We’ve been keen to get Mark Hartley onto the show since the very beginning. Hartley’s trilogy of kinetic film documentaries – Not Quite Hollywood, Machete Maidens Unleashed and Electric Boogaloo – are celebrations of the type of cinema often ignored or dismissed by academics and documentarians, and we knew that whichever filmmaker Hartley picked to talk about on the show would be in a similar vein.
And sure enough, he’s gone with Ingmar Bergman.
No, not really.
He’ll actually be talking about the films of John Hough.
Not sure who John Hough is? It’s not a name you hear often. Hough has an eclectic filmography: he directed Hammer horror Twins of Evil in 1971, Disney’s The Watcher in the Woods in 1980, the adventure adaptation Biggles in 1986, and a bunch of Barbara Cartland TV movies in the ’90s. You really can’t pin him down, which is what makes him such a fascinating choice.
Why did Hartley go with Hough over all other filmmakers? You’ll have to listen in on November 30 to find out.