Forbidden No Longer

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For the past few months, I’ve had to keep it zipped about a project Chrissie Harper and I had in the can but couldn’t discuss until the distributor which commissioned it made a public announcement. At 3pm on Friday afternoon, Arrow Films officially confirmed it will be releasing The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion on Blu-ray in January, with our documentary The Forbidden Lady among the extras. Full details here.

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.

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.

Centre stage again… [3]

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.

Centre-stage again… [2]

As preparation for my on-stage conversation with Dagmar Lassander on Saturday, I’m currently ploughing through her back catalogue. Five movies under my belt so far: Hatchet For the Honeymoon (1970), The Iguana With the Tongue of Fire (1971), Werewolf Woman (1976), The Black Cat (1981), The House By the Cemetery (1981). Just Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970) left to watch.

Irene Scob should also be nearby, so I’m planning to catch Eyes Without a Face just in case I can grab a few minutes with her as well.

Centre-stage again…

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.