Soviet Sci-Fi Revolutions
Thursday 30th June, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 5th July, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Tonight we explore the wide array of Russian, and Eastern European/Soviet Bloc science fiction and fantasy, over the last 100 years, and more, in relation to the Kosmos Sci-Fi film season, currently at the BFI. What do Russian, Czech and Polish sci-fi authors like the Strugatsky Brothers, Karel Capek and Stanislav Lem, have in common with their European and American counterparts? And conversely, what do they specifically bring to the multitude of ideas within the sci-fi arena, and how did the Soviet political ideology and censorship, effect these works? As well as looking at the fiction, we will also focus on some of the amazing Russian and Eastern European SF films, like Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris, and Stalker, as well as the cult films ‘Cosmic Voyage’, ‘Icarus XB1’ and ‘Planet of Storms’, amongst many others, which are also included in the BFI Kosmos season.
Hosted by James DC, with journalist/academic John Riley and Kosmos curator Rhidian Davis.
Clip : Planet of Storms (1962, Pavel Klushantsev)
Special Effects Seance
Thursday 23rd June, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 28th June, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Tonight we explore the history and science behind the special effects industry in cinema, focusing especially on their use in science fiction, fantasy and horror films. How has the predominance of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) effected the old style ‘analogue’ visual effects, of previous years, and is CGI necessarily better? How do special effects add to, or detract, from the plot, narrative, themes and aesthetics of a given film and is their overabundance in modern cinema a problem for good storytelling? We will discuss these issues and more, and look at the most iconic special effects sequences, in movie classics such as 2001, A Space Odyssey, The Thing, Jason and the Argonauts, The Matrix, plus directors like George Melies and Douglas Trumbull, to name but a few.
Hosted by James DC, with Ben Slotover and Birgit Deadly Glamour
Clip : Jason and the Argonauts (1963, Don Chaffey)
Bunuel’s Beautiful Badinage
Thursday 2nd June, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 7th June, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
The film director who brought us the exquisite dream-like imagery and surreal investigations into the subconscious in such masterpieces as the Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, Belle de Jour, Un Chien Andalou and The Exterminating Angel, is under the spotlight tonight. Luis Bunuel is an undoubted genius of cinema, and we will explore his oeuvre and his life, hoping to decrypt the bizarre symbolism and random connections of his other-wordly maps of the id.
Hosted by James DC, with Bunuel expert Simon Elmer and author Lee Hill.
Clip : Simon of the Desert (Luis Bunuel, 1965)