Saturday evening found me back at the Two Towers Brewery, but for once it was not the Birmingham Horror Group which drew me there but Czech Club Birmingham, which had invited me to introduce a screening of the 1977 time travel comedy Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem (aka Tomorrow I’ll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea). You can see the footage on YouTube, though it would have been nice to have the use of a real time machine to fix my comment that Josef Nesvadba was born in 1912 (it was actually 1926, a year he shared with the first true science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories).
I’ve become somewhat of a regular fixture on Made in Birmingham TV of late, and Saturday saw my fifth report in a row for Birmingham News Weekend Magazine. The first two focussed upon the recent Blue Orange Theatre production of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the next two featured extracts from Adam Nevill’s appearance at the Birmingham Horror Group, and the latest concerned a local pub being honoured by Birmingham CAMRA. In due course, all five will be available via YouTube.
Back in the autumn of 1993, I made several appearances on The Way Out, broadcast live on BBC Radio 5 each Friday night from Birmingham’s famous Pebble Mill studios. Shortly afterwards, Radio 5 was re-engineered beyond all recognition into 5 Live, ending my blossoming career as the show’s resident horror and science fiction pundit, whilst the studios were closed in 2004 and demolished the following year.
The extended version of my report from the recent Grindhouse Planet Film Festival in Leicester is now available online via Ghostwords TV’s YouTube channel. Running more than eight minutes, it includes an extended chat with organiser Marc Hamill and an additional interview with Liam Banks, winner of the event’s 48-hour movie challenge.
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.
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.
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.
For those who recall our pre-Xmas announcement, Chrissie’s and my plans for Ghostwords TV continue apace. We’ve managed to pull together the equipment we need for the initial launch, dressed the ‘set’ (aka the upstairs bedroom Chrissie uses as an office, the same function it had when I first freelanced back in the early ’90s) and filmed a couple of brief tests. We’re probably a couple of weeks away from releasing our first episode, but would strongly suggest anyone who wants to catch the show from the get-go should immediately subscribe to our YouTube channel.
As one year draws to a close, whilst another waits in the wings, might I just mention the new Ghostwords TV project Chrissie Harper and I are collaborating upon, a fortnightly vidcast devoted to the horrific and darkly fantastic?