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EMMA WESTWOOD

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

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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MIDAS RUN: New DVD audio commentary

Lee Gambin and I have been privileged to record a DVD audio commentary for Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray release of Alf Kjellin’s comedy heist caper, MIDAS RUN (1968),

As we’ve come to expect from Kino Lorber, this is a pristine release, a brand new HD master created from a 4K scan of the original negative.

Lee and I had SO MUCH fun putting this down on tape, especially given the quality of the cast – Richard Crenna, Anne Heywood, Fred Astaire, Ralph Richardson, Cesar Romero and more. We could have talked for hours!

MIDAS RUN is released on 21st May 2019.

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17th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards

I have super exciting news – I’ve been nominated for a Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award for Best Commentary with my creative brother, Lee Gambin, for our DVD commentary on William Castle’s STRAIT-JACKET, which appears on Indicator’s Vol. 2 release of William Castle films. Such news deserves an exclamation mark!

This is my first time being nominated, and a huge honour, especially given the esteemed competition in the same category (Kim Newman, Tim Lucas, Bill Ackerman, Samm Deighan, Kat Ellinger, Amanda Reyes, etc). My head is spinning like Linda Blair’s, to say the least.

Given these awards are decided on popular vote, I’d love it if you’d support me with yours. All you have to do is send an email to taraco@aol.com before 20th April 2019, and specify your Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards votes:

BEST COMMENTARY:
Lee Gambin, Emma Westwood: STRAIT-JACKET (Indicator)

If you feel like providing even further support, please also vote for the box set in which our STRAIT-JACKET commentary appears:

BEST BOX SET:
WILLIAM CASTLE AT COLUMBIA: Volume One, Two: Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal, Mr. Sardonicus; Zotz!; 13 Frightened Girls; Old Dark House; Strait-Jacket (Indicator)

And Cinemaniacs’ glorious book on Scarecrows in which I have written two pieces on JEEPERS CREEPERS:

BOOK OF THE YEAR:
IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN: Scarecrows in Film and TV, edited by Lee Gambin (Cinemaniacs, softcover, 242 pages, $21.50). Essays that go far beyond Oz.

~ Thanking you, Emma

Interview by A Fiend on Film

Dave K (aka. A Fiend on Film) and I met through Twitter some time back where we shared a meeting of the minds due to our a mutual love of cinema and, in particular, the films of David Cronenberg (download his House of Skin fanzine, in which my writing on Cronenberg’s From the Drain short was included). So I was thrilled when he asked to interview me about THE FLY to run on his blog. Here’s how it panned out…

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Delightfully Dark – MWFF panel discussion

This Saturday 23rd February, I’ll be joining four other women – Susie Porter, Donna McRae, Alison Adriano and Janice Loreck (moderator) – for a panel discussion as part of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF), exquisitely titled Delightfully Dark.

But why Delightfully Dark, you might ask?

Because we’re tackling the subject of (delightful) women in filmmaking, particularly those who venture into weird, transgressive and extreme cinema. What does the dark side look like for women creatives? And can it be empowering to depict darkness onscreen?

It all takes place at ACMI, 12.30pm. Please come along and don’t be afraid to say ‘hello darkness, my old friend.’

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The do-over fantasy

Film critic extraordinaire Stephen A. Russell let me bang on about the recent trend in time-loop entertainment in his article for The New Daily published on 15th February 2019 called ‘The do-over fantasy: Netflix’s Russian Doll and Happy Death Day 2U’.

It was nice to appear on the roster again with my former Inpress compadre and film reviewer, Craig Mathieson, who now runs the website BINGE-R, among other things.

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Insect Politics: An Interview about THE FLY

When I started writing my book on THE FLY, Rathan Krueger asked if he could do a preliminary interview with me for Daily Grindhouse. I said yes, and the resulting interview was so much fun, I had no problems agreeing to a follow-up interview with Rathan for DG upon the release of the book.

And here it is…

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Science Fiction Theatre

Science Fiction Theatre in the UK is a monthly film club dedicated to the exploration and celebration of classic science fiction cinema.

Launched in 2013, SFT has hosted over 50 events at different venues across London. Its founder, Graham Ainsley, decided that was a bloody good reason to produce a book so, accordingly, he assembled a team of writers and graphic designers to run through the first 50 films, accompanied by original poster art for each one.

I was lucky to write about this beauty…

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Cinemaniacs’ 2nd film festival – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective

Following the success of their inaugural film festival in January 2018, ‘You’re a vile sorry bitch’ – A Celebration of Hagsploitation!, Melbourne’s premier film retrospective collective, Cinemaniacs, is going full horror with a tribute to the late, great iconoclast, Tobe Hooper.

Beginning with his groundbreaking debut feature film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), the festival will survey seminal Hooper moments, including two films that I’m excited to be introducing – Eaten Alive (1976) and The Funhouse (1981). Lee Gambin, Sally Christie, John Harrison, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Angela Ndalianis are the other venerable speakers who will be fleshing out his career.

My family’s always been in meat’ – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective takes place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, Backlot Studios, Melbourne, and the programme looks something like this:

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