Electric Sheep Magazine assistant editor Alex Fitch presents a couple of interviews regarding films to chill the soul during the summer heatwave. Suture directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel discuss their classic 90s neo-noir as it sees a new release on Blu-Ray in the UK from Arrow, and FrightFest founder and programmer Alan Jones explores the various examples of international gore screening in this year’s festival at Vue Shepherd’s Bush. Plus classic tracks from Can, Tom Jones and Salsa Picante.
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 20th July 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM
Still and Blu-Ray cover of Suture / Frightfest 2016 poster
Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Looking East / Thalma Goldman
Electric Sheep editor Virginie Selavy talks to East End Film Festival programmer Andrew Simpson, Masonic Temple programmer Josh Saco, and to Evrim Ersoy, programmer and presenter of DukeFest the Third. Electric Sheep assistant editor Alex Fitch discusses Israeli-born British artist and animator Thalma Goldman with Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy, authors of Thalma, An Artist’s Life. Plus an extract from a conversation between Austrian filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky and British director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) recorded at the ICA. With music by The White Stripes and The Sex Pistols.
Cover of Thalma, An Artists Life by Richard Hallam and Sylvie Venet-Tupy / posters for Duke Fest, Temple Cinema and EEFF
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: James Bond – Kill Command
The monthly show about cult and world cinema. In this month’s show, Electric Sheep Assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to the director – Steven Gomez – and cinematographer – Simon Dennis – of a excellent new British Sci-Fi thriller, Kill Command, about robots and drones in an army training exercise going on a murderous rampage, in a Q and A recorded at Hackney PictureHouse as part of SCI-FI-LONDON 2016. Also, University of Reading Professor of Television and Film Jonathan Bignell discusses the influences and connections that 1950s television had on the production of the early James Bond films and novels (Recorded at University of Brighton, Film and Screen Seminar, November 2015). Featuring classic tracks by Pink Floyd, Jimmy Lloyd and Dionne Warwick.
Originally broadcast 17th May 2016 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
Vanessa Kirby and friend in Kill Command / Barry Nelson, Peter Lorre et al. in Casino Royale (1954)
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Skolimowski and Kinoteka
Celebrating this year’s Polish Film Festival Kinoteka, Alex Fitch talks to Oscar winning producer Jeremy Thomas and director Jerzy Skolimowski about the latter’s work on such films as The Shout, Essential Killing, and his latest movie 11 Minutes. Virginie Selavy talks to writer and filmmaker Daniel Bird about the late director Andrzej Zulawski, and his translation of the director’s Cosmos. With classic tracks by Blondie, Otis Spann, and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheel. Kinokteka continues at various London venues until 28th April, with Skolimowski’s autobiographical trilogy screening at Close-up between 22nd and 24th April.
Stills from the Shout and 11 Minutes by Jerzy Skolimowski / Cosmos by Andrzej Zulawski
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Ballard and the Seventies
The March episode of the Electric Sheep Film Show is a J.G. Ballard special: ESM editor in chief Virginie Sélavy talks to his daughter, artist Fay Ballard, to director Harley Cokeliss, who made a version of Crash featuring J.G. Ballard for the BBC in 1971, and to director Ben Wheatley about his new adaptation of High-Rise, which is out in cinemas on 18 March. With classic tracks by The Shangri-Las, The Residents and The Specials. (Edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)
Still from Crash by Harley Cokeliss / ‘Memory Box: About my Father’ by Fay Ballard / Still from High-Rise
Electric Sheep Magazine podcast: Frankenstein revived, Superman Lives
In the February episode of the Electric Sheep Film Show, Electric Sheep Magazine editor assistant editor Alex Fitch talks to Jasper Sharp, artistic director of the Asia House Film Festival, which runs from 22 February, to actor Tony Todd about Bernard Rose’s new adaptation of Frankenstein, and to the director (Jon Schnepp) and producers (Holly Payne, Robert Pierce) of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives. With classic tracks by The Clique, Klark Kentt and The Crystals.
The Electric Sheep Film Show continues on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 8pm, repeated the following day at 9am.
Blu-Ray cover for Frankenstein (2015) / Asia House Film Festival flyer / Jon Schnepp interviewed by Alex Fitch at BFI Southbank / The Death of Superman Lives poster
Originally broadcast as a ‘Clear Spot’, 17th February 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: 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
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