Smashing Time (1967) with guest Melanie Williams
Season 1, Ep. 7
Join us and our special guest Professor Melanie Williams of the University of East Anglia as we discuss a somewhat forgotten 1960s classic! Be warned however, that some of the songs from Smashing Time will get stuck in your head for days...If you would like to find out more about the 1960s British Cinema project mentioned in the show you can find their fascinating blog here: 60sbritishcinema.wordpress.comYou can get in touch with us via Twitter@secondfeaturesor our email@example.com. We would love to hear from you! Please also leave us a rating and a review wherever you listen.
Sexmission (Seksmisja , 1984) with guest Michal Oleszczyk
Season 1, Ep. 6
Stagger out of your hibernation pod and join us in a dystopian Polish future world where all men have been wiped out as the result of an experimental chromosome bomb. In an underground world run entirely by women, what are two guys from an extinct age supposed to do? Listen to this latest Second Features episode on Sexmission (Seksmisja, Juliusz Machulski) to find out! To understand this unique post-apocalypse we are joined by Michal Oleszczyk, a teacher in film at the Liberal Arts department at the University of Warsaw.You can get in touch with us via Twitter@secondfeaturesor our firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you! Please also leave us a rating and a review wherever you listen.
Slumber Party Massacre (1982) & Slumber Party Massacre 2 (1987) with guest Dr Alice Haylett Bryan
Season 1, Ep. 5
Just what exactly is a feminist slasher film, and do these two fit the bill? Get your pyjamas on, order yourself a pizza, lock all the windows and doors and then join us and our guest Dr Alice Haylett Bryan as we dissect Slumber Party Massacre and Slumber Party Massacre 2 and try to figure this out!You can get in touch with us via Twitter @secondfeatures or our email email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
Shogun Assassin (1980) with guest Jonathan Wroot
Season 1, Ep. 4
Join us for a blood-soaked discussion on this classic video nasty, an American remix of two equally classic Japanese films Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance and Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (both 1972, Kenji Misumi).Our guest this month is Dr Jonathan Wroot, an expert in Japanese cinema, and he gives us a fascinating overview of the history of this film, the original Lone Wolf series and its brother-in-arms, Zatōichi. Along the way we talk hip hop, blood pressure, Andy Warhol and killer penises. Just a regular episode of Second Features.You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @secondfeaturesPlease remember to leave us a review or rate the podcast on your app of choice!Reading List (generously supplied by Jonathan):A review (Jasper Sharp, 2001) ofSword of Vengeance, scenes of which appear inShogun AssassinA feature article (Robin Gatto and Tom Mes, 2005) on Kenji Misumi, who directed the footage that appears inShogun AssassinFrameRatedreview of theLone Wolf and Cubfilm series by Remy Dean (2020) including the different DVD releasesDerek Johnston’s research paper on the transcultural impact ofLone Wolf and CubAnd so you can hear RZA talk about Wu-Tang Clan far more eloquently than Adrian can: Wu-Tang’s RZA Breaks Down 10 Kung Fu Films He’s Sampled
The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970) with guest Caz Rickards
Season 1, Ep. 3
This month we discuss the Roger Moore-starring The Man Who Haunted Himself, which leads to us talking about eyebrow acting, James Bond (naturally), safari suits and knitwear modelling. We also welcome Dr Carolyn Rickards to tell us about her involvement in the AHRC-funded project 'The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-1985)', and the striking use of colour in this month's film.You can read Dr Rickard's excellent chapter "The Rise and Fall of the Colourful Corporate Fantasy in 1960s British Cinema" in the book Sixties British Cinema ReconsideredYou can find out what Dr Rickards is up to currently by following her on Twitter: @caz_rickardsThe Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-1985 also has an excellent blog: eastmancolor.infoYou can email us at email@example.com with any feedback on this episode, or with suggestions for future shows.You can also contact us on Twitter:Dr Laura Mayne -@LauraJaneMayneDr Adrian Smith -@retroramblingsThe Man Who Haunted Himself is available on blu ray from NetworkiMorwryhOuVElYdJyQ4J
Eskimo Nell (1975) with guest Professor Sue Harper
Season 1, Ep. 2
Here at last is the second episode of Second Features, featuring a lengthy discusion on Eskimo Nell (1975, Martin Campbell, UK), being embarrassed easily, the British sex comedy and whether it really was all that bad for the British film industry in the 1970s. Our guest is Professor Sue Harper, who has been involved in some fascinating research projects in this area. Her book, co-written with Justin Smith, is called British Film Culture in the 1970s: The Boundaries of Pleasure, and is essential reading.Although she was too polite to mention it, Professor Harper is also an author of short stories, and you can find more details about those here: www.sueharper.co.ukEskimo Nell is available on blu ray and DVD from 88 FilmsThe published screenplay by Michael Armstrong is available from Paper Dragon ProductionsThe music for this episode is a cover version ofThe Edgar Wallace Mysteriestheme, performed by Oscar.You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any feedback on this episode, or with suggestions for future shows.You can also contact us on Twitter:Dr Laura Mayne -@LauraJaneMayneDr Adrian Smith -@retroramblings
Death Line (1972) with guest Paul Dobraszczyk
Season 1, Ep. 1
Welcome to the first episode of Second Features, where we discuss the British horror classic Death Line (1972) and wonder why more people don't talk about how great it is. We are also joined by Paul Dobraszczyk, a lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London, who has written and researched the spaces under London extensively. Could cannibals really exist down there? Just what is going on in those dozens of abandoned train tunnels and tube stations? Join us to find out.You can find out more about Paul's research on his website: www.ragpickinghistory.co.ukThe music for this episode is a cover version of The Edgar Wallace Mysteries theme, performed by Oscar.You can email us at email@example.com with any feedback on this episode, or with suggestions for future shows.You can also contact us on Twitter:Dr Laura Mayne - @LauraJaneMayne Dr Adrian Smith - @retroramblings Buy Death Line (2972) on blu-ray from Network On Air Reading List:Chris Alexander (2017), ‘How Marlon Brando was Almost the Monster in Death Line’ Laura Mayne (2019), ‘Mind the Doors! Death Line (Gary Sherman, 1972)’ Roger Ebert (1973), ‘Raw Meat’ review, Diabolique Interview with Gary Sherman