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Special Editions are nice, quality hardback editions of select new Headpress titles, which are available up to twelve months before the trade paperback edition is in the shops or online. But what is NO ISBN? DAVID KEREKES explains ...
What is a Headpress Special Edition?

Two Ian Curtises

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the death of Ian Curtis, Joy Division frontman. We consider his iconic status and what, besides the music, helped shape it ...
Two Ian Curtises
Joel M. Reed directed only a few movies, but he will forever be known for his sleazy grand guignol classic Blood Sucking Freaks. JOHN SZPUNAR pays his respects ...
Afterword - Goodbye, Joel M Reed
Hong Kong films were typically subtitled in both Chinese and English, often very quickly. Multiple gaffes are the inevitable result. STEFAN HAMMOND has quite the collection ...
Hex Errors: A clutch of cracked subtitles

A Stink in Suburbia

The self-published fanzine Stink was a means for the young NICK CATO to write about the films he loved. Alas, the Xerox zine format is all but dead these days, much like the grindhouse cinemas in which Nick saw many films. Suburban Grindhouse is a marriage of the two.  ...
A Stink in Suburbia

Hong Kong video rental

Le Video in SF and Kim’s in NYC offered impressive selections of Hong Kong films, but many fans had to locate a rental shop in their local Chinatown. STEFAN HAMMOND explains ...
Hong Kong video rental
A critical look at the Netflix documentary series, Don’t F**k With Cats, which has earned both praise and opprobrium for its exploration of the case of Luka Magnotta. By Jennifer Wallis ...
Don’t F**k With Cats and the Online Spectacle of Death

Eight That Rip

"Subtitled Hong Kong films are no longer considered odd," says STEFAN HAMMOND, co-author of More Sex, Better Zen, Faster Bullets. Here are eight reasons why. Hong Kong is no longer the world’s third largest film industry nor is it a British colony. It’s now (take a deep breath) the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of ...
Eight That Rip
Dictators may be among the worst people in history, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t laugh at them. In My Favourite Dictators, CHRIS MIKUL tells the stories of eleven of the twentieth century’s most colourful and reviled human beings. Here he explains how and why he came to write his book, and who is in ...
My Favourite Dictators And Why
Scenes from the 2019 Offscreen Film Festival, Brussels. Nova Cinema. Photos of the Nova foyer by David Kerekes Death on Film International Conference Nova Cinema Belgium - 23 March 2019 - 13h30 Cinema Nova From cinema's earliest days, depictions of sexual acts on film were for restricted viewing only, whereas images ...
Death on Film International Conference
It took JOHN SZPUNAR over twenty years to write this book. He thought it would be about a New York filmmaker, Joel M. Reed. It kind of is. I started work on the book Blood Sucking Freak in 1998. I was twenty-four years old. I had visited New York City a few times prior to ...
Twin Donut, Or A Note From The Author

Magic Morning Wood

Clive Davies, the author of the film reviews book, Spinegrinder: The Movies Most Critics Won't Write About, now co-hosts a film podcast. Whereas the reviews in his book are very concise, each podcast devotes a lengthy discussion to a given movie. Says Clive: It's amateur in the extreme, and not 100% what I would do ...
Magic Morning Wood
How long is long in the music business? STEPHEN LEE NAISH looks at a future Manic Street Preachers. This will be a new beginning This will be a time for changing This will be never ending This will be a happy ending The Manic Street Preachers have never shied away from the inevitable demise of ...
This Will be a New Beginning
Author STEPHEN LEE NAISH answers a few questions on the Manic Street Preachers and why the album, Know Your Enemy. HEADPRESS: Why a book on this album, Know Your Enemy? STEPHEN LEE NAISH: The Manic Street Preachers were a subject I’d wanted to broach for a while. But I didn’t want to write a traditional ...
A Few Questions On The Manic Street Preachers

The Silent Walk

Eight months after the Grenfell high-rise tragedy in London, H. E. SAWYER joins the monthly walk that is part memorial, part silent protest. It’s a vile Valentine’s Day evening, cold and wet, perfect conditions for contracting pneumonia. Yet the motley crew gathered beneath the Brutalist edifice of Kensington Town Hall remain stoic in adversity. A ...
The Silent Walk