Talking the new releases of May 2016 (Captain America: Civil War, Mustang, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot), looking at the vitriolic backlash against yet-to-be-released female-led blockbusters like Ghostbusters and Star Wars: Rogue One, and discussing the filmography of Jim Henson with Sophie Mayer and Alice Lowe – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 May 2016
Talking the new releases of April 2016 (Black Mountain Poets, Victoria, Our Little Sister), looking back at the works of legendary documentary filmmaker Shirley Clarke, and discussing the filmography of Antonia Bird with Sophie Mayer and Kate Hardie – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 30 April 2016
Talking the new releases of March 2016 (Anomalisa, The Pearl Button, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), looking at the push to stream new release films into our homes, and discussing the filmography of the Coen Brothers with Sophie Mayer and Martyn Pedler – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 March 2016
Talking the new releases of February 2016 (13 Hours, A Bigger Splash, Rams), asking if our feelings of fatigue towards new releases is universal, and discussing the filmography of Max Ophüls with Sophie Mayer and Laura Mulvey – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 January 2016
Official launch of Night Terrace season two, an audio science fiction comedy series co-created with John Richards, Ben McKenzie, Petra Elliott and David Ashtong
Talking the new releases of January 2016 (The Hateful Eight, Room, Creed), looking at how we use cinema to mourn our screen icons, and discussing the filmography of John Carpenter with Sophie Mayer and Garth Franklin – Hell Is For Hyphenates, 31 January 2016
Disappointing news that Lego has refused to supply blocks for controversial Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei’s upcoming installation. This is a huge change of tune given their classic, inclusive 1981 print ad.
I’ve finally figured out what my favouite sequel naming convention is.
It’s an important issue. How do you figure out the right way to name your follow-up? If you’re making multiple films within a franchise, do you simply add a number to the first film’s title, like Superman II did? Or do you add a whole word to create an action like Batman Returns? Or do you add unwieldy subtitles to the film to ensure it looks ridiculous at first then perceptive when the sequels arrive, like Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl? Do you try the first approach, then switch to the second halfway through, like Mission: Impossible? Or go with both subtitles and numbers when individual films are split up, like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One?
They’re all fine options, but the best is easily the Aliens model: add a single, random letter to the original title and create a whole new word! Unless I’ve completely misunderstood the Aliens title. But I don’t think I have.
Inspired by the brilliance of James Cameron’s franchise nomenclature, I’ve curated a selection of other great films and their sequels that have taken Cameron’s lead. Clearly, it’s the only way to go.