Monthly Archives: November 2016

Life’s a grind(house) [2]

A couple of images from Sunday’s interviews at Leicester’s Grindhouse Planet Film Festival, featuring organiser Marc Hamill and award-winner Liam Banks. Meanwhile, Marc announced today that he’s already taking submissions for the 2017 event. Great to hear it was such a success.


Update: The interview with Marc aired on 10 December as part of both Birmingham News Weekend Magazine and The Birmingham Lowdown: Best Bits.

Life’s a grind(house)

Just returned from a brief but rewarding 90-mile round-trip to Leicester’s Shed Venue, where I talked to Roasted Films‘ Marc Hamill about organising the first Grindhouse Planet Film Festival, as well as Superfreak Media’s Liam Banks, fresh from winning the event’s 48-Hour Movie Challenge with his faux trailer for Night of the Demented Virgins from Hell.

Centre-stage again… [4]

Further to my attending last month’s Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester to conduct Dagmar Lassander’s guest interview, I’ve now been approached by Pan Macmillan to interview Adam Nevill at a Waterstones promotion for his forthcoming novel, Under a Watchful Eye. If all goes according to plan, the event will be held in the centre of Birmingham, Adam’s former home city.

Update 21/11: Unfortunately, it appears Adam’s schedule is rather over-loaded, so the event has been cancelled.

In the Picture [7]

As anticipated, Big Centre TV was officially absorbed by the Made TV network (becoming Made In Birmingham TV) as of 1 November, making my interview with Alan Jones – premiered on Halloween morning – the final item aired under the former’s Big Picture banner. We made our debut on the rebranded channel just under a fortnight later, when The Lowdown Birmingham showcased my conversation with Edith Scob. A further interview, with director Norman J Warren, is currently in the pipeline.

Update: The interviews with Edith and Norman aired as part of both Birmingham News Weekend Magazine and The Birmingham Lowdown: Best Bits, on 12 November and 3 December respectively.

Escape From Old Trafford [2]

Further to my review of John Carpenter’s Manchester gig, I’ve been contacted by the BBC Radio 4 consumer magazine You and Yours regarding widespread allegations that the Victoria Warehouse was dangerously overcrowded. (Not that you’ll read anything about this controversy on the venue’s social media pages, of course, or amongst the feedback on SeeTickets’ website.)

Meanwhile, the podcast 80’s Picture House carried a lengthy and detailed report on the event, as well as promoting the Twitter hashtag #ReleaseTheRants. I strongly recommend you listen in.

Putting the Face to the Eyes

As well as interviewing Dagmar Lassander on stage for the 27th Festival of Fantastic Films, my somewhat hectic Saturday schedule included a short chat with Edith Scob, whose haunting performance was central to 1960’s Les Yeux Sans Visage (known here as Eyes Without a Face). It’s currently at the editing stage, but should be available soon at my and Chrissie’s YouTube channel.

Update: The interview was screened on the cable channel Made In Birmingham TV (formerly Big Centre TV) on 12 November.