Some movies are just entertainment and some movies become “icons”! In this episode Gerri and Eugenia are talking about one such movie and that is 2001: A Space Odyssey. In fact this movie is all about “icons”, based on a short story by one of the icons of 20th century SF author Arthur C. Clarke and directed by Stanley Kubrick who of course is another icon! Now considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made, every “geek” on earth has watched this movie and everyone knows “Hal”! For a Sci Fi movie this was not of the ilk that people expected to see in that era, no creepy aliens and no bad sets! For its time this movie was scientifically accurate, had pioneering special effects, used classical music and little dialogue to tell a story about humanities relationship with the universe. That Hal was damn scary though! In this episode Gerri and Eugenia get to talk to the two other icons of the movie ,Gary Lockwood and Kier Dullea, Dave and Frank respectively! They would like to thank Scott Liston of www.firstcontactconventions.com.au for arranging for the interviews and Daniel of www.supanova.com.au and Lionel of www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for hosting of the Gary and Kier on Scott’s behalf. It is not often that you get to interview “icons”, but Gerri and Eugenia are privileged to host what they think is a special episode!
We all do it, we go to the movies and watch the actors on the screen play our favourite heroes and villains and walk away saying “Gee that was good”, and “Wasn’t … brilliant”! Yes, the actors do the acting and the directors do the directing! However, we have all seen those shaky sets, ad props the bad make-up/hair and the crappy fight scenes that we all think “Give me a wet lettuce leaf and I could fight better than that!”
However, if you can get a VERY GOOD Set/prop maker, hair and make-up artist, and a fight coordinator you know that you have a VERY GOOD movie. And this is what Eugenia and Gerri have for you in this episode! From WETA they have two of the artists that made the magic of movies such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Elysium and the Netflix series “Spectre”. Warren Dion Smith make-up artist and hair specialist (think of all those dwarves and all that hair, Warren makes it look natural), and Mark Dewes , props artist (this man can make a bit of foam look like Excalibur). Then they have Richard Norton, stunt and fight coordinator who has worked with Jackie Chan and on movies such as the latest Mad Max! So if you want to know more about the film industry in the “antipodes”, this is the episode for you with two Kiwis and an Aussie making movies for you! Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Daniel and Lionel Supanova Expo www.supanova.com.au and www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com respectively for their interview with Richard! Eugenia and Gerri love talking with those that make the magic happen and you will too!
There are two types of Geeks in the world (although your hosts like both) and generally they are either for Star Trek or Star Wars. However, no matter which camp you call your own everyone likes a great story, great characters and of course great movies to watch over and over again! So, in this episode Eugenia and Gerri talk about Star Wars! George Lucas took the perennial story of the “hero” made it his own, and here we are still going to the movies to find out more about this Universe. Seven (or four if you are a Star Wars purest) movies later, we still can’t wait for the next one to be released. This universe has the staying power of Doctor Who and Star Trek and it is a staple in the geek world! Who does not know the characters of Luke Skywalker, Darth (I am your father) Vader and the “backward not does he talk”, Yoda? George L is a very clever man, building his Universe full of amazing non-human characters that we all want to take home via just about any store on Earth! Star Wars has inspired many, including fans who carry out charity in its name, ala The 501st Legion. He brought animation and puppetry to the fore in story telling and allowed us the opportunity to buy our own model of the Millennium Falcon! So, who are Eugenia and talking to in this episode? Two actors who played small, but iconic roles in the franchise and beyond! They are Tim Rose (remember the fishy Admiral) who starred as General Akbar and who was also a puppeteer for the movies and Daniel Logan who plays the young Boba Fett in the movies and animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Daniel of www.supanova.com.au and Lionel Midford of www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com the interview with Daniel and Oz Comic Con www.ozcomiccon.com plus Sophie Blue of www.blueplanetpr.com.au for Tim Rose. Without these organisations supporting the podcast Eugenia and Gerri could not bring these amazing interviews to you. Check them out and see who is coming to a con near you.
Arrrrrh me hearties, and shiver me timbers , does that give you some clue as to what Eugenia and Gerri are talking about in this episode! Pirates are baddies that we love to love! So what is a “pirate”, and what do they have to do about Sci Fi and Fantasy well that’s what Gerri and Eugenia talk about! Pirates in spaceships include Firefly, Farscape and even some could say Doctor Who, well the odd episode or two! Eugenia and Gerri could not resist putting a picture of Johnny Depp on this podcast they unfortunately don’t have an interview with him, but they do have one with the “sane” and really the “rudder” and first mate of The Black Pearl , Joshamee Gibbs otherwise known as Kevin McNally. This actor who you will recognise from many a Sci Fi show talks about his obsession with “Tony Hancock”, his work as an actor who has managed to build a career across two continents and more! But let’s get back to pirates ! Captain Jack and Gibbs and their many cosplayer copies have turned pirates back into a watchable treasure. Eugenia and Gerri would like to thank Daniel and Lionel from Supanova Pop Culture Expo, for these interviews, catch them at www.supanova.com.au and www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com and because they couldn’t resist : “Why are pirates pirates? Cuz they arrrrrr” LOL!!!
Some characters just turn out to be iconic and Superman is just one of those! He has been round since 1938 (looks good for his age hey!) and has provided the world with inspiration, someone to hero worship, and some damn fine entertainment since then! Superman has appeared in just about every form of entertainment from comic books, to radio, television and movies and there never seems to be a “him again” moment, we just can’t get enough. In this episode Eugenia and Gerri talk about him in all his incarnations and they have an interview with someone very special. That very special interview is with Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the 1980s movies with Christopher Reeve. These movies brought a whole new dimension to the Legend of Superman, with what were then ground-breaking special effects and again made everyone want to be from a different planet who came to Earth with superpowers! Margot Kidder is one of Eugenia and Gerri’s favourite interviews, with Margot not afraid to talk about her life “warts and all”. This is a very special episode and they would like to thank Scott Liston from First Contact Conventions, http://www.firstcontactconventions.com.au for allowing them to spend time with Margot! The Liston’s have a new experience for fans of “popular culture” coming to Melbourne Australia, with AMC Expo check them out at http://www.amcexpo.com.au . Eugenia and Gerri would also like to thank actor Sam Lloyd (you know him as Ted Buckland from Scrubs) for the use of the Superman March song sung by an a Capella group he sings with called The Blanks. For more of their songs visit http://www.theblankswebsite.com or iTunes.
This is our tribute to Terry Pratchett! Long Long ago in a place far away a mind found a world that was on a disc supported by four elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle called the Great A’Tuin. That mind was the fantastical one of Sir Terry Pratchett inventor of the Disc World and the many wonderful characters that reside there! Terry is a social commentator and this is reflected in his many books. Terry is such a master of telling a tale that it is only when you reflect back on the story (that you could not put down) that you know that what the story is really about! However, every one of them is full of fun and whimsy. With that in mind Gerri and Eugenia invited one of their friends Jo, who is as fanatical about Terry as Gerri is! So they discuss the world of Terry Pratchett, discuss the characters who they love and who is their favourite. Who is your favourite Discworld favourite or is it just like Gerri’s which changes every time she reads a new book? Terry and his daughter have also set up a Production Company and plan to make television series about the Discworld, keep checking the net to see when or if they may be transmitted!
In this episode Eugenia and Gerri talk about the hero! Heroes such as Robin Hood and King Arthur ignite our imagination allowing us to take part in stories where “might” is fought and good wins! Stories such as these have inspired us for thousands of years and television and film have since their invention given us many interpretations of these stories! Eugenia and Gerri talk about the variations over the years and how film and program makers can at time sanitise history and the violence. They discuss how shows such as Game of Thrones are a truer representation of the way history is and not the versions that we see with Robin Hood and King Arthur! Even though the subject matter may be takes a serious bent they don’t talk about it for long because they have three wonderful interviews from such shows with Alfie Allen, Theon Greyjoy from Game of Thrones, Tom Hopper, Sir Percival From Merlin and Mark Ryan from Robin of Sherwood, armour, swords and arrows who could want more? They would like to thank Daniel and Lionel from http://www.supanova.com.au and http://www.lionelmidfordpublicity.com for Tom Hopper and Alfie Allen’s interview and http://www.armageddonexpo.com/nz for Mark Ryan’s interview.