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Wake in Fright, Under the Skin, The Machine
The two most exciting UK cinema releases this month are placed on the opposite sides of the heat scale: Ted Kotcheff’s muggy and terrifying 70s outback thriller Wake in Fright and Jonathan Glazer’s chilly, Scottish-set sci-fi drama Under the Skin.
There are more futuristic ventures played out on the big screen, with writer/director Caradog James's slick android thriller The Machine and Terry Gilliam’s dystopian satire The Zero Theorem. Errol Morris is back with his latest documentary, The Unknown Known, about former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and we have an interview with German director Benjamin Heisenberg, whose 2010 film The Robber, about a successful marathon runner turned armed thief, finally gets a small UK release.
We continue to explore the wild world of convoluted film titles with articles on The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!, Tonite Let's All Make Love in London and The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies, plus we have a comic strip review of Stanley Kubrick's Dr Strangelove.
In features, we take a closer look at Japanese film noir pioneer Yoshitaro Nomura, who is the subject of a retrospective at the Bradford International Film Festival, and we also report back from Rotterdam and the Berlinale. In the Film Jukebox, Gazelle Twin picks her 10 favourite films, while New Puritan author Matt Thorne chooses Paul Hackett from After Hours as his filmic alter ego.■
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.
Convoluted Titles: In anticipation of the forthcoming UK cinema release of The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears, we look at film with wonderfully elaborate titles from Kinji Fukasaku’s furious yakuza drama Battles without Honour and Humanity and Andy Milligan's The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! to psychededelic freak-out movie Microscopic Liquid Subway to Oblivion and Czech time travel tale Tomorrow, I’ll Wake Up and Scold Myself with Tea, alongside features on giallo films.
Brian Yuzna and the Horror of Society: Alex Fitch talks to filmmaker Brian Yuzna about his work, from his memorable debut as producer of Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator, his underrated satire of 1980s American preppy culture, Society, and later career making sequels to several franchises, including Return of the Living Dead and Silent Night, Deadly Night.
Birmingham's brilliant Flatpack Film Festival returns for 11 days of inventive film delights, from 20 to 30 March. As always, expect a mind-stretching mix of new features, shorts and special guests, as well as avant-garde Austrian animation, a solipsistic installation, a Victorian magic lantern show, a psychedelic music night, walking tours and pop-up screenings in unexpected venues across the city.