Every little helps.
Danger 5 is like the Thunderbirds meets The Champions meets Garth Marenghi and it’s lovely. There’s an attention to detail here: the camerawork, lighting, model work and performances are all spot-on in a 60s adventure show style. As funny as Garth Marenghi was, it always felt like it was parodying something that never actually existed, whereas Danger 5 is more akin to Police Squad – an affectionate, accurate and brilliantly funny spoof of a recognisable TV genre.
Not surprising it’s so accurate given that its creators, Dario Russo and David Ashby, were responsible for the rather excellent “Italian Spiderman” movie parody.
Oh, and it has stop-motion nazi dinosaurs in it so, you know, I’m kind of programmed to like it on a genetic level.
This is Chad Banger, co-created with artist Gus Hughes. He was commissioned in 2008 to launch the now-defunct 4mations website. He has a sausage for a head. That’s Chad, not Gus. Gus has a head for a head, although it is admittedly stuffed with strange meat indeed. Tasty though.
This was my third film, but I tell everybody it was my first. It got shortlisted for the BBC New Talent Filmmakers Award in 2004. It was then selected to tour cinemas nationwide in 2005 as part of the Independent Cinema Office’s BEST OF BRITISH programme. Not bad for a first film!
16/08/04 – Portobello Film Festival
18/11/04 – Brief Encounters
01/12/04 – Portobello Day of the Documentary
Spring 2005 – On tour as part of the ICO’s Best of British programme
27/04/05 – 09/05/05 – Short Circuits screenings.
19/05/05 – Corta! International Short Film Festival, Portugal.
25/08/05 – Troma Fling in Edinburgh.
25/08/05 – Final Cut, Brighton.
The first English moon landing goes a bit skew whiff. Written, directed and performed by some chancer with a space suit.
Winner of Special Mention award DepicT! 2007.
Official selection at:
Toronto International Comedy Short Film Festival 2007.
BBC Film Network’s New British Talent programme 2008.
Reading & Leeds Festival 2008.
onedotzero festival 2008.
London Short Film Festival 2008.
Sci-Fi-London Festival 2008.
Not braggin, just truthin.
I tend to think that if you’re going to shoot a fish in a barrel, you might as well do it with style, originality, and a foul-mouthed precocious child, which is what Wonder Showzen do here, havin a pop at the Pope.
Compiled with Mark Lund. From the still-not-quite-finished Heavy Petting zine.
Maybe next time I should try a character whose accent I can do.
This was the result of a last-minute booking to do five minutes at The Stand in Newcastle. I was going to do straight stand up, but I’m back there in a couple of weeks and didn’t want to repeat myself, so the afternoon of the gig I rewrote a two-hander sketch into a monologue, fleshed it out a bit and… this happened.
It’s the first time I’ve done character stand-up, and I really enjoyed it. I think I’d like to gig as Scottie again. He’s way more relaxed about it all than I am.
A sketch we did live in January.