Bang Gang, Der Nachtmahr, Tag
This month sees us swept up in festival fever as the BFI London Film Festival returns with a packed programme that includes Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos’s dystopian sci-fi tale The Lobster, Alex van Warmerdam’s dark contract killer comedy Schneider vs Bax, candid French youth portrayal Bang Gang, Karyn Kusama's impressively edgy chamber drama The Invitation, disturbing Berlin teen phantasmagoria Der Nachtmahr, Spanish necrophilia thriller The Corpse of Anna Fritz, and early 20th-century suffragette films compilation Make More Noise.
We talk to Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson about their new film The Forbidden Room, which gets a special gala presentation at the LFF, while German director Sebastian Schipper discusses his stylistically virtuoso crime thriller Victoria. And we have an interview with Jeremy Saulnier who talks about his follow-up to Blue Ruin, the horrific punk chiller Green Room.
We also review Steve Oram’s iconoclastic comedy Aaaaaaaah!, Sion Sono’s supernatural school girl tale Tag and spectacular Indian epic Baahubali, all seen at L'Etrange Festival. Our Toronto coverage concludes with atmospheric teen mystery February and Alan Zweig’s new documentary Hurt, and we also report back from Venice.
Away from the festival frenzy, the Barbican presents an uncut version of Gaspar Noé’s Enter the Void as part of their ‘Head Trips: Films for the Inner Eye’ season. And in home entertainment we welcome the release of Shinya Tsukamoto’s great psychosexual exploration A Snake of June.■
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology
The End: An Electric Sheep Anthology (Strange Attractor Press) brings together Bill Morrison's chemical ghosts, 50s bad girls, apocalyptic evangelical cinema, Spanish zombies, Japanese nihilists and David Lynch's soundtracks of decay. 'Superb - a masterly accomplishment. Beautifully produced - and its content and vision could not be more accurate and timely.' - Peter Whitehead. Read the reviews.
To tie in with his eagerly awaited showcase at the BFI in Sept/Oct 2015, we celebrate the 'Pope of Trash' with a special focus on his work, including Waters answer to the great 1950s melodramas, Polyester, the diva biopic Female Trouble, and his notorious Pink Flamingos, alongside an interview with the great man himself and more.
Enjoy a 2-4-1 ticket offer on all events in the BFI's John Waters season by simply quoting Waters241 online, in person or over the phone 020 7928 3232. For full programme info and to book tickets online, visit the BFI website
The Electric Sheep Film Show September 2015
Virginie Sélavy and Alex Fitch preview the London Film Festival and talk to filmmaker Prano Bailey-Bond about her short film NASTY and Sight & Sound production editor Isabel Stevens about the new Female Gaze issue of the magazine. Plus an interview with Guy Maddin on his latest film The Fobidden Room; and an extract from William Fowler’s recent lecture on guerrilla filmmaker Antony Balch at the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London. The Electric Sheep Film Show is on every third Wednesday of the month, 8-9pm at Resonance FM 104.4. Next date: Wednesday 21 October 2015.
Satanic Panic: Pop Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s
On Thursday 8 October 2015, the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London is back at the Horse Hospital for the second lecture in this autumn season. This time Kier-La Janisse, David Flint and Gavin Baddeley discuss the 'Satanic Panic' phenomenon of the 1980s and launch their new book on the subject.
Tickets are now on sale at wegottickets.com £10 advance / £8 concs / £11 on the door.
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