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I’m ready for my close-up extra: New World Cinema March 26, 2009

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Today on Resonance FM:

I’m ready for my close-up extra: New World Cinema

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

In a special extra edition of I’m ready for my close-up, heralding the start of Spring, Alex Fitch and Jessica Fostekew look at two new critically acclaimed World Cinema releases. Alex interviews the director (Christophe Van Rompaey) and star (Jurgen Delnaet) of the new Belgian rom-com “Moscow, Belgium / Aanrijding in Moscou“, while Jess talks to director Paolo Sorrentino about his new film “Il Divo“, which chronicles the life of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti who has been tried for murder and ties to the Mafia, but acquitted due to the 24 year gap of getting the case before the courts.
(N.B. this is an extra edition of IRFMCU in addition to the regular 10.30pm show)

6pm 26/03/09, Resonance 104.4 FM (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com / extended podcast 31/03/09 at www. electricsheepmagazine.wordpress.com

Links: IMDb pages on Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium
Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium official websites
Wikipedia pages on
Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium
European Cinema info site
Londonnet’s guide to all the times and locations of all films currently showing in the Capital’s cinemas
Listen to Jess’ previous appearance on IRFMCU: delivering a Sweeney Todd monologue
Jess’ pages at
spotlight.com, castingcallpro.com and comedycv.co.uk

Jess’s film reviews: in (electronic) print and podcast

Electric Sheep / Wheel Me Out magazines Spring 2009 March 18, 2009

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Electric Sheep Magazine Spring 2009 cover

Electric Sheep Magazine Winter Spring cover

The Fourth Wallflower Press edition of Electric Sheep magazine has just been released and focuses on Tainted Love to celebrate the release of the sweet and bloody pre-teen vampire romance Let the Right One In, with articles on incestuous cinematic siblings, François Ozon’s tales of tortuous relationships, destructive passion in Nic Roeg’s Bad Timing, Julio Medem’s ambiguous lovers and nihilistic tenderness from Kôji Wakamatsu. Also Alex Fitch reviews Timecrimes and looks at the similarities between Wall-E and the Planet of the Apes (!), Tania Glyde discusses her ‘alter-ego’ in The Last Seduction and Virginie Selavy interviews Tomas Alfredson, author of Let the Right one in

In good bookshops now and available online (with a 15% discount) at www.wallflowerpress.co.uk and features illustrations by Oli Smith, Emma Price and Tom Humberstone and a new comic strip by Mark Stafford.
It’s a measly £3.25 in shops / £12 for 4 issues on subscription.

Click here for more details of the current issue, or here for the previous one

Let the right one in illustration by Tom Humberstone

Let the right one in illustration by Tom Humberstone

WALL-E and EVE on the Planet of the Apes illustration by Oli Smith

WALL-E and EVE on the Planet of the Apes illustration by Oli Smith

The Red Squirrel illustration by Emma Price

The Red Squirrel illustration by Emma Price

Watchmen article illustration by Mark Stafford

Watchmen article illustration by Mark Stafford

ESM continues online as a monthly magazine between print issues including exclusive content such as Alex Fitch’s article on the West London Fantastic Film society and Virginie Selavy’s interview with Kim Ji Woon

Also:

Cover of Wheel Me Out magazine #3

Cover of Wheel Me Out magazine #3

The third issue of the new online magazine Wheel Me Out has just been released and features transcripts of Alex Fitch’s interviews with comic book creators Dave Gibbons and Bryan Talbot plus audio drama scribe Mark Wright. WMO also features Ananda Pellerin’s interviews with Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh and DJ Max Tundra

Sunday Shock Therapy: Revisiting the Superhero Apocalypse! March 13, 2009

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Evil Brain from Outer Space (from Something Weird Video)

Evil Brain from Outer Space (from Something Weird Video)

This Sunday (15/03/09) at “Vibe Live” above the Vibe Bar at 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL, Electric Sheep Magazine is proud to present our FREE quarterly screening event to help promote the new print issue of the magazine. To compliment and offer alternate programming to the apocalyptic superhero movie currently in UK cinemas, Electric Sheep Magazine offers diverting afternoon entertainment, which includes an offbeat superhero movie and an apocalyptic short!

Evil Brain from Outer Space [Sūpā Jaiantsu – Uchū Kaijin Shutsugen]…features the final exploits of Japanese Superhero Starman in a mission to save the Earth from a marauding brainlike alien creature created by a mad scientist with the help of an alien army!
78 mins, black and white, 1964
(with thanks to Something Weird for permission to show the film)

The End is Cow…is a new short comedy film about mankind being threatened by an invasion of cephalopods cows who want to destroy us with their evil lactation!
[Cast and crew will be in attendance]
30 min, colour, 2008

Doors open at 2pm with music from DJ Lucky Cat and a stall selling London Underground Comics (featuring the work of Oli Smith and Emma Price) + comics by Tom Humberstone and Mark Stafford…
What else are you going to do on a cold Sunday afternoon in East London?
The first 10 people in get a free copy of the new issue of Electric Sheep! You will also have the possibility of winning a year’s subscription to the magazine!

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

Hectic Peelers Screening: Cronos March 9, 2009

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Hectic Peelers screening: Guillermo Del Toro’s Cronos

Still from the film Cronos directed by Guillermo Del Toro

Still from the film Cronos directed by Guillermo Del Toro

MONDAY 9 MARCH, Roxy Bar and Screen, 7:30pm, FREE: For this month’s Electric Sheep / Resonance FM film screening, we are very proud to present Guillermo del Toro’s first feature Cronos (1993), a sumptuously filmed, atmospheric vampire tale, which, just like Pan’s Labyrinth, has at its heart a little girl faced with horrors of a real and supernatural kind. An imaginative re-invention of the vampire myth and the first collaboration between Del Toro and actor Ron Perlman before Hellboy, it is also a moving love story as well as an oblique take on the USA’s predatory relationship to Mexico.
The film will be introduced by Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Selavy.
With thanks to Optimum Releasing.
7.30pm, 09/03/09, Roxy Bar and Screen, 128-132 Borough High Street London SE1 1LB

Hectic Peelers

To find out more about other Electric Sheep Screenings, please click here and for the magazine, please visit www.electricsheepmagazine.com

In association with: Electric Sheep Magazine logo

I’m ready for my close-up: The films of Rex Bloomstein March 5, 2009

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I’m ready for my close-up: The films of Rex Bloomstein

Rex Bloomstein filming An Independent Mind

Rex Bloomstein filming An Independent Mind


A special episode of Resonance FM’s film show I’m ready for my close-up. Alex Fitch talks to director Rex Bloomstein about his films Traitors to Hitler (1979), KZ (2006) and An Independent Mind (2008) in advance of a screening of Traitors… at the Imperial War Museum as part of a weekend of films and talks about the 1944 Bomb plot to kill Hitler (including a screening of Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise); Alex and Rex talk about documenting persecution and freedom of speech on film and notions of psychogeography in the documentary process.

For more info about this podcast and a variety of different formats you can download or stream, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org

Links: Rex’s website
Interview with Rex following a screening of KZ at the Sundance Film Festival
Rex’s page at the “British Documentary Website” dfgdocs.com
Rex’s filmography at the University of Leicester website
Imperial War Museum website