Greetings Ghostwatchers! You've seen the doc, now read the book! (...T-Shirts next, perhaps?)
The term 'Labour of love' is often bandied about on most projects I seem to work on, these days. This piece actually took longer to make than the doc itself, as, back in the day, I wasn't even sure that we would physically be able to make a film looking back at Ghostwatch, at all - so instead, began documenting the project in paper form, just in case.
It's 248 pages, it's got new interviews, it's got trivia, it's got a Foreword by Stephen Volk, it features an extensive production diary for the doc, it includes the complete sequel story 31/10, it's in tasteful black and white, and it contains material which some readers may find to be interesting. It is also available to purchase right now for the princely sum of £9.99 (+ p&p). So, pick up a copy on Lulu today before Pipes beats you to it.
Wednesday, 23 October 2013
Tuesday, 1 October 2013
Update time! And just as we were getting used to seeing "2013" on our calendars, another year has already, all but passed us by. From the release of the doc all the way back in March, though to... well, today, we've been fortunate enough to have some great reviews, wonderful comments and precisely zero hauntings, so thumbs-up, all round.
So... what's next? Well, National Séance 2013 will kick off on October 31st. Details here and here, as usual. (we all know the drill by now, right?)
There's recently been quite a bit of talk regarding the doc being made available to purchase and view online, sometime soonish. One particular avenue that our film is currently set to be making an appearance in (from early December) is at BFI Mediatheques nationwide, as part of the new Haunted collection, and the wider Gothic season, possibly alongside Ghostwatch itself and plenty of other goodies. Yes, you read that right, Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains is about to be added to the National Archives for posterity. Yowzers. Hopefully, some DVD copies may also be available to purchase in the BFI shop very soon indeed. Stay tuned for updates!
There will also be a special free screening of Ghostwatch (1992) in Lowestoft at the Autumn: Horror In The East convention on the 9th of November featuring a Q&A with Rich Lawden - one half of Lawman Productions, and the director/co-producer of Ghostwatch: Behind the Curtains (of which you can still pick up a limited DVD copy of here). Another special Ghostwatch alumnus might also be stopping by, depending on their busy schedule...
Now, this isn't for 100% certain - it's not a cast iron promise at this stage - but for a good long while now (in fact, longer than work lasted on the doc, itself), a brand-new companion book has been brewing (well, simmering, at any rate) that chronicles the making of our film, and also features some brand-new interviews and rarely-seen Ghostwatch-related material. The first draft is now done and with any luck, it shall be ready (at least!) in time for Hallowe'en 2014... or more realistically, sometime within the next few months, or so.
So, yeah. Aside from this generally earth-shattering news, not much else to report, really. The hash-tag #BEHINDTHECURTAIN was Twitter Trending (or whatever the kids call it) back in August, but it turned out to be for Lady Gaga, I think. I had a really nice lunch at some point. Two, actually. We're all doing well at GW-HQ. Everything's under control, situation normal. Had a slight wireless malfunction, but everything's perfectly alright, now. We're fine, we're all fine, here, now. Thank you. How are you? Actually, don't say anything until NS13, or we won't have anything to talk about.
See you then, Ghostwatchers, and thanks as always for the support!