Friday, 1 December 2017

Film Essays vol 1 - The Border (1982)

It's just been announced over on Powerhouse Film's website that I've written a brand new essay for their forthcoming blu-ray release of the 1982 Jack Nicholson thriller The Border.

The blu-ray is released on 22nd January 2018 and my essay will feature in the collector's booklet on the initial limited edition blu-ray run of 3,000 copies.

Here's the details:

(Tony Richardson, 1982)
Release date: 22 January 2018
Limited Blu-ray Edition (UK Blu-ray premiere)

Jack Nicholson (The Last Detail, Wolf) gives one of his finest and most subtle performances as a hard-working but deeply disillusioned Mexican border-guard in this tough thriller from renowned British filmmaker Tony Richardson (Look Back in Anger, A Taste of Honey).

• High Definition remaster
• Original mono audio
• Audio Commentary with critic and film historian Nick Pinkerton
• The Guardian/NFT Tribute to Tony Richardson (1992, tbc mins): archival audio recording of an interview at London's National Film Theatre
• Original theatrical trailer
• Image gallery: on-set and promotional photography
• New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by author Scott Harrison, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and historic articles on the film
• UK premiere on Blu-ray
• Limited Edition of 3,000 copies

BBFC cert: 18

You can pre-order the blu-ray at the following links:

Powerhouse Films website:



Thursday, 2 March 2017

Anthology Update - Full ToC for books!

At last I can finally reveal the full ToC for both of the forthcoming anthologies I've been busily working on over the past few months. Both anthologies will be published this year!

First up is the SF anthology, Frontier Worlds, which will be published in hardback in June:

 - Zarla's World     by Eric Brown
 - My Last Death   by Jacqueline Rayner
 - Weak Gods of Mars   by Ken MacLeod
 - Endangered Species   by Scott Harrison
- Last Born   by Tanith Lee
- Durance Vile   by Michael Cobley
- Rodeo Day    by Philip Palmer
- The Eternity Wing   by Sadie Miller
- Hostile Takeover   by Gav Thorpe
- Hidden Depths   by Justin Richards
- The Expert System's Brother   by Adrian Tchiachovsky
- In the Speed of their Wings Keep Pace   by Storm Constantine

Second, we have the characters from classic literature anthology, Lost Tales, which will be published in hardback in November:

- The Governess   [featuring Professor Challenger]    by Stephen Gallagher
- A Life Unwanted   [featuring Frankenstein's Monster]   by Trevor Baxendale
- Smoke on the Wind   [featuring Richard Hannay]   by Juliet E. McKenna
- James   [featuring Captain Hook]   by Sadie Miller
- Blood Runs Thicker   [featuring Lord Ruthven]   by Wayne Simmons
- Dido, Queen of Carthage   [featuring Dido]   by Susan Murray
- Raffles and the Walker in the Wind   [featuring Raffles]   by Adam Landau
- Alice Down Under   [featuring Alice]   by Gary Russell
- Scar Tissue   [featuring Mina Harker]   by Scott Harrison
- Island of the Wolves   [featuring Lemuel Gulliver]   by Philip Palmer

I hope to bring you details of the cover artwork for both books very soon.