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Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:43

Antonio Fargas

Huggy Bear in the original Starsky and Hutch...

 

The status of Antonio Fargas is legendary. Since his initiation into the world of film at the age of fourteen, when his exceptional interpretative skills led to a role in Shirley Clarke's "The Cool World", he has been noted for the unforgettable characters he creates, most famously through his role as the incorrigible and loveable Huggy Bear in Starsky & Hutch.

Whether perfecting outrageously comedic characters as in Robert Downey's "Putney Swope" and Keenan Ivory Wayan's "I'm Going to Git You Sucka", or chilling the audience through a convincing rendition of a 90-year old witchdoctor, as in the Broadway play "The Great White Hope", Antonio's performances have generated a near endless array of enthusiastic acclaim from some of the industry's most respected critics of film, television and stage.

Antonio's television credits include starring, recurrent and guest roles on Miami Vice, MacGyver, Charlie’s Angels, Vega$, The Love Boat, G vs E, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Hardcastle and McCormick, Kojak, Police Woman, Kolchak – The Night Stalker, Sanford and Son, Ironside, All My Children, Martin, L.A. Heat, Kaz, Police Story, CHiPs, The Bill Cosby Show, Eve, The District, Homeboys In Outer Space, Holby City, Fastlane.The Simpsons, and most recently Everybody Hates Chris.

His list of Movies Of The Week includes back-door pilot "Huggy Bear and The Turkey", "Denmark Veresy", "Huckleberry Finn", "Ambush Murder" and "Ali – An American Legend".

His film credits include "Osmosis Jones", "Shaft", "Car Wash', "Cleopatra Jones", "Pretty Baby", "Next Stop, Greenwich Village", "Le Bell Anglaise", "Whore", "Conrack", "The Howling VI" and "The Borrower", amongst many others.

Antonio's stage career is most extensive with appearances both on and off Broadway, these include Melvin Von Peeples' "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death", the on-Broadway production of "The Great White Hope", North Carolina Repertory's "The Contract", Stage West's "The Rainmaker" and "The Emperor Jones", and numerous other productions.

He is also a partner in his own production company, and they currently have a television series in development for a UK TV network. Antonio is currently partnering with a number of other artists in a tribute to urban art forms, the focus of his tribute is a twelve city tour of "Calling All Saints", a gospel musical stage play about the threats to marriage and family.

His commitment to theatre is further exemplified by his position on the boards of Rhode Island's Langton Hughes Centre for the Arts, and the Martin Luther King Center of Newport. He is Chairman of the Board of the Mount Vernon Open Case Theatre, and Honorary Board Chair on the Progressive Symphony's Academy of the Arts, an organization by Maestra Yvetter Devereaux.

Antonio was unable to join us as anticipated due to scheduling conflicts in 2006, but he cleared his diary for our Appreciation Weekend in 2007, and wowed his fans in person, with a red Ford Torino in tow!

Check out more on Antonio at his very own website, www.antoniofargas.com.

 

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:41

Andrew Mark Sewell

He was with us to announce the continuing adventures of Blake's 7 in 1999, and Andrew made a return visit in 2007 as Producer of the brand new audio adventures of the series...

 

Andrew was a former Creative Director at BBC Worldwide, and in that role was a key architect in defining the editorial and commercial strategy for exploiting BBC interactive content globally.

He was a Writer, Producer and Executive Producer on a range of cross-media projects, including the UKTV simulcast event Haunted (short-listed for the Montreux e-Rose), Dig Egypt, The Old Grey Whistle Test and Tomorrow’s World+.

Other credits include documentaries Echoes of the Past (for the UK History channel), Barcelona Burnout (Men and Motors) and Secrets of the Paranormal.

He was the UK Producer of the critically acclaimed feature film "Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont" that starred Joan Plowright, Anna Massey, Robert Lang, Rupert Friend and Zoe Tapper.

As co-founder of B7 Media, he most recently produced and directed the SCI FI Channel audio drama series based on the cult SF series Blake’s 7, starring Daniela Nardini (This Life), Derek Riddell (No Angels) and Colin Salmon (Keen Eddie, Hex, Bad Girls, and was Charles Robinson in a trio of James Bond movies, "Tomorrow Never Dies", "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day").

We were delighted to welcome Andrew back to the Cult TV Festival Weekender 2007 after eight years away. Goodness, how things changed in that time!

You can catch the brand new Blake’s 7 audio dramas right now at the SCI FI Channel’s website.

 

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:40

Allan Hunt

Stu Riley from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea joined in the Cult TV fun in 2007...

 

Allan Hunt comes came into a family already blessed with acting talent. His Aunt, Marsha Hunt, was a well known movie actress of the 1940s and 1950s.

Allan Trained at the Pasadena Playhouse, The American Conservatory Theatre, The Seattle Repertory, and earned a degree at UCLA in journalism. He started acting as a youngster, initially appearing regularly as the boyfriend of Shelly Fabares in the series The Donna Reed Show. Other roles around this time included The Munsters, Gunsmoke, Dr Kildare, Slattery’s People, Karen, and Perry Mason.

He was then picked by Irwin Allen for Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, but he voluntarily cut his own 'voyage' short, at the end of season two, when he enlisted in the Marine Corps - knowing that he might soon be drafted with the events that were going on in Vietnam. Irwin Allen promised to keep the role of Stu Riley for Allan when he completed his duties in the Marines, however Voyage was cancelled before he could return to the show. While in the services, he worked on USO shows, lending his musical and theatrical talents to entertain his fellow troops.

Returning home after his tour of duty, he resumed his acting career, guest starring in many favourite shows including General Hospital, Quincy, Centennial, Ironside, Barnaby Jones, Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law, The Young and the Restless, and Police Story. He also featured in the 1979 TV movies Mandrake and The Ordeal of Patty Hearst.

Allan has continued to work in the industry, appearing in the recent The New Love Boat and Charmed, and on stage in the annual production of “A Christmas Carol”, with the likes of Anne Lockhart and Walter Koenig, and starring in a recent production of “The Music Man” as Harold Hill.

Allan is a full time teacher of Theatre at the Oak Park High School, in Oak Park, California, where he teaches drama, directs and supervises theatrical and musical productions, and works with the students, showing them an aspect of the industry that few High School students have the opportunity to see.

We were delighted that Allan agreed to join us at the Cult TV Festival Weekender 2007 in an exclusive UK appearance – his first this side of the Atlantic in almost a decade.

 

 

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:39

Alistair Lock

The sound designer and voice of Zen in the new Blake's 7 audio adventures joined us in October 2007 for the Cult TV Weekender courtesy of B7 Media...

 

Alistair Lock is the sound designer and the voice of Zen in the new Blake's 7 audio adventures.

He demonstrated a talent for the audio medium at an early age, spending most of his childhood playing with tape recorders, as well as honing his keen interest in music and theatre.

Having acquired a thorough education in radio production, Alistair went on to greater things, working as producer, sound designer and actor for Audio Visuals, which came out with a number of independent Doctor Who stories after the television series went off the air. At the same time, Alistair also developed an interest in Blake's 7, working with Alan Stevens to produce the behind-the-scenes documentary “Travis: The Final Act”, and two spin-off radio plays set in the Blake's 7 universe, “The Mark of Kane” and “The Logic of Empire”.

More recently, Alistair has done music, acting and production work for BBV's Doctor Who spin-off audio plays, notably "Republica" and "Prosperity Island", as well as their videos, including "The Airzone Solution", "More than a Messiah" and the "Autons" series. He also did post-production work on the well-received UNIT video story, "Downtime".

He has supplied theme music for a number of Science Fiction conventions, including his famous remix of Madonna's "Open Your Heart" with the Doctor Who theme for Panopticon, and produced a number of plays of his own. Alistair is probably best known, however, for his astounding work on Big Finish Productions' series of officially-licensed Doctor Who audio plays, which more than one reviewer has described as "cinematic". He also worked on the "Kaldor City" series of audio plays, giving them their distinct ambience of sophistication and menace

Alistair is a well-respected audio professional who is a very capable actor and director, all adding to his expertise in sound design and music. He has come a long way from the days when post-production was a difficult and cumbersome task involving yards of reel-to-reel tape and four track cassette recorders to the present world of sophisticated computers and surround sound.

Alistair appeared at the Cult TV Festival Weekender 2007 courtesy of B7 Media, the producers of the brand new Blake’s 7 audio dramas that you can currently hear at the SCI FI Channel’s website.

 

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:37

Alan Shubrook

One of the members of the special effects team on Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and UFO joined us for the Cult TV Weekender 2007...

 

Born in 1947, Alan was influenced by the cinema he saw throughout his childhood. During the 1950s space adventure films such as “Flash Gordon”, which were shown at Saturday Morning Cinema, encouraged him to pursue his childhood dream of working within the film industry.

His early interest in photography also found him in the role of official photographer to West Ham United Football Club, travelling with the legendary Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst on a weekly basis, for some years, around the UK.

In 1966, at the age of only 19, he became the youngest member of the elite special effects team, working under the supervision of Oscar-winning effects director Derek Meddings, at Century 21 Studios.

Alan worked on over 100 children’s television programmes including the classic Thunderbirds series, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and UFO.

Whilst working at the Studios he continued his passion for photography, casually capturing behind the scenes moments on the special effects film stages. His unique collection of photographs and untold stories from the Studio floor have now been published - for the first time in forty years - in a new hardback book “Century 21 FX - Unseen Untold” - see www.thunderbirdsbook.com for details.

Today Alan is still working as a professional photographer in his own business. We were delighted that he agreed to join us for the 2007 Cult TV Weekender.

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 09:33

Laura-Jane Rich

L-J "Gadget Girl" Rich has become one of the faces of digital television. Some of you may recognise her from her days at BID-UP.TV, the live auction TV channel. She moved on from there to short-lived live music and current affairs station WHEREITS.AT. Now, she's turning up on the trio of SIMPLY SHOPPING channels, plus QVC, and most recently on the AUCTION WORLD station.

L-J comes from a musical background, playing the piano from the tender age of 3 years old. She won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music at 11, continued her studies at Oxford and went on to become a sound engineer for Pete Waterman. She toured the USA in a rock 'n' roll band, still gigs occasionally and writes her own songs.

Nowadays Laura-Jane combines her musical talent with a love of all things technological as well as being a confirmed Science Fiction fan (the more explosions, the better!). L-J also enjoys training in acrobatic tumbling and playing the piano - upside down!

For more information, visit her website at www.laurajanerich.com

Tuesday, 19 February 2008 15:38

Moonlight Cult Arrives

Recently voted Best New TV Drama by The People’s Choice Awards 2008 in the USA, Moonlight is already leaving its mark on Stateside viewers and arrives on LIVING this month.

Private Investigator Mick St John (Alex O’Loughlin, Detective Kevin Hiatt in The Shield) is a vampire who ironically makes it his mission to help people, rather than adhere to the usual vampiric tendencies. He teams up with beautiful and tenacious reporter Beth Turner (Sophia Myles, Lady Penelope in the "Thunderbirds" movie, as well as Reinette in the Doctor Who episode "Girl In The Fireplace").

Mick makes it his mission to uncover murders and mysteries, and protect the innocent. Garlic and ornate crucifixes are no match for this modern-day vampire; a stake through the heart will only render a vampire paralysed ... but only until someone kindly removes it.

Tuesday, 19 February 2008 00:00

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