Check out this great video featuring music by William Orbit and narrated by Kevin Spacey
Thursday, 8 October 2015
Monday, 22 June 2015
Asian Dub Foundation's live rescore to THX1138 at The Barbican on Friday night was awesome, and I also managed to get some shots backstage. Here's one of ADF's Steve Chandra Savale AKA Chandrasonic with legendary Sound Designer Walter Murch, who also co-wrote the film with George Lucas. With more performances already lined up, stay tuned for info.
Here's an extract from ADF's live rescore to George Lucas' THX 1138 as performed 19.6.2015
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Yesterday I was backing up files on my trusty Mac and I came across a short film that I'd made in 2011, during the public holiday that was William & Kate's Royal wedding. It was to be the follow up to Shaky Kane Unravelled, but somehow I didn't like the way I'd edited it. I was going to fix it and then all of a sudden 4 years had slipped by. Anyhow, I started watching it last night and it made me laugh, so I thought maybe I should just forget about the flaws and put it up online anyhow. So, here it is. A short film about the great Shaky Kane in his own habitat in Exeter, Devon, UK. Enjoy.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
In Ben's June contemporary music podcast he takes a closer look at two Live Music & Film events.
Asian Dub Foundation guitarist Steve Savale talks about re-scoring George Lucas's directorial debut THX 1138 - a chilling dystopian fantasy set in a post-apocalyptic future - and the film's terrifying parallels with contemporary society.
Live Live Cinema's Leon Radojkovic unravels the New Zealand company's reimagining of Roger Corman's original 1960s cult classic Little Shop of Horror Film.
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Thursday, 14 May 2015
Friday, 8 May 2015
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Sunday, 15 February 2015
A few weeks ago, John Tomlinson sent me some text and pictures about a film that I'd completely forgotten about, so I'm posting it now. I've been a bit slack with Oranges lately, and I apologise for that, but sometimes life gets in the way. Take it away John...
I first saw Moon Zero Two at a school film society night, but time hasn't dimmed its infinite dumbness. It was billed as the first moon western, and they weren't kidding. On an airless moon, in pressurised lunar modules, moon buggies and a domed moonbase, everyone carries 19th century six-shooters. I got it on DVD for Christmas and it's since become the only movie my girlfriend has ever yelled at me for watching. But for some inexplicable reason I still love it. Its an ill-conceived and misshapen beast, like Gerry Anderson meets Carry On Up The Kubrick. With his gleaming lunar dome, James Olson (who later made at least one good SF film, The Andromeda Strain) is odd casting as the hero. Although not nearly as weird as Warren (Alf Garnett) Mitchell as dastardly villain J.J. Hubbard. We don't learn much about Hubbard, which is just as well, or his crummy Russian accent would have taken a lot of explaining. On the upside, Catherine Schell (later in Space: 1999) is gorgeous as the love interest.
It's incredible to think that Moon Zero Two was made a year AFTER 2001: A Space Odyssey, the same year (1969) as the first real lunar landing. Director Roy Ward Baker (Quatermass and the Pit, Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde among others) should have been bundled out of the premiere under a blanket, and D.W. Griffith and George Méliès would have had a good laugh about the effects before dismissing them as not up to 1915 standards. In other words it's great!
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
I saw a terrific performance with some great new songs by Ellie Rose and her band last night at The Islington in London. Here are some of the shots I took. For more about Ellie, check my (much) earlier blog post here.