Alex Fitch talks to the casts and crews of two British Comedy / Science-Fiction films, in Q and As on stage at the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. At Stratford PictureHouse, the director of SOS: Save our Skins, produced by Baby Cow, discusses finding humour in an alien apocalypse, and at the Ritzy Cinema, the creator of SuperBob and members of the cast, including Catherine Tate talk about creating a South London Superhero.
Poster and still from SOS: Save Our Skins / Superbob poster, Catherine Tate, Brett Goldstein, Natalia Tena and director John Drever at the Ritzy Q and A with Alex Fitch (photo by Chris Harvey)
Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Brain Pickings and Cigarette Burns
Virginie Sélavy and Alex Fitch talk to Rich Pickings director Carla MacKinnon, about their new series of science and art events titled Inside Out, which explore the human experience through film and discussion. They also talk to Josh Saco, head of celluloid promotion outfit Cigarette Burns, about their Twisted Valentine screening of 1965 seedy gem Who Killed Teddy Bear at the Barbican. Plus an interview with female-centred erotic film maker Erika Lust; includes classic tracks by Luther Ingram, Lyn and The Invaders, Chubby Checker, and The Velvet Underground.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 20th January 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM; The Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am, on Resonance FM.
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Pop culture and Honor Blackman
In the December episode of the Electric Sheep Film Show, ESM editor in chief Virginie Sélavy and assistant editor Alex Fitch explore film and pop culture. Celebrating her recent 90th birthday, in an interview recorded at the London Film Museum, Alex talks to legendary British actress Honor Blackman about Goldfinger, Doctor Who and the cult 1960s TV series The Avengers, plus producer Sean Hogan discusses Future Shock: The Story of 2000AD, a documentary that charts the development of the seminal British comic.
Also, Virginie chats to curator Helen Melody about the Alice in Wonderland exhibition at the British Library, and the varying adapations of Alice on screen over the years; includes classic tracks by The Sonics, Serge Gainsbourg and Jefferson Airplane.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 16th December 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM The Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am, on Resonance FM.
Poster for Alice in Wonderland at the British Library, publicity still for The Avengers with Patrick MacNee and Honor Blackman, poster for Future Shock
Alex Fitch continues his exploration of the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on.
Alex talks to John Guilor about providing a new voice for William Hartnell’s First Doctor in reconstructed ‘missing’ scenes for BBC DVDs; and to Tim Treloar about continuing the adventures of the Third Doctor in Big Finish audio plays, now that Jon Pertwee is no longer with us.
(Originally broadcast 21st December 2015 as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance FM, recorded at ‘The Day of the Doctors 2’ convention, with thanks to Big Finish Productions)
Cover of The Third Doctor Adventures / Syvlester McCoy and Tim Treloar / Cover of Doctor Omega / Behind the scenes and cover of Doctor Who: Planet of Giants
Alex Fitch looks at the actors who have been hired to play incarnations of Doctor Who after the original actors have passed on or retired. While the programme has a built in fiction for the constant recasting of the lead role, fans have had a desire to still see and hear new adventures for the 1960s and 70s versions of Doctor Who, and these have begun to be made and licenced by the BBC for broadcast on digital radio, television and download.
Alex talks to impressionist Jon Culshaw about playing Tom Baker – otherwise known as the Fourth Doctor – in Dead Ringers, and audiobooks such as The Ark in Space; to actor David Troughton about channeling his father Patrick as an ersatz Second Doctor on BBC Radio 4extra
(Originally broadcast 21st December 2015 as part of a Clear Spot on Resonance FM, with thanks to BBC Audio)
David Troughton / Jon Culshaw / Covers of The Hexford Invasion and the Ark in Space
Electric Sheep Magazine editor in chief Virginie Sélavy and assistant editor Alex Fitch talk to visual artist Graham Humphreys, best known for his posters for The Evil Dead, Dream Demon and Santa Sangre, about his new book, Drawing Blood. Festival director Nag Vladermersky discusses this year’s edition of the London International Animation Festival, which runs at the Barbican from 4 to 10 December. Plus an interview with Peter Strickland, director of Berberian Sound Studio and The Duke of Burgundy, about his new ‘3D sound’ adaptation of Nigel Kneale’s The Stone Tape for BBC Radio 4. Plus classic tracks by Link Wray, The Cramps, Elroy Dietzel, Hasil Adkins and The Sonics.
Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 18th November 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Details from Berberian Sound Studio, LIAF 2015 and Monster Club (by Graham Humphreys) posters
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Satanic Panic, Festival Screenings
Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy talks to author Kier-La Janisse about her book on the 1980s ‘Satanic Panic’ phenomenon, in which subculture, cult film and teenage rebellions were erroneously classified as having supernatural connections. Virginie also chats to film critic and cartoonist Mark Stafford about films they saw at this year’s London Film Festival, including: High Rise, The Witch, Evolution, Der Nachtmahr, The Invitation, Men and Chicken, The Lobster, Green Room, James White, Desierto and The Forbidden Room. Plus classic tracks by Sparkle Moore with Dan Belloc and his orchestra, and The Sonics. (Edited by Alex Fitch)
Partially broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 22nd October 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Satanic Panic cover / LFF logo / Mark Stafford, photo by Sarah McIntyre
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Cult Screenings, Hardware, Squirm
Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to directors Jeff Lieberman and Richard Stanley, and composer Simon Boswell about cult cinema screenings.
Fitch and Lieberman discuss the latter’s classic horror films Squirm, Blue Sunshine and Just Before Dawn during the director’s visit to Cine-Excess 2014 at the University of Brighton, and bookending a 25th anniversary screening of Hardware at SCI-FI-LONDON, Stanley and Boswell explore the genesis of their film, the former’s plans to direct an adaptaion of H.P.Lovecraft’s “The Colour out of Space” and the latter’s scores for other genre classics such as Sante Sangre and Shallow Grave. Plus classic tracks by R Dean Taylor, and PiL (with live accompaniment by Simon Boswell).
Partially broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 22nd October 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Still from Hardware / Norwegian video cover for Blue Sunshine / still from Squirm
Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist Erica Smith recalls her influential zine Girl Frenzy, made by Brightonians in the 1990s, in an interview recorded at Cartoon County, Hove. Alex and Erica also discuss the anti-UKIP beer mats the artist designed for distribution in the South East before the General Election and her contributions to “Julia Kay’s Portrait Party”.(Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 12th October 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
Issues 3 – 5 of Girl Frenzy, Erica Smith holds GF annual (photo by Sarah McIntyre), anti-UKIP beer mats designed by Smith
Alex Fitch talks to Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell about newspaper cartoons, Goth Girl and illustrating Coraline. Chris and Alex also discuss the artist’s different takes on Alienography for political cartoons and children’s books, plus his memories of encountering David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta at a young age. (Originally broadcast as part of the ‘Clear Spot’, 15th September 2015 on Resonance 104.4 FM. Recorded at Graphic Brighton)
Political and non-political Alienography, Antrobus and Coraline by Chris Riddell