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World Cinema, Spring 2009 April 16, 2009

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Electric Sheep podcast: World Cinema, Spring 2009

Interviews originally broadcast 26/03/09 on www.resonancefm.com

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

Paolo Sorrentino directs Il Divo

In the latest edition of the Electric Sheep Magazine podcast, we’re looking at recent world and art-house cinema releases on DVD and in cinemas. Alex Fitch interviews the director (Christophe Van Rompaey) and star (Jurgen Delnaet) of the new Belgian rom-com Moscow, Belgium / Aanrijding in Moscou, while Jessica Fostekew 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.

Also, Alex reviews the Spanish Science Fiction thriller Timecrimes / Los cronocrímenes and our new reviewer David Warwick looks at the new DVD of Geoffrey Malins’ The Battle of the Somme (1916).

For more info about the variety of formats you can download this podcast in / stream, please visit www.archive.org

Links: IMDb pages on Il Divo, Moscow, Belgium, The Battle of the Somme and Timecrimes
Il Divo, Moscow, Belgium, Timecrimes and The Battle of the Somme official websites
Wikipedia pages on
Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo and Moscow, Belgium

Listen to Alex’s interview with Toby Haggith (Imperial War Museum) and Andrew Robertshaw (National Army Museum) about the restoration of The Battle of the Somme
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 deliver a Sweeney Todd monologue
Jess’ pages at
spotlight.com, castingcallpro.com and comedycv.co.uk

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

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Sci-Fi London 8 April 11, 2009

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Sci-Fi London 8 logo

Sci-Fi London 8 logo

It’s nearly the May Bank Holiday, which means it’s also nearly time for this year’s Sci-Fi London – The London International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantasy Film

Now in its 8th year, Sci-Fi London has developed into a more wide-ranging science fiction festival than ever before. Sci-Fi London now includes talks on literature, science and comic books that not only sit alongside the film events in the programme, but provide a dialogue with the screenings: TV and radio writers will discuss sci-fi comedy while comic book artist Kevin O’Neill will talk about his drawings on screen and the film based on them, Hardware (1990), which will be shown afterwards.

Image from Hardware, directed by Richard Stanley

Image from Hardware, directed by Richard Stanley

A perennial and popular strand at SFL is the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 all-night screenings, where fans of SF B-movies watch a TV version of those films, with heckling by an onscreen astronaut and two robots. This year’s festival takes that idea into the realm of stand-up comedy, screening one of the films showing in the festival again with a live redub of the soundtrack by improv comedians who include Cariad Lloyd, Gemma Whelan, Sara Pascoe (Free Agents), Humphrey Ker (Penny Dreadfuls) and Paul Foxcroft. Elsewhere there are different kinds of interaction with SF fans. For the first time in its history, SFL 8 will screen a ‘fan-film’, The Hunt for Gollum, which boasts production values similar to any of the authentic Lord of the Rings films and should keep devotees of the saga happy before the official prequel hits the big screen. In addition, SFL features an on-stage reading of a radio play script, The Brightonomicon, by some of the original cast, allowing the audience to see behind the scenes of something they’d normally only hear. The films at this year’s SFL are a mixture of old and new, Western SF and films from further afield:

The City of Lost Children / La cite des enfants perdus directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

The City of Lost Children / La cite des enfants perdus directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet

As well as The City of Lost Children (1995), featuring a Q and A with co-director Marc Caro performed by Alex Fitch with translation by Virginie Sélavy, there’s a kids screening of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth (1986), Ever Since the World Ended (2003), and four of the best Star Trek movies from the 1980s, which fans can see for free. World cinema is represented by Turkish comedies G.O.R.A. (2004) and A.R.O.G. (2008), Japanese SF epic Twentieth-Century Boys part 2 and a selection of Israeli short films.

Image from Stingray Sam directed by Cory McAbee

Image from Stingray Sam directed by Cory McAbee

New films and premieres include Bill Plympton’s Idiots and Angels, Stingray Sam (from the director of The American Astronaut, a low-fi American indie favourite of recent years) and new Japanese / American co-produced animé Afro Samurai: Resurrection, featuring the voices of Samuel L. Jackson and Lucy Liu. Perhaps the most obvious example of combining old and new at the festival is Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell 2.0, which is a remix of the original film, replacing all of the backgrounds and some of the characters with new visuals. Whether Oshii’s interference with his own film is on the level of George Lucas’s endless tinkering with Star Wars – making it worse each time – or Ridley Scott’s various re-edits of Blade Runner – all equally as good and as unneeded – remains to be seen.

A longer version of this article first appeared in Electric Sheep Magazine online

Hectic Peelers screening: Not Quite Hollywood April 6, 2009

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Hectic Peelers screening: Not Quite Hollywood – The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Not Quite Hollywood poster

Not Quite Hollywood poster

MONDAY 6 APRIL, Roxy Bar and Screen, 7:30pm, FREE: Resonance FM and Electric Sheep Magazine present Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!, a brilliantly entertaining documentary that celebrates Australian genre cinema of the 70s and 80s. Expect a fast-paced, breathless 102-minute ride packed with outrageous stunts, shameless nudity, bloody terror and countless crazy anecdotes!
The film will be introduced by Electric Sheep Magazine editor Virginie Sélavy.
With thanks to Optimum Releasing.
7.30pm, 06/04/09, 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 latest issue of the magazine, please click here

Links: Not quite Hollywood page at www.imdb.com
Interview with director Mark Hartley at www.filmdetail.com
Official Australian home page for the documentary

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