Reality Check: Documentary approaches to SF film

Reality Check: Documentary approaches to SF film

Alex Fitch talks to a pair of film-makers whose experiences outside of cinema have given them unique approaches to the medium. Shezad Dawood is a fine artist who, following a short film about westerns called Feature, is now tackling the SF genre with his movie Piercing Brightness, an extract of which is currently showing at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. Jim Monroe is a novelist and graphic novelist, whose excellent mockumentary Ghosts with shit jobs closed this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON festival and presents the lives of poor North Americans after the economy of the West collapses.

Stills from Piercing Darkness and Ghosts with shit jobs

Stills from Piercing Darkness and Ghosts with shit jobs

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Shezad Dawood’s website
Info about the presentation of Piercing Brightness at Museum of Modern Art, Oxford
Info about the filming in Preston

Buy Ghosts with shit jobs from the film’s official website
Review of the film in The Guardian
Jim Monroe’s publishing / multi-media company – No Media Kings

Recommended events:

Jeffrey Lewis at Gosh!

New York based self-published cartoonist, musician and auteur Jeffrey Lewis is doing a rare London signing and presentation of his work at Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London on June 2nd from 7pm.
Come along to get issues of Fluff! signed by the author and see projections from his sketchbook art.

7pm, 2nd June 2012, Gosh! Comics, London W1F 0DR
More info at


Strange Attractor and Maggs Bros are proud to present ‘Unstable’, an exhibition of new and old work from Battle Of The Eyes (Savage Pencil and Eyeball), Joel Biroco, Julian House and Cathy Ward. All artwork will be for sale, as will new books and other materials from Strange Attractor Press.

Unstable: 8 May – 8 June 2012 (Monday – Friday, 10.30am – 5pm)
Maggs Counterculture and Gallery,
50 Hays Muse, W1J 5QJ, London, UK

Laydeez do comics, June 2012

Oxford based cartoonist Kate Brown (The DFC, The Phoenix, Fish + Chocolate) will be talking about her work at this month’s LDC before the monthly meeting for female comic creators and their fans breaks for the summer holidays, alongside SelfMadeHero directors Doug Wallace and Emma Hayley who will be talking about their independent UK graphic novel publishing company.

6.30 – 9.30pm, Monday 18 June 2012
The Rag Factory 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ
More info at

Comics at Brockley Max

As part of the Brockley Max Festival (1st to 9th June), there will be a special comics themed slot during all the events, Brockley Comix. Ali Kati Projects and Panel Borders will be presenting a live panel discussion on June 7th in the Talbot pub at 7pm, with a number of writers and artists from South-East London discussing their work with Alex Fitch (Resonance 104.4 FM), including Kieron Gillen, Sarah McIntyre, Sarah Gordon, Howard Hardiman, Simone Lia, Gary Northfield, Woodrow Phoenix and Julia Scheele, with opportunities for a Q&A and signings as well.

And in Badger related news makers of the new Badger animated film and documentary are taking Howard Hardiman back to the Broca cafe where he first started sketching Badger; he will be there from 10am to 1pm on June 3rd to sign comics and the film crew will be there and happy to answer any questions about the documentary too. (See below)

More info on Sarah McIntyre’s blog

Badger at The Broca – 10am, The Broca, 4 Coulgate Street, London SE4 2RW
Nearest station: Brockley (train from London Bridge / Overground from Highbury and Islington)
Brockley Comix – 7pm, The Talbot, 7 Tyrwitt Road (off Lewisham Way), London SE4 1QG
Nearest station: St Johns (train from London Bridge / Charing Cross – or change at New Cross Overground or Lewisham DLR)

Support Badger the movie

A London based documentary and animation team is bringing Howard Hardiman’s beloved comic Badger to life in a new animated film that will also contain footage of the process of making Howard’s comic and its relevance to mental health issues.
You can support fundraising for this project at with various incentives depending on the level of contribution.