Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: The Last Horror Movie Actor
Ahead of the release of his new film The Seasoning House, Alex Fitch talks to actor Kevin Howarth about his career so far, from his memorable lead role in The Last Horror Movie (2003) to his forthcoming zombie action movie GallowWalkers with Wesley Snipes. Kevin talks about resisting his typecasting as a horror film actor, working as a voice artist on video games and the experiences of working with make-up Paul Hyett on various projects before the latter turned director on The Seasoning House.
Kevin Howarth in The Last Horror Movie, The Seasoning House, GallowWalkers
The Seasoning House is released 21st June 2013 in UK cities by Kaleidoscope Entertainment, more info: www.theseasoninghouse.com
Electric Sheep Magazine Podcast: Michael Apted and Cory McAbee – From cradle to…
Alex Fitch talks to two directors about their projects which capture visions of childhood and how that progresses into adulthood. In a Q & A recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON: EAST, Alex chats to Cory McAbee, creator of SF musicals The American Astronaut and Stingray Sam, about his latest film Crazy and Thief – a semi improvised drama which documents the director’s children as they journey across New York looking for stars and come across characters inspired by The Odyssey – again scored by his band, ‘The Billy Nayer Show’. Cory discusses his change in direction for this project, the difficulties of directing children and performs a song from the soundtrack.
Also, Alex discusses 56Up with Michael Apted, the latest instalment of his 7Up series which has charted the lives of 14 children from diverse socio-economic backgrounds since the age of 7, with new episodes every 7 years; as well as exploring the history of this series, Alex and Michael discuss the latter’s involvement with another serial that’s reached its 50th anniversary as the director recalls his experience of directing the Bond movie, The World is not Enough.
DVD cover for 7-49Up, posters for 56Up, The world is not enough, Crazy and Thief, The American Astronaut
I’m ready for my close-up special: London Film Festival 2012 review part 2
In the second of two special hour long editions of I’m ready for my close-up, celebrating the 56th BFI London Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to film critic Sarah Cronin about films they’ve seen at this year’s LFF. Films reviewed include: restored German silent movie The Loves of Pharaoh, sex therapy drama The Sessions, Italian Big Brother satire Reality, new Thomas Vinterberg film The Hunt, restored Lee Van Cleef spaghetti western The Big Gundown, François Ozon’s In the House, Korean crime drama Nameless Gangsters and Helpless, an adaptation of Miyabe Miyuki’s novel Burning Train to Korea. Alex talks to retired film editor Ian Rakoff about hostage drama Argo and comedy SF film Robot and Frank. Also, director Chi Keung Fung, best known for co-writing Stephen Chow’s Shaolin Soccer, discusses his directorial debut The Bounty, with translation by Wan Yee Wong, Australian director Amanda Jane talks about her family comedy drama The Wedding Party, and actor / director Ben Affleck discusses his new film Argo. (Originally broadcast in an edited version 18/10/12 on Resonance FM)
Poster for The Bounty, Argo (film within a film + actual), The Wedding Party, The Sessions
I’m ready for my close-up special: London Film Festival 2012 review part 1
In the first of two special hour long editions to celebrate the 56th BFI London Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to cartoonist and film critic Mark Stafford about films they’ve seen at this year’s LFF. Films reviewed include: the new Ralph Steadman documentary: For no good reason, Brandon Cronenberg’s Antiviral, The Shining documentary Room 237, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sally Potter’s Ginger and Rosa, Hyde Park on Hudson, Good Vibrations, West of Memphis, Beware of Mr. Baker, Animated Monty Python reunion: A Liar’s Autobiography, French cartoon Ernest and Celestine, and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie…
Also, Alex talks to director Richard Bates Jr. about his excellent new teen body horror movie Excision, which stars Traci Lords, Malcolm McDowell and John Waters and is best described as a cross between We need to talk about Kevin and I was a teenage Frankenstein! (Originally broadcast in an edited version 16/10/12 on Resonance FM)
Posters for Beasts of the Southern Wild, Excision, Antiviral
Alex Fitch talks to film critic and historian Kim Newman about The Edgar Wallace Mysteries, a series of British B movies made in the 1960s and subsequently rebranded as a TV series, based on novels by the co-creator of King Kong. Plus: in a Q and A recorded at the Raindance Film Festival, Alex talks to director M.A. Littler about his documentary The Kingdom of Survival, a road movie that explores the current state of scepticism and philosophy in modern America and features interviews with Noam Chomsky, Ramsey Kanaan and Joe Bageant.
Still from the opening credits of The Edgar Wallace Mysteries / Poster for The Kingdom of Survival
In a pair of Q and As recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, the London International Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film Festival, Alex Fitch talks to director John Simon about his adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth and to director Berton Pierce and special effects expert Greg Aronowitz about the film Sense of Scale, a documentary on model making in the cinema.
Stills from Sense of Scale and Radio Free Albemuth
Alex Fitch talks to a pair of directors who made their first films on very low budgets and deal with subjects of hauntings that are to do as much with memory as anything supernatural. Eduardo Sánchez discusses his debut film The Blair Witch Project and his latest movie, Lovely Molly, which follows a young woman’s mental breakdown while being tormented by the ghosts of her past. Also, in an interview recorded at SCI-FI-LONDON, Shawn Holmes talks about his micro-budget feature Memory Lane which sees an Afghanistan veteran cheating death repeatedly to revisit his memories of a dead girlfriend and solve the riddle of her death.
In a pair of interviews looking at the crossover between comics and film, Alex Fitch talks to Stefan Hutchinson about his comic book Demons 3 – a sequel to Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava’s classic 1980s horror films – and to comic book artist Dave McKean about his film of the Port Talbot Passion play, The Gospel of Us. Alex And Stefan discuss the writer’s Haloween comics Nightdance and First Death of Laurie Strode plus his documentary, Halloween: 25 Years Of Terror. Alex and Dave also talk about the artist’s collaborations with Richard Dawkins and Michael Sheen, plus his earlier film MirrorMask.
Poster for The Gospel of Us, directed by Dave McKean / Panel from Demons 3 by Stefan Hutchinson and Jeff Zornow
Electric Sheep Podcast: Exploring The Lair of the White Worm
In a panel discussion recorded at The Horse Hospital arts club after a screening of Ken Russell’s lurid Bram Stoker adaptation, The Lair of the White Worm, Mark Pilkington discusses the film with BFI Flipside programmers Vic Pratt and Will Fowler, touching on issues of the legend of the Lambton Worm, titillation in absurdity in British cinema and Russell’s three picture deal with Vestron Pictures in the 1980s.
Still from The Lair of the White Worm by Ken Russell
In a pair of interviews about innovations in film-making, Alex Fitch talks to two directors who have embraced new technology. Alex talks to Alex Cox about Repo Man, computer generated backgrounds its sequel Repo Chic(k), interactive cinema and using CGI in the rerelease of his western Straight to Hell. Alex also talks to Julian Napier, director of Madame Butterfly 3D, a new film of the Royal Opera House’s production of Puccini’s classic tale, how filming the opera using 3D cameras makes the cinema presentation a more immersive experience.
Repo Man film poster and Blu-Ray cover, Repo Chick and Madame Butterfly 3D posters