An Old Career in a New Town

Well, not exactly, but I am currently hunting for a new address (amazingly, only the third I’ll have had for any significant period) whilst I empty this manse of thirty-plus years of accumulated detritus before putting it on the market. It may be a vain hope, but maybe the move will also provide some perspective and a little more direction along my career path, which more frequently resembles a disputed right of way across an abandoned firing range.

More news to follow, I guess. Meanwhile, I should be making a more upbeat announcement very shortly about a documentary project I’ve just completed with Chrissie Harper, my partner in Vamporama Films. Stay tuned.

Photo Album: David Sutton, 2016

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I interviewed the author and editor David Sutton at the October 2016 meeting of the Birmingham Horror Group, the text version of which subsequently appeared in the magazine Fear. We first met at the third Fantasycon, held at a nearby hotel in February 1977, so we were well familiar with each other’s work (I’m holding a copy of the journal I co-edited, Critical Wave, which carried a feature on Fantasy Tales, the award-winning digest he co-edited).

Photo by Chrissie Harper

Photo Album: Carl Jones, 2016

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Back in July 2016, I was asked to be a guest on Carl Jones’ weekly movie show The Big Picture, which aired on the regional channel Big Centre TV. We had a lot of fun, as you can see here, and that appearance led to my colleague Chrissie Harper and I producing a series of news reports for Carl. Sadly, neither The Big Picture nor Big Centre TV survived the year.

Photo by Chrissie Harper

The Forbidden Lady

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I interviewed the actress Dagmar Lassander at the 2016 Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester. I can’t say too much at the moment, but my colleague Chrissie Harper is currently editing footage from our conversation on stage into a short documentary, under the working title The Forbidden Lady. More news soon as I’m able to announce it.

Photo Album: Victoria Price, 2017

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Victoria Price (daughter of Vincent) was to have been a surprise guest at the first Birmingham FearFest, organised by the Birmingham Horror Group, but ticket sales were sadly insufficient to justify going ahead with the convention. However, Victoria joined Birmingham cake designer Annabel de Vetten for a special event at the city’s historic Electric Cinema, where I interviewed them both for local television.

Photo by Chrissie Harper

Photo Album: Alan Jones, 2016

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I’ve known Alan Jones since the early 1990s, when I was first freelancing (including a monthly column for The Dark Side and regular appearances in SFX) and he was writing for a number of film magazines, including Shivers. I interviewed him in October 2016, at the aptly-titled London hostelry The Bleeding Heart Tavern. A clip from our conversation aired on the Halloween edition of Big Centre TV’s film programme The Big Picture (see here); sadly, this was the channel’s final day, before it was swallowed up by the inferior Made TV).

Photo by Chrissie Harper

Victorian Horror

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The Birmingham Horror Group held its second ‘Mini-Movie Marathon’ last night, at the Victoria pub in the heart of the city’s theatre district. One of the evening’s unexpected pleasures was meeting and hanging out with Irish filmmaker Simon O’Neill, who’d flown in from Dublin to represent The Man With My Name, his documentary on Italian screenwriter Giovanni Simonelli (A Cat in the Brain, Bloody Psycho).

Photo by Chrissie Harper