interaction, Social Robotics, Socially Intelligent Agents and Artificial Life. Kerstin and her colleagues will also introduce us to two KASPAR robots (Kinesics and Synchronisation in Personal Assistant Robotics).
Following the discussion: We will be treated to a rehearsed reading of extracts from Karel Capek’s 1921 play R.U.R. (ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS), which is noted for introducing the term, ‘ROBOT’.
SCI-FI-LONDON has commissioned a modernisation of the work for the 10th annual festival in April 2011. This will be the first public preview of the work-in-progress.
This fabulous evening is in collaboration with the Royal Society’s 350th anniversary celebrations in 2010.
6:30PM The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG (FREE!)
Technotise: Edit and I
Serbia’s first animated feature film – an eye-popping cyberpunk ride that’s calibrated to knock your socks off. Think GHOST IN THE SHELL meets WALTZ WITH BASHIR.
7:30PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
Dougal and the Blue Cat
We are delighted to screen a newly-restored cult classic of a spin-off from the children’s television series, THE MAGIC ROUNDABOUT, but this feature is an altogether darker affair (+ FREE BEER!)
9:30PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
Saturday 16th October
Saturday morning kids screening of the popular CGI cartoon.
10:30AM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
Alien Encounters: Superior Fan Power Since 1979
Documentary about Ridley Scott’s classic Alien film and its contiuning legacy
1:00PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Live action version of the brilliant anime time travel film.
3:00PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
Preview of the new British Sci-Fi film by Sci-FI London shorts alumni Gareth Edwards followed by a director’s masterclass hosted by Alex Fitch.
6:00PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
Screening of the Disney SF classic with a special 8 min preview of the forthcoming Tron: Legacy in 3D, plus special video introductions, short film and an accompanying exhibtion…
9:00PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
For many people the highlight of our twice yearly festival – all night screenings of your favourite genre films with as much ice cream and energy drinks as you can consume…
Anime / MST3K / the best of Guillemo Del Toro / Studio Ghibli All Nighter
11.30PM Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street
More info at www.sci-fi-london.com