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EMMA WESTWOOD

Writing about movies, monsters, cinematic events and other wild trips

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Fatal Visions: The Golden Age

Anyone who lasted the distance listening to me on Bill Ackerman’s Supporting Characters podcast would have heard mention of my first steps into print with Fatal Visions.

The brainchild of editor/writer/legend Michael Helms, Fatal Visions is largely unknown by cineastes outside Australia but, I would say, is definitely something that should be sought out by anyone who loves films of a less-than-commercial nature from a bygone era.

The individual editions themselves are as rare as hen’s teeth. BUT, in his infinite wisdom, Michael has released two volumes as a ‘best of’ Fatal VisionsFatal Visions: The Wonder Years (1988-1989) and Fatal Visions: The Golden Age (1990-1998). I appear in the latter book, of which you can see the back cover and a couple of insider pages below.

The feature image for this blog post is the cover of The Golden Age – Michael Helms sporting a bullet to the head (fine title for a film).

Supporting Characters: Episode 51

In an epic six-hour stretch (without a break) – from 8pm to 2am Melbourne Eastern Standard Time – I spoke with Bill Ackerman from Supporting Characters about… me.

Yes, somehow, Bill managed to take what I’ve felt was a fairly ordinary existence and dug out some extraordinary things. I hardly recognise the person in this podcast.

If you feel so inclined, you may like to have a listen to it. But I won’t be upset if you just skip ahead to get the highlights.

I would like to thank Bill for an experience I’m unlikely to repeat, as well as for his patience, kindness and time in bringing this podcast together.

Every episode is a massive effort for Bill, and I really recommend you check out some of the other episodes too. You’re likely to find some gems among the 51 episodes so far.

THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES: New DVD audio commentary

I’m pleased to be working with my partner-in-film, Lee Gambin, once again on a new blu-ray audio commentary for Kino Lorber – Francis Simon’s THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES from 1977, starring Steve Guttenberg in his debut role.

THE CHICKEN CHRONICLES joins a growing list of DVD audio commentaries that I’ve completed in recent years. So I decided it was worth dedicating a page on my website to these commentaries to give them the love they deserve. Take a look here…

Book Review: how THE FLY got its wings

Every author needs to be prepared for a bad review. Luckily for me, I got this one instead. Thank you to Niina Doherty for her kind words (and impeccable taste).

Women are Horror: an interview with me

As part of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) – in which I spoke on the Delightfully Dark panel – I was interviewed by Critics Lab participant Kate MacDonald about the relationship between women and horror.

My argument is that woman ARE horror, and I think I make a pretty good case of it, as proven by the featured image of myself accompanying this blog post.

Hell is for Hyphenates: Martin Scorsese

A monthly podcast since 2010, Hi4H is momentarily hanging up the hyphenates. How long they’ll be on hiatus, we don’t know – or even if they’ll return – but Lee and Rochelle have signed off with a humdinger of a finale, the career of Martin Scorsese.

Past guests and hosts (including my current Plato’s Cave co-host, Paul Anthony Nelson), have gathered together to contribute their various thoughts on Scorsese and his voluminous oeuvre. I make an appearance (having previous tackled Roman Polanski on Hell is for Hyphenates) where I talk about experiencing Goodfellas andCape Fear for the first time as an impressionable, young lass.

Congratulations to Rochelle and Lee for not just surviving but excelling at their commitment to fully survey cinematic auteurs as chosen by their special guests each month. I, for one, have loved being on the show.

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Monstrously Yours, Larry: An Interview by Emma Westwood

It was sad to hear Larry Cohen had died on 23rd March 2019. Thank you to Diabolique for allowing me to honour him.

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ALIEN 4K restoration screening

It’s hard to believe Ridley Scott’s transcendent sci-fi/horror classic ALIEN is now 40 years old. What a film and what a legacy.

Accordingly, I’ll be celebrating this milestone birthday with a few hundred or so of my closest friends when Tristan Jones and I introduce the special ALIEN 4K restoration screening at The Astor Theatre in St Kilda, Friday 26th April. Here’s what the folks from the Astor have to say about it:

“To celebrate 40 years of the original cinematic space nightmare, we are presenting a new 4K restoration of the original theatrical cut of ALIEN to mark its 40th anniversary. The film was restored in 4K in 2018 by 20th Century Fox at Company 3/Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, supervised by Ridley Scott and Pam Dery. The 4K scans were done at EFilm and the audio restoration was done by Audio Mechanics.

But that’s not all – in this special “Alien Day” double feature, we will be following the screening of ALIEN with the return of the rare 70mm 6-track magnetic Dolby surround sound print of ALIENS. The way this original print sounds will blow you away!

This is enough to make any ALIEN fan scream! Expect some additional surprise on the night too – and keep en eye on Duke so we don’t have to go back on the ship and get him!”

Tristan and I will have more to say about it on the night. Buy your tickets here…

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The Projection Booth’s Special Report: THE FLY

What an honour it is to be interviewed by Mike White about THE FLY for inclusion in his incredible The Projection Booth podcast!

For anyone who may be a debutante when it comes to The Projection Booth, Mike does a deep-dive dissection of cinema that, just like my book, looks at one film per episode then examines it with a panel of co-hosts (Mike being the constant). Often, this culminates in podcasts over two hours long – 3.5 hours in the case of this one.

Mike has two of the most insightful voices in today’s cinema commentary landscape, Samm Deighan and Bill Ackerman, as his co-hosts for the Special Report on THE FLY. And I step up separately to be interviewed about my book, as does Stuart Cornfeld who is the producer of THE FLY and a champion of the film.

This is a podcast that never fails to deliver to the discerning film fan. Get into it.

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