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|Posted on September 15, 2014 at 5:25 PM|
I am so excited right now to be planning my upcoming trip to Hollywood/Los Angeles for pre-production on the Our Munster Memories documentary.
Not only is the film going to pay homage to America's First Family of Fright and its fans, but we shall be reuniting the original cast, crew and producers of both The Munsters and it's hit late 80's colour revival "The Munsters Today".
Who would have thought all those years ago as a kid growing up watching reruns of my favourite TV family I'd one day actually get the chance to meet the Munsters!
Contributors to the historic documentary film include John Schuck, Butch Patrick, Lee Meriwether, Jason Marsden, Hilary Van Dyke and Debbie Watson - as well as cast from Supernatural and NBC's Munster-riffic re-imagining Mockingbird Lane.
|Posted on September 2, 2014 at 2:45 PM|
With thousands of screenings throughout the month of September, the annual UK Scalarama season celebrates world cinema with mainstream cinemas, pop-up screenings, pubs, cafes, venues and even boats engaging audiences for a celebration of film.
With titles chosen by those of all fashions, fancies and merits - film from the sublime to the ridiculous are screened, with an open invitation for all ages (check listings for appropriate screenings) to join in on the sharing, caring, passion and review of cinema.
This year BAD PONY MEDIA will celebrate Scalarama with an screening of George Romero's classic NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as well as a hand picked chosen few classic film and TV shows from throughout the years 1950's to present, including THE MUNSTERS and THE ADDAMS FAMILY. Perfect to get us ready for Halloween next month! Also on the agenda will be shorts from local indie film-makers including Cumbernauld based HOMEDY AND CORROR PRODUCTIONS as well as a sneak peek of what movie fans can expect from the soon-to-launch new Scottish Braw TV channel next year. It really couldn't be more exciting!
Join us for food and drinks at The Avenue in Bishopbriggs, G64 from 8pm this Saturday. Tickets are available from the venue, or by emailing theproducers(@)badponymediagroup.co.uk. Our CEO's Frank McGowan and Michelle Martin shall additionally be hosting their own VIP "Home Cinema Day" on Sunday for those who have worked with us 2013-2014. Please RSVP quickly to avoid disappointment as spaces are limited.
Our pop-up cinema experience this year comes courtesy of Joe Thompson, events sponsored by UNITED INTERNATIONAL CHAUFFEURS and BRITISH FILM MAKERS ALLIANCE.
Find out more about SCALARAMA, read the 'Scala Manifesto' and plan your own "Home Cinema Day" and check out local events in your town or city at www.scalarama.com.
Scalarama began in 2011 as a tribute to the Scala Cinema in London's King's Cross. Influential in its attitude and contribution to cinema, it celebrated film of all forms from high art to trash, shasher and animation. The Scala officially closed in 1993.
|Posted on June 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM|
The sad news today of Rik Mayall's sudden death has shocked us all right across the entertainment industry.
He was a man of never-ending energy and enthusiasm, but most of all a man with a real passion for his craft and enjoying life no matter what it threw at you. A laugh, a smile, these are such a powerful things, and when experienced in just the right moment can change a person's day for the better, even in some cases making a difference to them for their entire life.
And never has that been more true than right now as I recollect meeting Rik Mayall and his lovely wife Barbara as a kid in the hall at BBC Scotland in Glasgow.
I was lucky enough to literally just "bump into them". I think they may have been doing a talk show (?), or a reading for something for radio (?). There were lots of hurried people rushing around, things weren't going according to plan I assume now, but Rik and his wife were calm and smiling and waiting on someone to give them the cue that things were good to go.
And in wandered me (probably covered in chocolate)... I was lost, having of course somehow wandered off from my group. I must have looked really upset, as Rik made a funny face and asked me if I was lost and was with anybody. I made the obligatory comment of "I know you from the tele", to which he laughed and said "yes, I do the odd bit of that now and then". Both Rik and his wife were so nice to me (despite my endless questions about "television") and to this day I'll remember Rik saying with a slight smile, "you've got to laugh, even when you maybe shouldn't" and making a silly face to one of the interns who wondered who the hell I was and why I was there near the recording room.
He never knew it (or maybe he did) but at the time I was actually feeling really down as I was being picked on by some of the bigger kids at school who were with us. For some reason I started telling Rik about it and he said "don't let them take a smile away from you. That's yours. Yours alone."
A few minutes later I was back with my group. A wave and another silly face left me smiling again, and that smile didn't really ever go away. What he said really resonated.
It goes without saying that one of my favourite films as a kid growing up was of course "Drop Dead Fred". Overall I was fascinated by how Rik's unique brand of humor utilised an expressive mix of vulgarity and innocence that was somehow together enchanting where each on its own might not have been from anyone else or standalone. As I watched him on screen, I remembered that day and smiled remembering his goofy face and silly gestures behind the intern who knew none the wise.
And honestly since then, any time I'm feeling down I'd watch 'Drop Dead Fred'. Needless to say I've watched it over and over again over the years, probably more times that I realise. The DVD still now and again goes in the machine - I'd recently lost my dog of 19 years and 'Drop Dead Fred' was the one I immediately thought of. Just now I looked it out, and actually going through my boxes came across my actual original VHS tape from when I was a kid.
Albeit that I met Rik Mayall BEFORE I saw the film, it was an absolute joy to spend that little bit of time with him. I was just a kid who he'd randomly said hello to, but what a really special moment that was for me, one which I'll always treasure and always remember.
Rik found comedy in every second, and in every movement. And we should too.
So, thank you Rik...from the kid you met in the hall that day at BBC Scotland all those years ago.
|Posted on May 5, 2014 at 9:30 AM|
It's kinda telling right now that a lot of male celebs are snapping and sharing almost naked or very suggestive selfies to get attention from media agencies on Twitter. My PR agent actually suggested this to me this morning to "get attention" for an upcoming project - but my feeling is you will never change the world just by taking your shirt off.
So come on lads, do something spirited, positive or creative then we'll talk... Feel free of course to post any shirtless pics AFTER the fact.
And could I be convinced to post a shirtless selfie? Maybe... : P
|Posted on April 4, 2014 at 7:15 PM|
It was a rare treat to be invited along to see the debut performance of Mirrored Production's 'In The Dark' - a truly thought provoking piece of physical theatre produced by five BA Hons students - who coming together for their final year project wrote, developed and delivered something special that captivated its audience with each carefully crafted movement.
Without doubt one the most imoressive performances I've had the privilege to see recently in Scotland, the emotionally tumultuous 'In The Dark' delivered a powerful message of how the daily anxieties of the modern student lifestyle - peer pressure, money worries and stress from the sheer weight of academia and academic expectations can lead to mental health concerns, and that mental health issues don't display themselves in the standard over caricatured wrapping like they do in the movies.
These students - Joe (Steven Lambie), Abi (Rowan McDougall), Bell (Stephanie Muirhead), Jack (David Forrest)and Rachel (Megan Hilstones) are popular, trendy, good looking - and seemingly in control. However, you cannot judge a book by its cover.
We are cleverly given a snapshots from the lives of our five "typical" students, each struggling with their own moments of fragment and darkness.
Leaving the room certainly more informed and emotionally charged that I was when I entered, I united with the mixed age audience and rose to give standing ovation, which was not only well deserved but a shining expression of how stigma surrounding mental health and its stereotypes are changing as well as the depiction of mental health itself - and how we as a society we chose to approach it in our everyday language and in the media.
It was clear to see, feel and hear the passion from these students in their emotionally explorative performances, and I feel this is most certainly only the beginning.
Follow 'In The Dark' and Mirrored Productions on Twitter @mirroredp, or search "Mirrored Productions" on Facebook. Also, be sure to check out Choose Life and the fantastic work they do in Scotland to prevent teenage suicide - www.chooselife.net.
If you or someone you know is experiecing thoughts of depression, anxiety or suecide, call Breathing Space now on 0800 838 587.