As the festive season descends, I feel it necessary to warn people that I’m locking myself in the ‘laboratory’ for a period of time while I work on a ‘secret’ writing project that needs to be hatched before the end of January.
This means my social life will be significantly curbed, except for the occasional seasonal gathering and media screening. After all, I don’t want to be a complete Xmas Grinch!
To my friends, please understand that my refusal of any social shenanigans is simply because, if I don’t be careful, I will go INSANE. And, I also risk being lynched by Jez Conolly, who is a very scary man indeed.
Looking forward to birthing this baby and announcing it to the world. Much love in classic cinema and writing…
Directed by Clive Donner, WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT? is a rollicking, swinging ’60s slapstick jive with an awe-inspiring ensemble cast of Peter O’Toole, Peter Sellars, Paula Prentiss, Capucine, Romy Schneider, Woody Allen and Ursula Andress.
Get your Bacharach on!
I’m going to be appearing on a panel at Fangoria x Monster Fest 2019, which means I get to hang out with some of my favourite people (Sally Christie, John Harrison & Michael Helms) and discuss how we stumbled into the film criticism and film programming business, and the realities of our ‘glamorous’ lifestyle.
Come along and hang with us – it’s free!
Few films send shivers down the spine in the same way as DELIVERANCE (1972) so it was an honour to introduce the Cinemaniacs’ screening of DELIVERANCE on Saturday 12th October at Backlot Studios in Melbourne, Australia.
Here’s the evidence…
Want to know more about the event? Visit the Cinemaniacs’ website and start a curated journey into cinema history…
It was International Women’s Day on 8th March 2019.
Programming and Content Manager at Triple R, Bec Hornsby, asked Cerise Howard and I from Plato’s Cave, and Megan McKeough from Zero-G, to talk about anything we wanted to talk about. So we chatted about women in film and we introduced our hour-long broadcast with the Duran Duran song, ‘Girls on Film’ (my personal highlight of the show).
One of the things we discussed was early women filmmakers, which meant the subject of Alice Guy-Blaché came up – one of (if not) the most criminally forgotten people in cinema. In talking about Alice, we were able to determine that cinema is not an industry that is new to female practitioners; it is one that was built by female practitioners. Somewhere along the way, the money men pushed the women out.
We owe a lot to Alice Guy-Blaché. Worship her.
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 Visions – Fatal 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).
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.
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…