Sunday, 6 July 2014

London Film & Comic Con Incoming!

www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com 

Greetings Ghostwatchers! It's now less than one week to go until Behind the Curtains is set to grace the halls of Comic Con at Earls Court, with a table of our very own, ably manned by Rich Lawden, Lesley Manning and Stephen Volk.

Commitments permitting, Lesley and Rich are expected to be present all weekend, while Steve is due to join us for the Saturday only. There shall be some copies of the doc, companion book, and transcript available to pick up, all featuring our special-event reduced rates, plus the rare chance to get your future antiques signed by the show's creators.

The event kicks off Friday 11th July, and lasts until Sunday the 13th. For more info on tickets and opening times, check out the website at www.londonfilmandcomiccon.com

Look forward to seeing you there!

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/displayProductDetails.do?sku=10709087UPDATE:

Another quick heads-up - Stephen Volk has a book launch on Friday 11th July at Waterstones, Covent Gardens (6:30pm-8:30pm) marking the arrival of 'Best British Horror' - a new anthology published by Salt Publishing and showcasing amazing British talent.

There will be readings, a Q&A session, a signing and wine!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

It's not appeared in print, one single time, I assure you!

http://www.lulu.com/shop/rich-lawden/ghostwatch-behind-the-curtains-the-transcript/paperback/product-21660722.html
Greetings Ghostwatchers!

A bit out of the blue, I know, but we can officially reveal the entire doc has been transcribed into a second book, which is now available to pick up over at Lulu.com!

Rather snappily entitled, "Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains - The Transcript", this brand-new publication mostly comes in response to several messages sent in to the site, requesting a subtitle track for the doc, in particular for the hard of hearing. Unfortunately, we just didn't have the time or resources to implement such a feature on the DVD, but hopefully, this will make for a fitting accompaniment. For those who are planning on making the trip, a few copies should be available to pick up, and be squiggled on, at the London Film & Comic Con in July.

Again, hope you enjoy, thanks for the support, and until next time, try not to have sleepless nights...

Limited copies of the doc are available while stocks last from LawmanProductions.co.uk
The original companion book can also be found over at Lulu.com

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Richard Broke (1943-2014)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing away of Ghostwatch Executive Producer, Richard Broke. He was 70.

A true legend in his field, with a plethora of credits to his name, Richard was responsible for heading some of the most innovative and highest-rated television productions of all time, including the acclaimed, The Monocled Mutineer (1986), and multi-award winning, Tumbledown (1988).

He was both nominated for, and won several BAFTA and RTS Television awards, alongside many other accolades, and considerable high praise. A greatly-respected figure in the TV and Film Industry, in the late 1980s, he (in)famously helped develop a six-part supernatural serial by Stephen Volk entitled, 'Ghost Watch', into a radical, single drama, with Ruth Baumgarten and Lesley Manning, for the successful Screen One drama strand, which he also Executive Produced for BBC1. Following transmission, he staunchly defended the show when it came under fire, even going so far as to make a personal appearance on the discussion show, Biteback, hosted by Sue Lawley. For BAFTA, he served on the Television Committee, and was also the first-ever Chair of the Interactive Committee.


All of us who worked on the Behind the Curtains project are deeply saddened by this news. Richard was a personal friend to us, and his support and graciousness in helping finally get the doc made and out there, is and forever shall be hugely appreciated.

Here are some thoughts from the cast and crew...

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"Working with Richard was a constant joy. He had a singular ability to story-tell, and was gifted with that rare, magical quality to keep one consistently engaged in any discussion. He was also one of the most precise, and eloquent writers I have ever known.

Renowned for his perfectly-balanced, keen sense of humour, and straight-talking demeanour, I recall once asking his thoughts regarding the filming of Ghostwatch at Television Centre, which had long been reported as one of the film's two main shooting locations. Calling him back, soon after, on realising that despite being set at TVC, the drama was in fact recorded at BBC Elstree, he replied, 'I thought it was filmed at Elstree but didn’t dare contradict the Mastermind', and so I was nicknamed, from then on. Despite having since acquired the name-badge to (apparently) prove it, I have been very careful not to claim to be any kind of 'Ghostwatch Expert', since..!

When the time came to screen the first rough cut of the doc, Lesley and I both agreed that Richard and Stephen Volk should be the first two people to check it out. This was a no-brainer, given their selfless dedication to the project (Richard’s interview was actually filmed in a hospital car-park, during his recovery from a then-recent op). His reactions during that first cut were priceless, and he genuinely seemed to enjoy all the various anecdotes and revelations raised by our guest speakers. His notes, following that inaugural showing, were invaluable, and really helped shape those few crucial sequences he recommended we tighten up.

One of the proudest moments of my career to date, was when Richard wrote to congratulate me on viewing the final cut of the doc, signing off by saying, "The first of many 'Rich Lawden' films, I'm sure". When I say that he was a mentor to me, during the making of the doc, that is quite an understatement. I couldn't have hoped for a more genial, intelligent, and supportive fellow to guide me through the spooky corridors of the BBC, circa 1992. He will be sorely missed as an invaluable collaborator, and even more so as a friend."

- Rich Lawden

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"Richard's credits speak for themselves. He simply championed what he thought was the very best work, and though he'd worked within the mysterious but strangely enabling corridors of the BBC during a wonderfully productive era, he nevertheless had a healthy irreverence for authority and pomposity. I think the values of this terrific man shine through in the great drama he produced, and the fond memories we have of his doggedness and good humour."

- Stephen Volk

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"I am so sure Ghostwatch wouldn't have been made without Richard Broke's maverick spirit. A big man in television."

- Lesley Manning