A century of horror films – 12 of the best
Film / Horror

A century of horror films – 12 of the best

Wondering which horror films to feast on this Halloween (or any other time)? Pete Appleyard, a film editor, horror enthusiast, and lecturer at London’s MetFilm School, has put together his recommendations spanning the last 100 years. See if you agree. Nosferatu – 1922This early, unofficial adaptation of Dracula by F.W Murnau still holds every bit … Continue reading

Short films project finds success in competitions
Comedy / Film / Horror / Music / Romance / Science fiction / Writing

Short films project finds success in competitions

A series of short screenplays, known as The Annalium Project (featured in this blog earlier this year), has been finding success in international competitions.  The project’s creator (my pal) Robert Lancey had been hoping to have started filming the first film ‘Sssss’ by now, but the continuing COVID-19 pandemic has kept that on hold until … Continue reading

‘Visions of Beulah’ – short film explores reality and meaning
Film / Writing

‘Visions of Beulah’ – short film explores reality and meaning

When artist Mari reveals to her PhD student boyfriend that she can hear his thoughts, he decides he must think in images to maintain balance. As he opens himself up to imagination and memory, his world loses its characteristic rationale. That’s the intriguing premise of the forthcoming short film by Thomas Riordan, Visions of Beulah. Continue reading

Inventive touches for a new video on the ‘Magic’ of love
Film / Lyrics / Music / R&B / Songwriting / Soul

Inventive touches for a new video on the ‘Magic’ of love

The latest R&B video from my transatlantic friends and near-namesakes at True Weltch Media was recently released (or ‘dropped’ as I need to start saying). Magic is a romantic song, featuring a trio of New Jersey artists – two of whom I’ve featured before, Jo Rivers and Mytus, along with Raq, all from the city … Continue reading

Festivals link up for lockdown online
Comedy / Film / Music / R&B / Wales

Festivals link up for lockdown online

Four of Wales’ best-loved festivals have joined forces in lockdown to create Gŵyl 2021, a free, online festival of music and comedy. The best of Festival of Voice, FOCUS Wales, Other Voices Cardigan, and Aberystwyth Comedy Festival have been captured over recent months in Wales and internationally within coronavirus guidelines, to create an event which will be available across the UK at http://www.bbc.co.uk/gwyl2021Continue reading

Interacting with horror: ‘I Saw Black Clouds’
Film / Horror

Interacting with horror: ‘I Saw Black Clouds’

The idea of ‘interacting’ with a horror film isn’t new – famous examples include the ‘punishment poll’ in William Castle’s Mr Sardonicus (1961) and the ‘werewolf break’ in The Beast Must Die (1974). But these days, things are much, much more sophisticated, as the forthcoming British horror I Saw Black Clouds shows. This latest offering … Continue reading

Over the forest and into adventure – Annalium goes online
Comedy / Film / Horror / Romance / Science fiction / Writing

Over the forest and into adventure – Annalium goes online

An intriguing series of short, dialogue-free screenplays, has now gone online. Annalium is the work of Cardiff-based writer (and my pal) Robert Lancey, who has created a website to showcase the screenplays and their potential to be realised on screen. Each opens with a flight over a forest, and then a descent through the treetops … Continue reading

Arrr! Long John Silver and Dracula’s innkeeper went to my old school
Comedy / Drama / Film / Horror / Television

Arrr! Long John Silver and Dracula’s innkeeper went to my old school

I was delighted to discover recently that two great West Country actors went to my old school. Robert Newton, who played the archetypal Long John Silver (and arguably originated the ‘pirate accent’) and George Woodbridge, the classic Hammer horror innkeeper and comedy policeman, were both students of Exeter School in Devon. Newton, born in Dorset … Continue reading