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TALES OF A TEENAGE MOD

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TALES OF A TEENAGE MOD

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Sunday, 15 January 2012 13:28

The Magic Christian - Sellers & Starr's Cult Film

Written by Darrell Buxton


During the current clamour to re-appraise everything from the British sex comedy to the career of Sid James. There is one area of home-grown cinema which has remained neglected by the Sight And Sound, Ross Brothers and the Reynolds & Hearn axis. Namely the school of savage sub-Bunuelian satire which ran from about 1968-73. Lindsay Andersons vigo-influenced If, advocated teenage rebellion in a post-Paris riots culture, Peter Medaks’ The Ruling Class depicted the House Of Lords as a place literally filled with skeletons, rotting corpses and zombies, and Kevin Billingtons’ The Rise And Rise Of Michael Rimmer gave us Tony Blair 25 years before the event.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:43

Barney Platts Mills– From Whitechapel to Casablanca

Written by Paolo Sedazzari
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Those who have seen the film Bronco Bullfrog will not have forgotten it. Made in 1969, it features real East End kids playing East End Kids and doing the sort of thing East End Kids of the time got up to. We are shown real stuff like the film’s star Del, out to impress on a first date, taking his girlfriend ‘up west’ on his new motorcycle. He decides that the West End cinema is a bit too pricey so instead takes her for a slap meal to a fancy restaurant – a Wimpy’s.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 12:40

Dean Cavanagh– In Eagerness

Written by Ian Park
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Not a name synonymous with the British public but a glaring talent never the less, Dean Cavanagh is a man held in fine regard by his contemporaries and people in the know. Working away from the mainstream and carving out an independent and respected niche in the process, he has produced work of the highest calibre, pushing the boundaries with his thought-provoking views and no-holds-barred attitude to writing. He has worked closely with another British gem,

Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:56

Chris Wade - On His Malcolm McDowell Book

Written by Matteo Sedazzari
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ZANI - How did you first discover Malcolm and what qualities does he have that makes him appeal to you?

Chris Wade - Well the first film I saw Malcolm in was Royal Flash because funnily enough I used to collect Bob Hoskins films. Actually Hoskins is a great actor, but that’s beside the point now. Hoskins had a small part in it. But when I saw Malcolm as Flashman, I just thought now there’s an actor I knew he was in Clockwork Orange but all the images of that film, the eyelash, the rape and all that, use to scare me when I was a kid. Besides it was still banned in the UK then.

Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:42

Ricci Harnett -Chats To A Unique Actor

Written by Matteo Sedazzari
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"The whole conviction of my life now rests upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, is the central and inevitable fact of human existence." -Thomas Wolfe,  God's Lonely Man.

Thursday, 29 December 2011 12:36

Brigitte Bardot and The Beatles

Written by The Beatles’ Virtual Museum
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When the Beatles filled in their biographical 'lifelines' for the New Musical Express in 1963, under 'Favourite Actresses', Paul wrote: Brigitte Bardot, George wrote: Brigitte Bardot, Ringo wrote: Brigitte Bardot. John wrote: Juliette Greco, which is surprising, because of the four it was John who was most fanatical about Brigitte Bardot.

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