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Electric Sheep Magazine version 4.0 February 11, 2010

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Electric Sheep Magazine is dead…

Long live Electric Sheep online!

Bloody Ballet montage by Julia Scheele
Bloody Ballet montage by Julia Scheele

Available online now is the fourth incarnation of Electric Sheep Magazine. ESM started out as an online magazine, metamorphosed into an A5 print magazine available in selected Art House Cinemas, regenerated into a full sized magazine with a spine available in selected Art Galleries and book shops and is now online only again. This is not to say it won’t return to print again in the future, but for now we’re concentrating on the online version, bringing across some of the best features of the print magazine to the web. These include illustrations by top small press comic book artists such as Julia Scheele who is the first illustrator of our new ‘themes‘ section which brings the quarterly nature of the print magazine to a monthly section online….

Excerpt from Asian Horror DVD collection review by Dan Lester
Excerpt from Asian Horror DVD collection review by Dan Lester

Our quarterly comic strip reviews are now also monthly online, starting with a new Asian horror film collection review by Dan Lester, who also provided us with our first print comic…

Plus in issue 36 of Electric Sheep Magazine online:

We explore the dark and supernatural side of ballet on film with articles on Suspiria, The Red Shoes and a review of Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary by Alex Fitch.

New cinema releases include Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Micmacs, reviewed by Mark Stafford and Japanese debut Asyl, which centres on an unusual ‘love hotel’ in Tokyo. We examine how Takeshi Kitano confronts his ‘Beat’ Takeshi persona in the long-awaited Takeshis’ to offer an iconoclastic dissection of fame. We discuss our favourite Hitchcock blondes in anticipation of the Blonde Crazy retrospective at Birds Eye View next month. In the DVD section, we review Fritz Lang’s unsurpassed classic M and Craig Baldwin’s conspiratorial history of Scientology Mock Up on Mu. We look at Kim Longinotto’s Gaea Girls and Shinjuku Boys, two documentaries on women living on the margins of Japanese society and as part of our exploration of online movies, we look at David Lynch’s website.

In Short Cuts, we have a report on the 7th London Short Film Festival, which once more offered many memorable moments, while in our Alter Ego column, transferring from our print incarnation, Welcome to Mars author Ken Hollings tells us why he would be Astro Boy if he was a film character. Finally, quirky pop genius Lightspeed Champion picks his favourite films in the Film Jukebox. Also listen to our latest podcast, in which Alex Fitch talks to Oscar winning actress Susannah York about her career.


Please note: this will be the last post published at http://www.electricsheepmagazine.wordpress.com – please visit www.electricsheepmagazine.com/events from now on to receive the same content that previously appeared on this blog…

Recommended events:

Spend Valentine’s Day with We are Words + Pictures

14th February, at Notting Hill Arts Club
Two very special events brought to you by WAW+P.

3-7pm: Drop In + Draw.
Live art and workshops featuring Jamie McKelvie, Adam Cadwell and Tom Humberstone

Illustrators, writers and animators of all ages come together for an afternoon day of comic book art and fun. Featuring group-draw sessions, comic-themed activities and one-on-one tutorials, Drop In + Draw is open to artists of all abilities. You’ll be joined by Jamie McKelvie (X-Men: Divided We Stand, Suburban Glamour), Adam Cadwell (The Everyday) and Eagle Award-Winner Tom Humberstone (How To Date A Girl in 10 Days, My Fellow Americans), who’ll be on hand for sketches, advice and tips. So even if you can’t tell Batman from Manbat, or don’t know which end of a brush pen to hold, come on down and we’ll get you making comics.

Entry – £1 per person to cover materials.

7.30-late: Modern Romance.
A night of pop and music compered by Robin Ince. Featuring House of Starnge, Dogtanion and Judas Zero

A night of sunshine pop and four-color mayhem, Notting Hill Arts Club will be filled with comic art and live illustration while the bands play on. Compered by very special guest Robin Ince (The Office, Mock The Week, Nevermind The Buzzcocks, Radio 4 regular), the acts include confetti-wielding electro-pop heroes House of Strange, Dogtanion – whose single ‘Heavy Talk’ was one of Drowned in Sound’s ‘Singles of 2009′ – and intergalactic folk hero Judas Zero.

Once the bands have finished the We Are Words + Pictures DJs will play into the night, bringing the likes of M.I.A., Lady Gaga, The Flaming Lips and Los Campesinos! to the dancefloor.

Entry – £5 per person (£4 concessions)

Please note: these events are adults only. Sorry.
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ

More info at http://wearewordsandpictures.com


Today’s screening: Kiss Me Deadly (1955) February 10, 2010

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Electric Sheep Film Club: Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

For the ninth meeting of the Electric Sheep Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema off Leicester Square, here’s your antidote to forthcoming Valentine soppiness: promising ‘red-blood kisses’ and ‘white-hot thrills’, Kiss Me Deadly is a noir classic that has lost none of its power to shock and surprise.

Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly

Take the money, do not open the box! - a still from Kiss Me Deadly by Robert Aldrich

Take the money, do not open the box! - a still from Kiss Me Deadly by Robert Aldrich

From classic noir writer Mickey Spillane and the director of Whatever happened to Baby Jane comes this lurid thriller, with SF elements that influenced Raiders of the Lost Ark and Repo Man. Private investigator Mike Hammer, a thuggish, macho anti-hero, is drawn into a bottomless pit of conspiracy and corruption after picking up a mysterious and beautiful hitch-hiker. Exposing the black soul of America in the atomic age, this is as hard-boiled as it gets.

Film students and aspiring film writers are invited to enter our film writing competition: write a 200-word review of Kiss Me Deadly and send it to ladyvengeance [at] electricsheepmagazine.com, marked ‘Film writing competition’ in the subject line. Jason Wood, director of programming at Curzon Cinemas, film journalist and author of 100 American Independent Films and 100 Road Movies among others, will select the best review. Deadline: Thursday 25 February. The selected review will be published on the Electric Sheep website in March. This is a regular feature of the Electric Sheep Film Club. You can read November’s winning review of Repulsion here.

Links: Info about Kiss Me Deadly at the IMDb

For info on the latest print issue of Electric Sheep magazine, please click here and for the latest podcast, featuring Oscar winning actress Susannah York, click here

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Saturday Screening: The Phantom of the Opera (1925) + live DJ score February 5, 2010

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Electric Sheep Subterranea logo
Electric Sheep SubterraneaThe Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Electric Sheep presents subterranean screenings of minor masterpieces, oddball B-movies and genre classics in our new venue Notting Hill Arts Club.

Join us every second Saturday of the month for a feature film and a chat, preceded by short films, music and other attractions.

Phantom of the Opera poster

Phantom of the Opera poster

Electric Sheep hosts an afternoon of film, music and comics as part of Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoons.

The earliest film version of the legendary figure and one of the first silent horror films, The Phantom of the Opera (1925) stars the great Lon Chaney as the horribly disfigured Erik who leads a secret and lonely existence beneath the Paris Opera. After falling in love with a beautiful young singer, he holds her prisoner in his underground lair. Darkly poetic and full of visual delights, the film creates a startling world of nightmarish beauty while Chaney superbly brings out the terrible humanity of the monster.

The film will be shown with a live DJ rescore by DJ Downfall.

Courtesy of Eureka Entertainment


We Are Words + Pictures are a London-based team of illustrators and writers who bring comics to new readers through events, workshops, publications and market stalls. WAW+P will be bringing illustrator Anna Saunders to Electric Sheep Subterranea, where she’ll be drawing alongside the screening, as well as a selection of ‘zines and comics, which will be on sale in the bar. WAW+P are contributors to the new anthology Solipsistic Pop edited by Eagle Award winner Tom Humberstone, which aims to showcase the best in current British small press and underground comic books, and will be available for sale at the event.

+ DJS AND SHORT FILMS designed to compliment the main feature…

Every first Saturday of the month, Notting Hill Arts Club.


SATURDAY 6th FEBRUARY, Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3JQ, 4pm

More info at Electric Sheep Magazine Online