Reality Check: Manhwa and metamorphosis
Two events taking place this weekend are ideal places for fans of fantasy and science fiction to visit – SCI-FI-LONDON: EAST and Manhwa: Korean Story and Painting – each in venues not known for exploring those genres. Alex Fitch talks to director Chris Swanton about his adaptation of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, screening Sunday 11th November at Stratford Picturehouse and to comic book creator Min-Woo Hyung regarding the art he’s exhibiting at the Korean Creative Content Agency, 1-3 The Strand. Alex and Chris discuss why the director chose a hard to translate novel by Kafka as his directorial debut, following a career as an editor on such projects as the BBC’s Ghostwatch, and Min-Woo talks about his career as a Manhwa creator from his debut Chronicle of a Hot-blooded Judo King to his latest project Ghostface and his most famous series Priest, which was adapted as a Sci-Fi blockbuster in 2011.
Poster for Priest 3D, art from Priest and Ghostface by Min-Woo Hyung, poster for Metamorphosis, cover of Ghostwatch
(Expanded podcast of an episode of I’m ready for my close-up, broadcast 09/11/12 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at www.sci-fi-london.com
More info about SCI-FI-LONDON: EAST (9th-11th November) at www.scfilondon.com and Manhwa: Korean Story and Painting (1st-21st November) at www.manhwa101.com
Links: Min-Woo Hyung’s pages on lambiek and Comic Book Database
Wikipedia pages on Priest manhwa and movie
Chris Swanton’s filmography on IMDb
Wikipedia pages on The Metamorphosis film adaptation and novel
Metamorphosis official film website
SCI-FI-LONDON movies its yearly satellite event (formerly Oktoberfest) a month later and a few miles East, as the Stratford Picturehouse hosts this post-apocolympic event… Premières include a new feature adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis starring Maureen Lipman and Cory McAbee’s latest SF musical comedy Crazy and Thief. There’s another chance for anyone who missed Brandon Cronenberg’s debut film Antiviral at the London Film festival to catch up with the this excellent body-horror thriller and the usual MST3K and Anime all-nighters.
9th-11th November 2012, Stratford Picturehouse, Theatre Square, Salway Road, Stratford, London E15 1BX
More info at www.scifilondon.com