Thursday, 8 October 2015

Art of Burning Man

Check out this great video featuring music by William Orbit and narrated by Kevin Spacey

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

The Shaky Kane Home Movie

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

Ben Eshmade talks to ADF's Steve Chandra Savale about re-scoring THX 1138

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.

THX 1138 Movie Poster by Martin Ansin.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

It's Not a Bird!

It's Not a Plane! It's Supergirl! In the new drama from the world of DC Comics, Superman's cousin, Kara Zor-El, embraces her superhuman abilities, this Autumn from CBS.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Supergirl for TV

Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist, was ordered by CBS yesterday for the upcoming 2015-2016 season.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

RIP Brett Ewins

A very sad day for comics and to those who knew him. RIP Brett Ewins, seen here alongside Jamie Hewlett (right) in the original Deadline magazine office, London 1988.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Moon Zero Two

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!

John Tomlinson

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Ellie Rose at The Islington

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.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

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