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Blog, Memoir Ann Robinson, Festival of Fantastic Films, Gene Barry, H G Wells, Manchester, Sylvia Van Buren, The Dark Side, The War of the Worlds
04/13/2018 Steve Green Add Comment
Ann Robinson has the distinction of having appeared in three separate iterations of Wells’ The War of the Worlds: the classic 1953 movie, the 1980s tv spin-off (recreating her role as Sylvia Van Buren) and the 2005 remake (in an unrelated cameo alongside her 1953 co-star, Gene Barry). We met at the 1995 Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester, which I was covering for The Dark Side.
Blog, Memoir Ann Green, Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Festival of Fantastic Films, Grindhouse, Lucio Fulci, Manchester, The Beyond
01/14/2018 Steve Green Comments Closed
Sometimes, a great opportunity comes along and you just have to wing it. I met the lovely Catriona MacColl on the first day of the 1996 Festival of Fantastic Films in Manchester, and we hit it off quite well. The great thing about this particular event is that the guests and members mix freely, most often around the bar, and there’s a level of casual intimacy you could never get at one of those massive autograph fairs.
That encounter proved rather helpful the following afternoon, when the festival chair approached me in somewhat of a fluster and asked if I could fill in as on-stage interviewer for David Warbeck, as the original host hadn’t turned up (I knew the person in question and later ascertained he’d never actually agreed to attend). Much as I disliked taking over without my usual investment in research, I figured it would be fun, so headed downstairs to meet David, at which point I discovered (a) he was fresh out of hospital following a vicious attack at his home, (b) was still feeling extremely frail and (c) would rather not be there. Thankfully, Catriona, who co-starred with David in Fulci’s The Beyond, was on hand to reassure him I was “one of the good guys” (award-standard acting, there) and the tension ebbed away. As it turned out, David was one of those interviewees who was a breeze to work with; I simply steered our conversation along as and when needed, occasionally pointing him towards the films I knew the audience was particularly interested in hearing about.
In retrospect, David’s frailty might have been exacerbated by the cancer which would take him from us the following July, aged just 55 (I’m not sure if he was aware of it at the time we met). Sadly, I didn’t have a chance to record the interview and so produce a version for publication, although the organisers did later release an edited video, parts of which appeared as an extra on Grindhouse’s 2016 Blu-ray release of The Beyond.
Photos by Ann Green
Blog, News Anouska Hempel, Chrissie Harper, Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Dinah Sheridan, Festival of Fantastic Films, George Lazenby, Harvey Weinstein, Ian McShane, In Conversation With, Jenny Hanley, Jonathan Rigby, Manchester, Peter Sellers, Peter Walker, Roddy McDowall, Roger Moore, Roy Boulting, Roy Ward Baker, The Dark Side, Tony Curtis
10/22/2017 Steve Green Comments Closed
Tut tut, I neglected to mention here that the two episodes of our series In Conversation With filmed in Manchester last October are now both available to view on YouTube: Jenny Hanley and Jonathan Rigby. Chrissie and I hope to shoot the fourth episode next weekend.
Meanwhile, extracts from my on-stage interview with Jenny earlier that day should appear in the next issue of The Dark Side, due out 15 February. Those mentioned include Christopher Lee, Roy Ward Baker, Dennis Waterman, Anouska Hempel, Peter Walker, Roy Boulting, Peter Sellers, Roger Moore, Tony Curtis, Roddy McDowall, Ian McShane, George Lazenby, Harvey Weinstein and her mother, Dinah Sheridan.
Blog, News Chrissie Harper, Festival of Fantastic Films, Jenny Hanley, Jonathan Rigby, Manchester, The Dark Side
12/15/2016 Steve Green Comments Closed
Went up to Manchester yesterday, to interview Jenny Hanley and Jonathan Rigby for the 28th Festival of Fantastic Films. Both guests and audience seemed to have a great time, and my conversation with Jenny was recorded for use in a future issue of the The Dark Side. The photographs above were taken by Chrissie Harper. (No, I wasn’t kneeling next to Jonathan; he’s just really tall.)
News Big Centre TV, Chrissie Harper, Edith Scob, Festival of Fantastic Films, Grindhouse Planet Film Festival, Made In Birmingham TV, Marc Hamill, Norman J Warren, YouTube
11/19/2016 Steve Green Comments Closed
Rose of Eibon’s YouTube channel has been further updated to include my first three appearances on Made In Birmingham TV, successor to Big Centre TV. These comprise interviews with actress Edith Scob (12 November), movie director Norman J Warren (3 December) and film-maker turned festival organiser Marc Hamill (10 December). An extended version of the last of these is currently in the works.
News Adam Nevill, Birmingham, Dagmar Lassander, Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester, Pan Macmillan, Under a Watchful Eye, Waterstones
11/01/2016 Steve Green Comments Closed
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.
News Big Centre TV, Chrissie Harper, Dagmar Lassander, Edith Scob, Eyes Without a Face, Festival of Fantastic Films, Les Yeux Sans Visage, Made In Birmingham TV, Made TV, YouTube
10/30/2016 Steve Green Comments Closed
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.
News Alan Jones, Big Centre TV, Chrissie Harper, Dagmar Lassander, Festival of Fantastic Films, Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, FrightFest, Fritz Lang, Ghostwords TV, Good Morning, Metropolis, Society of Fantastic Films International Award, The Black Cat, The Dark Side, The Frightened Woman
10/26/2016 Steve Green Comments Closed
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.
News Chrissie Harper, Dagmar Lassander, Festival of Fantastic Films, Ghostwords TV, John Carpenter, Manchester, The Dark Side
02/19/2016 Steve Green Comments Closed
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.
Interviews & Profiles, Memoir Ann Green, Chrissie Harper, Festival of Fantastic Films, Ghostwords TV, Heloise Tudor, John Landis, Norman J Warren, Satan's Slave, SFX, Terror
[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.