November 27, 2009

Sam Staggs

The Directors suite DVD of Douglas Sirk's Imitation of life features an excellent interview with author Sam Staggs. He has written a behind the scenes book about this great film called Born to be Hurt. His other movie books include About All About Eve, Sunset Boulevard and A Streetcar Named Desire.

November 24, 2009


Here are two books I would like to check out. The first is by Ken Auletta who writes for The New Yorker. He covered the Microsoft trial a few years ago. In this book he goes behind the scenes at Google.

Googled: The end of the world as we know it by Ken Auletta

The other one i heard about on the New Dimensions radio program. It's about how to deal with change.
Adaptability How to survive change you didn't ask for by M J Ryan

November 23, 2009

Richard Sala

Richard Sala
Richard Sala is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and comic book creator with a unique expressionistic style whose books often combine elements of mystery, horror and whimsy. His latest book is Cat Burglar Black. (from Wikipedia)


Kerrie Hayes

Kerrie Hayes plays Ruby in Lilies (BBC Northern Ireland). The series is currently showing on ABC1. She reminds me a little of Lily Cole.


November 22, 2009

Moon Zero Two

The great looking spacesuits

The moon transport vehicle, The Bug

Moon Zero Two (Hammer films 1969)
Last night channel GO screened the 1969 Hammer movie "Moon Zero Two"
The last time I saw this dull but strangely fascinating space western was on an ITV movie matinee slot 25 years ago.

It hasn't improved with age but it does have two redeeming features. The costume/production design and Catherine Schell (who later played Maya in space 1999). Three redeeming features if you count Bernard Bresslaw!

To say that this film is "very 60s looking" is a slight understatement. Lots of colourful shiny plastic, tight jump suits, go go dancers, bars that serve drinks called Moon Flower and extras looking like they are waiting around for Gerry Anderson to create UFO.

Yet as you chuckle and smirk your way through the movie you gradually begin to realise that those space suits don't look half bad especially when Catherine Schell is wearing one. Then a moon transport vehicle appears (the moon bug) looking like an metal hot dog on donut wheels and your opinion of this movie totally turns around. you are besotted! Moon Zero Two is pure genius. Forget about the nonsense Stanley Kubrick made. Moon Zero Two is the genuine article!

The presence of Bernard Bresslaw is slightly disconcerting. why? because you imagine at minute the merry Carry On team are going to crash the moonbase. In fact it would of made for a more interesting movie. I don't think there was a Carry On up the moon or a Carry On in space. Just imagine. Barbara Winsdor and Joan Sims in those space suits, Sid and Bernard up to some mischief and Kenneth Williams as some snooty moon official.

Heres a website that goes into some detail about the movie with photos of the wonderful moon bug and spacesuits and an interview with the writer.

November 19, 2009

Antonio Fargas

Antonio Fargas
The extraordinary looking Antonio Fargas is probably best known for his role as Huggy Bear in the 1970's television series "Starsky and Hutch". He has starred in classic blaxploitation movies like Shaft and Foxy Brown. I recently saw him in Cleopatra Jones (1973).

November 15, 2009

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Flare Up

Flareup (1969) starring Raquel Welch

Raquel's gogo dance at the pussycat club

Flareup opening titles

LX3 Toyko

Some nice shots of Tokyo street life many taken with the DMC-LX3, Panasonic's high end compact.

November 13, 2009

Hammer Glamour

Hammer Glamour by Marcus Hearn
Hardback 160pp TITAN BOOKS

"The hardback book is packed with rare and previously unpublished photographs, gathered from Hammer's archive and private collections all around the globe. It also features many new interviews and promises to be a lavish, full-colour, all-encompassing celebration of Hammer's female stars including Ingrid Pitt, Martine Beswick, Caroline Munro, Barbara Shelley, Joanna Lumley, Nastassja Kinski, and of course Raquel Welch."

November 12, 2009

The Silent Star

Picked up this postcard when ACMI had its East German film season last month. The still is from The Silent Star (1960). Unfortunately i missed the screening but it is available on DVD. Love those spacesuits.

The Silent Star reviewed on Teleport city

More east German movies here

November 11, 2009


Spanish dance-pop duo Baccara had two huge hits in the late seventies, “Yes sir, I can boogie” and “Sorry I’m a lady” The group comprised of Mayte Mateus and María Mendiola. They sang in English with gorgeous Spanish accents.
Fan sites
Yes sir, I can boogie-Youtube link

Stephen Romano

Stephen Romano is an author and illustrator.
His book SHOCK FESTIVAL, is an illustrated novel which features Grindhouse style movie posters. The movies don't exist but you kind of wished they did.

November 9, 2009

Breaking Into Freelance Illustration

Breaking Into Freelance Illustration by Holly DeWolf
Although there are many books out there for creative professionals few really seem to give practical advice. Holly's book gets down to the brass tacks. She understands that freelance illustration is just as much business as it is creative endeavor. I found the chapter on creating a personal brand particularly useful. Having a personal style is one thing but it's all the more effective when you wrap it up in a distinctive brand.

It's well written in a friendly personal style and includes list surmising important points, advice from working professionals, inspirations quotes and all the key websites. I also love the body copy. Not sure of the name of the fonts used but what a perfect combination.I would highly recommend this book for old and new illustrators alike.

Book: Amazon link
Interview: Escape from illustration island interview

Scott Robertson Gnomon Workshop

Techniques of Scott Robertson 1: Basic Perspective Form Drawing.

Promotion mail out times

Best times of the year to do a mail out…

* January to mid-June – Beginning of January is good as people have just come back from their Christmas break and thinking about the New Year’s work.
* End of March & beginning of April - new budgets are being set for April (new tax year starts)

Worst times of the year to do a mail out..

* July & August – Summer holidays! So lots of people are away and having time off. Less commissioned work around August
* December – Christmas. Too much post and office parties to compete with.

From AOI blog

Suzie Wong sequel

For Goodness Sake,
A Novel of the Afterlife of Suzie Wong by Sebastian Gerard

The sequel to The World of Suzie Wong by Richard Mason.

Paul Rogers

Paul Rogers

November 4, 2009

In the Dust of the Stars

In the Dust of the Stars
Last week ACMI had a wonderful season of old East German movies. I caught up with Im Staub der Sterne - In the Dust of the Stars (1976). A gloriously campy SF movie that has to be seen to be believed.

The movie stars the lovely Czech actress Jana Brejchov

The DEFA Sci-Fi Collection
Three DEFA (the East German studio) movies are featured in this box set.

November 3, 2009

Machete Maidens Unleashed

Night of the Cobra Woman (1972, USA / Philippines)

WHAT director Mark Hartley did for unloved Australian exploitation films of the 1970s in Not Quite Hollywood he will now do for Filipino cinema. Machete Maidens Unleashed is a feature documentary that explores fi lmmaking in the Philippines during the Marcos era, when miniature James Bonds, karatekicking soul sisters, snake-loving babes, anorexic Rambos and gun-toting nuns were the rage. from The Age

9.5 mm film

9.5 mm film is an amateur film format introduced by Pathé Frères in 1922 as part of the Pathé Baby amateur film system.

Moving Image Coalition
Moving Image Coalition is based in Melbourne, Australia. It invites independent/alternative super 8 film, 16mm, VHS (PAL format only), mDV, & DVD image/soundmakers to present their works at our quarterly screenings. Contact us now and spread the word. There are no joining fees or exhibition fees involved.

Artshops online Australia

Here are some online artshops that are based in Australia.

Anne Taintor

Anne Taintor
Anne Taintor is the unrivaled queen of of cheeky, ironic, retro style, 50s nostalgia items.

Yoko Tsuno

Yoko Tsuno
Yoko Tsuno is a comic book series created by the Belgian writer Roger Leloup published by Dupuis and in Spirou since its debut in 1970. Through twenty-four volumes, the series tell the adventures of Yoko Tsuno, a female electrical engineer of Japanese origin surrounded by her close friends, Vic and Pol. (wikipedia)

À l'intérieur

À l'intérieur (2007) Inside
French horror