The IFS screened this splendid new French picture the day the distributor went bust — it’s a crazed and thought-provoking tale designed for the international market (signage and talking cars in French, English and German, a supermodel, and a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue) but even great reviews and a weird sense of humour couldn’t keep its American distributor afloat. Getting pictures into cinemas is a tough business. Making them is almost easy, by comparison.
Once again I borrowed one of Engineering’s white Apollo-model spacesuits, this time to shoot my Kickstarter video; my Aerospace guide confides that they need orange spacesuits now — the kind one sports aboard the Space Shuttle. Searching online I find orange spacesuits, helmets and gloves but no boots. Turns out they wear lumberjack boots on these missions, as we do in the Colestin Rural Fire Dept.
Meanwhile, my colleague Victor Jendras graciously agrees to be BILL’s production designer and to guide us through its tunnels.
As yet, no sign of the BBC radio play or reading of the novel, broadcast and released on cassette back in 1984. The BBC version of BILL was abridged and produced by Paul Meyhew-Archer, and directed by Sylvia Carter. Music was by the BBC Radiophonic Workshop (1958-1998), who also created the audio for the original DR WHO.
There’s also a serious and comprehensive piece about Harry Harrison and his work, here.
BBC RADIO PLAY UPDATE — The alert Richard Salt has discovered a site where the radio play is celebrated and, if you really poke around the page, can be downloaded. It’s mega-discreetly located under the ‘dl‘ hyperlink at the foot of the page.