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.
My latest news report for Big Centre TV makes its debut during tomorrow morning’s edition of Good Morning, with repeats during the day. It’s an extract from a longer interview with FrightFest’s Alan Jones, due for a print appearance in The Dark Side. As usual, it’s Chrissie Harper behind the camera.
The channel’s in flux right now, as it becomes part of the Made TV network, but I was very pleased to take a ‘phone call on Friday from one of the programme hosts, expressing his wish that we become a permanent part of the line-up.
I had the immense pleasure yesterday of interviewing German actress Dagmar Lassander (The Frightened Woman, Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, The Black Cat) on stage at the 27th Festival of Fantastic Films, as well as presenting her with the Society of Fantastic Films International Award, a rather lovely statuette modelled upon the robot Maria from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
Our conversation is earmarked for publication in a future edition of The Dark Side, with the footage appearing later on Ghostwords TV (alongside other interviews filmed that afternoon by my colleague Chrissie Harper).
In the meantime, Big Centre TV will be airing an extract of my recent chat with FrightFest’s Alan Jones tomorrow as part of its breakfast show Good Morning, with repeats during the day’s news programming.
Among the various projects emanating from Rose of Eibon, the enterprise I run with my friend Chrissie Harper, is a line of exclusive t-shirt designs. The advert above is scheduled to appear in the next issue of The Dark Side, due out in a couple of weeks.
Delighted to announce I’ve been invited to interview the actress and director Dagmar Lassander next Saturday for the 27th Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester. I already had two reasons to be in the city that day: Chrissie and I will be interviewing attendees for a Ghostwords TV documentary on the event, plus we’re catching John Carpenter during his brief UK concert tour. The Dark Side has expressed interest in publishing my conversation with Ms Lassander, which is a bonus.
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.
Tuesday saw the airing on Big Centre TV of Chrissie’s and my report from Birmingham’s Blue Orange Theatre, featuring an interview with trustee Mark Webster. All three of our contributions to Carl Jones’ show The Big Picture will shortly be available online via our YouTube channel.
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.
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.
[From SFX #33, 1997; thanks to Chrissie Harper for scanning this page for me.]
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There’s a little story behind this article (which unaccountably appeared without a byline, although I did receive a credit for the reviews of Satan’s Slave and Terror published in the same issue). I’d interviewed Norman at the 1997 Festival of Fantastic Films, but during the closing ceremony, whilst I was on stage with John Landis, some unknown scumbag sneaked into the main hall and stole the bag containing both my camera (with irreplaceable photos of myself with my new god-daughter, Heloise) and my tape recorder. Fortunately, Norman was agreeable to recreating our conversation via telephone, and my late wife Ann generously offered to transcribe the result.
Bringing the story forward to the present day, Norman is actually working on a new movie and has agreed to discuss this project on a forthcoming edition of Ghostwords TV.