Useful idiots at the grassroots – Kony 2012

Published in Red Mist, 16th March 2012


From the early 70s until the early 90s, West German train stations, post offices, and other public places were routinely equipped with the infamous ‘Terroristen’ posters parading mugshots of wanted Red Army Faction militants. A hefty reward was promised for any relevant information leading to capture – but, perhaps unsurprisingly, not one RAF member was ever caught based on these posters, seeing as any reasonable terrorist would drastically change their appearance the moment their picture went public. Continue reading


Sex workers speaking for themselves?

Published in Red Mist Reviews, 19th June 2011

“Because sex workers shouldn’t be dead to be on film”, argued the promo blurb for London’s first Sex Worker Film Festival. And who, aside from Henry from Portrait of a Serial Killer, could disagree? Continue reading

My Brother Is An Only Child by Daniele Luchetti (2007)

Here’s your only ever chance to watch someone kick the shit out of somebody else while shouting “since when do you give a fuck about Beethoven?!”

Daniele Luchetti’s movie My Brother Is An Only Child tells the story of two brothers growing up in an Italian smalltown in the 60s. Manrico gets laid and joins the local communist movement while his younger brother Accio doesn’t get laid and becomes a neo-fascist bully. So far, so familiar, but changes are underway.

Initially attracted to the fascists by their radical posturing, uncompromising methods, and the strong sense of social justice they seem to espouse, Accio eventually learns they aren’t the revolutionaries they claim to be. -Read more>

Funny Games by Michael Haneke (2008)

One thing I was apprehensive about when I went to see Haneke’s US remake of his own Austrian-made 1998 cult classic was its possible merciless mainstreamisation to woo a larger US audience. In place of the John Zorn score that violently crashes into the introductory sequence of the original, I expected Slipknot, or whatever else Americans find scary these days. -Read more>

Tura Satana interview

Tura Satana is usually remembered as Varla, the ultimate bad girl from Russ Meyer’s 1966 cult movie Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Only true schlock aficionados are also familiar with her parts in Ted Mikels’s 1968 sci-fi horror effort, The Astro-Zombies, and his madman-against the-world trash feast, The Doll Squad (1974).

Through her stunning looks and otherworldly presence, Tura made any potboiler worth your while and could turn a solid b-movie like Faster Pussycat into a classic. Sexy and tough, charismatic and intimidating all at the same time, she remains one of the most unforgettable actresses in film history.

I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her career in the movies and her life before and after.

ZZ: Where did you grow up, Tura?

TS: I grew up in Chicago, Illinois… on the West Side of Chicago.

ZZ: I heard you were a tough kid and member of a girl gang.

TS: Yes, I was in a girls gang after I was raped at the age of 10. It was a girls gang that could take care of themselves, but we didn’t go around looking for trouble. Usually we went looking to prevent trouble, especially to other girls.

ZZ: Some sources claim that you started go-go dancing at the age of thirteen. Is that true? -Read more>