Rather shockingly, it’s been three months since
my last confession my most recent posting here, during which time Monsters premiered at Leicester’s third Grindhouse Planet Film Festival and The Forbidden Lady appeared as an extra on Arrow Video’s release of Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion. Chrissie and I went down to London just before Xmas to meet up with my old friend Norman J Warren (photo below), who’s busy supervising the 2K remastering of his back catalogue, but other than that, neither of us have exactly been caught up in the social whirl. If social media has indeed replaced old-fashioned face-to-face interaction, it’s a rather dull and uninspiring substitute for the energetic pub gatherings and rambling early-hours conversations I used to enjoy so much back in the final quarter of the Twentieth Century.
Arrow Video will be releasing the new Blu-ray edition of The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion on 14 January 2019. As previously mentioned, the extras include The Forbidden Lady, featuring footage from my 2016 conversation with the movie’s star, Dagmar Lassander.
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 Video 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.
One bonus of interviewing Dagmar Lassander was presenting her with one of the Society of Fantastic Films’ special awards for services to the genre. The statuette is loosely modelled upon the Maria robot from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.
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.