Krazy Kips and Slumberland Shenanigans
Thursday 25th August, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) repeated on Tuesday 30th August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Hosted by James DC, with sequential strips academic Roger Sabin and comic book expert Guy Lawley
Tonight we explore the era of early 20th century comic strips, and focus especially on two of the most influential and legendary newspaper strips of all time, both proto-Surrealist and essentially fantastic. Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Winsor McCay, ran from 1905 and delineated the adventures of a little boy whose night time dreams broke boundaries of narrative fiction and drew upon potent subconscious imagery, all drawn with consummate draughtsmanship and beautiful rendering. Krazy Kat was one of the most successful strips ever, running every day for 31 years, from 1913 onwards. In another bizarre, ever-shifting dream-like world, the love triangle relationship between Krazy Kat, Ignatz Mouse, and Offissa Pupp delivers wry humour, strange adventures and emotional nuance, all couched within part-Joycean gobbledygook. We will place these seminal strips within their historical context and analyse their abiding themes and subtexts, as well as their creators impulses and drives.
Clip : Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend : The Pet (Winsor McCay, 1921)
Cognitive Catastrophes and Infinite Illusions
Thursday 18th August, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) repeated on Tuesday 23rd August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Hosted by James DC, with author Simon Ings and Polish literature expert Adrian Nairda.
To coincide with the 80th anniversary of his birth, and an upcoming celebration at the British Library, today we take a tour of Polish writer Stanislaw Lem and his wonderful science fiction. From the more well known classics like Solaris (1961), The Cyberiad (1965) and The Star Diaries (1954-1971) to some of his lesser known works like The Invincible (1964) and Imaginary Magnitude (1973) we will discuss the abiding themes and ideas of Lem’s work. Lem took a radical approach to the idea of ‘First Contact’ with aliens, as well as combining countless other scientific and philosophical investigations into his often satirical stories of outer space exploration and future technologies, the foremost of which was a fascination with artificial intelligence and how it relates to human consciousness. We will also take a wider appreciation of Polish and Russian science fiction, as well as the film adaptations of Lem’s work, including Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris (1972)
Clip : Solaris (Nikolai Nirenburg, 1968)
Scala Fanatics and Underground Addicts
Thursday 11th August, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com) repeated on Tuesday 16th August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Hosted by James DC, with cult film experts Ben Hell, Mark Stafford and Justin Harries
To coincide with the fabulous, London-based film festival Scala Forever, tonight we take a timely reminder of just how great the golden age of repertory cinema in the UK used to be, focusing especially on the heyday of the legendary hub of underground, cult, independent and arthouse cinema, The Scala, in Kings Cross, London, until it’s ill fated closure in 1993. As well as discussing the problems of seeing ‘alternative’ films at the cinema, in the current age of the multiplex blockbuster, we will remember our own fond memories of frequenting the Scala, as well as the assortment of amazing cult films that were shown there, and at other subversive ‘flea-pits’, in London, and the UK, in the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. We will also discuss the upcoming Scala Forever film festival, and highlight some of the wonderful films coming up. Go to http://www.scalaforever.co.uk for more info.
Clip : Female Trouble (1974, John Waters)
Cinematic Convulsions in the ‘Bunka’
Thursday 4th August, 2011, 7 – 8pm (BST) on Resonance 104.4FM (www.resonancefm.com), repeated on Tuesday 9th August, 1pm, with podcasts to follow.
Hosted by James DC, with film curators Julian Ross, and Go Hirasawa
Tonight we take a look at the avant garde and experimental films produced by the revolutionary Arts Theatre Guild of Japan, and others, from the 1960’s to the late 80’s, in conjunction with ‘Shinjuku Diaries : Films from The Arts Theatre Guild Japan’ film season running throughout August at the BFI Southbank in London. Fom the early ‘Japanese New Wave’ films of masters like Nagisa Oshima and Shohei Imamura, to counter-cultural masterpieces like Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969), which was one of the first Japanese films to openly deal with transexualism and the Japanese gay scene. Plus the surreal, threatening other-worlds of the sci-fi infused films of Hiroshi Teshigahara, with classics like Pitfall (1962), Woman in the Dunes (1964) and The Face of Another (1966), amongst many others. James DC will be talking with ‘Shinjuku Diaries…’ co-curators Julian Ross and Go Hirasawa.
Clip : The Face of Another trailer (1966, Hiroshi Teshigahara)