In the Picture [4]

The first three news reports Chrissie and I produced for Big Centre TV’s The Big Picture are now available to view at our YouTube channel: (1) Mockingbird Theatre, (2) Flatpack Film Festival, (3) Blue Orange Theatre. The fourth, an interview with FrightFest’s Alan Jones, will be uploaded shortly after it’s aired on Halloween.

Where there’s the Smoke, there’s fear

My Ghostwords TV colleague Chrissie Harper and I travelled down to central London on Wednesday, to interview FrightFest‘s Alan Jones. A three-minute extract is scheduled to play during Big Centre TV‘s Halloween programming, with the full edit earmarked for our YouTube channel soon as a text version has appeared in The Dark Side.

Talking Tales

The special guest at this month’s Birmingham Horror Group was David A Sutton, author and award-winning former co-editor of the highly influential magazine Fantasy Tales. I interviewed David and his partner-in-print Stephen Jones back in 1989, for Critical Wave (which I co-edited with Martin Tudor), so we simply resumed those roles for the evening and brought our previous conversation up to date. This time, the text version is earmarked for the recently resurrected Fear.

DVD / Blu-ray reviews: Timeslip (1970-71), Stigmata (1999)

[Published in The Dark Side #178, September 2016]

In the Picture [2]

Chrissie and I headed over to Birmingham Open Media a couple of weeks back, to meet with Ian Francis, director of the city’s Flatpack Film Festival, to discuss both that event and the current ‘Birmingham on Film’ season. The resulting interview will air on Big Centre TV‘s breakfast magazine Good Morning tomorrow, with several repeats during the day, and will be featured in The Week with Carl Jones on Friday. Our third report for the channel, focusing upon Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre, currently awaits a slot in the schedule.

As you can see from the photograph below, I bumped into one of Bruce Campbell’s co-stars from the original Evil Dead on the way out, but he declined to be interviewed. Apparently, he had to attend a stag party that evening.

In the Picture

Following my recent appearance on Big Centre TV‘s movie magazine The Big Picture, hosted by Carl Jones, I’m delighted to announce my first report for the channel will air later this month. Together with my director / editor colleague Chrissie Harper, I met with Anthony Duffy, general manager of Birmingham’s Mockingbird Theatre, to discuss the venue’s impending relaunch as a full-time cinema.

DVD/Blu-ray reviews: Doomwatch (1970-72), Doomwatch (1972)

[Published in The Dark Side #176, July 2016]

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Profile: Irwin Allen [1992]

Curtain Call for the Great Showman

[From Critical Wave #25, 1992]

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Profile: Michael Moorcock [1992]

Behold the Author

[From Critical Wave #28, 1992]

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