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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #120 on: June 03, 2018, 04:43:44 PM »
Just back from seeing this in Glasgow. The film was excellent - I'm quite happy to leave it as a one-off viewing, but I'm really glad I saw it and would strongly encourage any Chris Morris fans to do the same. The Q+A with Michael Cumming was, if anything, even better - such a privilege to hear him talk with candour and self deprecating humour about a series he's clearly very proud of. And he was very fulsome in his praise for my question about the opening credits, which didn't hurt. As imitationleather mentioned upthread, he Barry Admin's question from the Belfast showing as the only one that's left him truly stumped, and he namechecked CaB too, which felt a bit weird...I stayed silent though!

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #121 on: June 26, 2018, 05:28:54 AM »
Anyone know if there's any planned UK screenings of this round late July/August?

Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #122 on: June 26, 2018, 02:09:01 PM »
Listings page seems to have gone - but there's a specific OG page instead:

http://www.michaelcumming.co.uk/oxide%20ghosts/

June and September, it seems.

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #123 on: July 03, 2018, 06:00:29 AM »
June and September, it seems.
Argh! That's the months right outside when I'm in the UK. God damn it.

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #124 on: August 07, 2018, 11:28:56 AM »
I'd chew off ma tits to see this but it's not likely I'm going to eh

Portmeirion???

Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #125 on: August 31, 2018, 04:15:28 PM »
Some more dates added:


September
7th Portmeirion, Festival No. 6 - 7.30pm at The Gatehouse
8th Portmeirion, Festival No. 6 - Midnight at The Gatehouse

October
22nd Exeter, Picturehouse - On sale soon
23rd Southampton, Harbour Lights - On sale soon

November
25th London, Backyard Comedy Club

Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #126 on: October 21, 2018, 07:57:53 AM »

Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #127 on: October 26, 2018, 08:53:39 PM »
I went to this in Exeter and here's what I found out:

Robert Wyatt wanted to see the film in London but the cinema in question was not wheelchair accessible, so Michael Cumming is going to go round his house and show him it.

Michael Cumming thought one question from the audience was the most interesting one he'd been asked while touring the film; it was something like: "If you could go back 200 years what art form would Brass Eye be most like? What form would it have had to take?" Cummings thought "painting" and noted that he had studied Fine Art.

I asked a question myself, it was roughly this: I said "Between Brass Eye being postponed and finally airing you had to go to NME and Melody Maker for updates on what was going on with it and I'm aware Steven Wells, David Quantick and Arthur Mathews were all music journalists writing for Brass Eye. Was there a deliberate effort being made to leverage public opinion to add to the pressure on Channel 4 to broadcast it, by leaking info to the music papers?" Cumming's response was: "Yes exactly as you put it. But it wasn't coming from Chris, it was others involved in the production of it. Although Quantick didn't write as much as you might think even though the programme has a very 'music' sensibility. For example most of the joke credits we inserted are silly pop stars or musicians - that came from the music influence."

He addressed the rumour about Morris having handed him a lot more tapes of rushes and stated this never happened, but he knows Morris has more footage and if he ever does give it to him he might cut it into a longer film.

The Noel Edmonds killing Clive Anderson bit was intended to interrupt a Channel 4 programme much later in the evening but the channel wouldn't allow it. They wouldn't allow it to interrupt an advert either. They only allowed it at all with the compromise that Gina McKee's character wear a false moustache (suggested by Cumming and his team).

The cinema was half empty by the way, and the laughs trailed off about half way through I thought.

SPOILERS: Bestjoke in my view was the one about foxes in a circle "thinking about you" which has been mentioned elsewhere. There were a lot of jokes which fit the tone of the show but were not that impressive, like an extended bit of the Priests with Guns segment wherein the priest has a lot of Morrisisms to describe his mass (the congregation are "moo moos" etc). Also a section from Animals about miniature whales being bred to collect pens from the ocean floor accompanies film of a whale swimming near an underwater pipe; it's a lesser version of the "vast cat heads underground" joke I think. There is also Lindsey de Paul in Animals being interviewed by David Jatt about the cow being shot out of a cannon, saying (I'm paraphrasing here) "these people are natives, you can't expect them to behave civilly..."

 I won't spoil anymore. It's really worth seeing but I agree the best bits made the final cut. Great to hear Cumming's thoughts on it all he's clearly and justifiably very proud of Brass Eye.

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #128 on: October 27, 2018, 12:56:50 AM »
I went to this in Exeter...
Oh hey, I went to the Exeter one too! (I provided the Robert Wyatt/Eric Andre Show woo's, and asked the question about what Brass Eye might've been like 20 years earlier. Absolutely promise I wasn't scheming with that other person to make the Q&A entirely time-travel themed)

Considering this was the first event of its kind I've ever really been to, I honestly liked it a lot. I did appreciate how, between the half-empty cinema and the lack of a microphone, the event felt nice and intimate - I might not have enjoyed it as much if it was a full house in a larger venue. That being said, getting to appreciate the jokes (even ones already seen in the show proper) out loud as a communal experience was definitely enjoyable, and as was pointed out, serves to show just how popular Brass Eye's remained all this time later.

Probably don't have much to add about the film itself that hasn't already been said; I was breathless through much of it, especially that obscene models experiment near the start, and even just imagining the unrealised Victorian stage of Chris' late-night drug search was a hoot. The audience did dip off a little in the latter half like you said, but ultimately I was impressed at how well it kept up the quality throughout, considering it was essentially a B-roll compilation (albeit a stylishly-presented one, and a rare-to-see one at that).

Also: BOLLOCK IN A COT.

Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #129 on: October 27, 2018, 11:01:03 AM »
Hi guys, I was the faintly nervous bloke who hosted the event in Exeter! Really lovely to hear you both enjoyed it, Michael was so receptive and open to answering in detail - to hear him reminiscing about his first meeting with Morris etc. was something really rather special. Agreed that it was so nice to hear him talk about the show with such pride and fondness. Bizarrely had bought Gurney Slade a few days prior so was a surreal coincidence to have him mention it quite a few times. As you say it was quite a small audience, so was a huge relief to see there were lots of questions - really bloody good ones from you guys; the music one was intimidatingly knowledgeable, and the time travel tangent was a really left-field, interesting moment.

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #130 on: October 27, 2018, 11:15:25 AM »
http://www.michaelcumming.co.uk/latest_news.html

For some reason this link now 404s

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #131 on: October 27, 2018, 08:36:53 PM »
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Although Quantick didn't write as much as you might think

Well obviously.

Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #132 on: October 27, 2018, 11:05:29 PM »
I wanted to go to the Exeter show a well but personal stuff got in the way, and this was after having to sell my ticket to a Bristol showing as well.

Sad not to have been there but thanks for organising it...

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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #133 on: October 28, 2018, 10:21:45 AM »
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Re: Oxide Ghosts - UK screenings
« Reply #135 on: October 29, 2018, 01:48:02 PM »
I still cannot fucking believe I missed the Leeds show. FUCK YOU ALL