Tonight, live from Manchester, Mark, Lard and a Cult Movie Moment with Radio l's resident film buff Mark Kermode.
Continuingthe Hollywood Vietnam season of films is Alan Parker 's screen version of William Wharton's cult novel. Starring Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage
In a military mental hospital, a young man squats, withdrawn and silent.
Trying to revive him with reminiscences of their youth is his buddy, Al, a fellow casualty of the war in Vietnam. He recalls the simpler times, before the traumas of conflict turned their adolescent dreams into adult nightmares - the times before Birdy took his ultimate flight of fantasy.
(1984) Stereo Subtitled
FILM REVIEWS pages 47-56
Comedy fantasy starring
Lea Thompson , Tim Robbins
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Well, it's a duck! Meet Howard, an ordinary walking, talking, cigar-chomping inhabitant of the planet Duckworld, plucked from home to fight an evil force that threatens to destroy the Earth. Based on the cult Marvel comic, this unusual adventure features some remarkable special effects.
DirectorWillard Huyck (1986)
♦ FILM REVIEWS pages 49-57
Paul Vaughan reads a new novel from cult author Laurence Norfolk and a biography of the film director Lindsay Anderson.
Producer Jerome Weatheraid. Rvsd rpt 9.30pm
Jesus Army: Brothers In Arms
Many people believe that the Jesus Army has all the hallmarks of a cult. It has been portrayed by the media as evil and manipulative, often recruits vulnerable members of society, and encourages followers to live in closed communities, cut off from friends and family. This film examines the lives of people once they join.
Director Richard Cox : Series editor Richard Denton
' Horror, opening a short season of films by producer
Val Lewton, starring
Kim Hunter , Tom Conway
Mary Gibson tries to find her sister
Jacqueline, who has disappeared. Her investigation leads to a sinister cult.
Director Mark Robson (1943)
Black and white
The next film in the Val Lewton season is Cat People showing on Saturday 28 December at 12 midnight
â¦ See Films: pages 50-72 **
Followed by Weatherview
The cult-movie season continues with an offbeat drama, introduced by Mark Cousins.
When medical student Raymond goes home for a few days' holiday, his tyrannical father tells him he has to forgo a prestigious internship to look after his mother, who has broken her leg in a failed suicide attempt. Raymond and his sultry mother Susan soon become unusually close.
Director David O Russell (1994, 18)
See Films: pages 48-55
Russell Davies presents Radio 4's programme about films and film-going. In this edition: the customised B-movie; a location report on the new would-be cult horror Killer Tongue; how
Ken Russell got the cinematic fright of his life; and Ian Peacock on cinema names. Producer Mark Burman. Editor Simon Elmes
Repeated Tuesday 11.30pm
Continuing the portrait of the global entertainment industry. Premieres and Junkets. In an age dominated by the needs of the entertainment industry, the media are demanding more and more access to actors. Film stars, including Goldie Hawn,
Julia Roberts, Bruce Willis, Mel Gibson, Meg Ryan and George Clooney, talk about their role in the publicity machine. Plus a consideration of the contrasting marketing campaigns behind Independence Day and the UK relaunch of cult hit Quadrophenia. Directors/Producers Gina and Jeremy Newson
Mark Cousins introduces a double bill of cult films, which tonight deal with the disturbing subject of blind ambition.
9.50 Film premiere Storyville
Mystery drama starring
Cray Fowler , the favourite son of a powerful New Orleans family, is drawn by his political ambition and desires into a tortuous murder mystery that threatens to expose hisfamily's most shocking secrets.
Director Mark Frost (1992. 15)
♦ See Films: pages 42-47
The first of an eight-part series of live programmes, showing three times thisweek, capturingthe atmosphere of the Edinburgh Festival. Over the next three weeks comedian Mark Lamarr , joi ned by co-presenter Peter Curran , brings togetherthe festival's arts, comedy, cinema and literature highlights.
Tonight's programme includes an interviewwith comedian Rob Newman , for whom Edinburgh is a stop on a comeback tour, and a look at Velvet Goldmine, a tale of the glam-rock era which opens the film festival. Plus a celebration of the words and music of cult
French writer Serge Gainsbourg. Series producer Andrew Lockyer
Serieseditor May Miller WEBSITE: www.comedyzone.beeb.com/edinburgh98
Mark Cousins introduces director Alex Cox's cult crime thriller.
Crime thriller. Assigned to a lonely desert highway. naive patrolman Pedro faces corruption and temptation, accepting bribes and sliding into a relationship with a beautiful prostitute. Then departmental inefficiency leads to a tragedy and Pedro toughens up. In Spanish with English subtitles.
(1991,15) * See Films: pages 56-62 * *
Followed by Weatherview
Cult road movie, di rected by and starri ng
Also starring Peter Fonda
Two motorcyclists, Billy and Wyatt, decide to drop out and, with the money from a drug deal, travel across the US to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras.
Among the characters they encounter is George Hanson , an alcoholic lawyer, who decides to join them on their odyssey. A documentary about the making of this film follows at 1.35am.
(1969,18) * See Films: pp 50-57 *****
Roger Corman 's cult sci-fi film. TD (Total
Destruction) Day has arrived.
In the aftermath of the holocaust, seven survivors struggle to live on, all too aware of the mutantterrors that are lurking outside their shelter.
(1956, PG) Black and white ... + See Films: pages 56-67 **
Followed by Weatherview
Orpheus was the great musician of Greek myth. When he played his lyre, he could command all nature. He was music-maker to Jason and the Argonauts and at the centre of a religious cult. But the best known story is about what happens when Eurydice. Orpheus's true love, dies from a snake bite. Orpheus goes in search of her, charms the keepers of the underworld with his music and brings her back to life only to lose her again with a backward glance. It is a tragic journey which has inspired generations of composers. Oliver Taplin is joined by opera director
David Freeman to discuss the ways this tale has been realised in music, from Monteverdi's opera to Camus's film Black Orpheus. Producer Susan Marling
As Christianity became the dominant force in Europe, a religious movement was shaping the ancient Mayan civilisation of Central America. It was based upon the arrival of a messianic "fire child" into Mayan territory in AD 378. This film reveals evidence from an excavation in Honduras that suggests the Mayans were responsible for a cult of blood sacrifice.
Producer Alan Ereira ; Editor Laurence Rees (R) (S)
The generation-defining drama series about a group of young lawyers living in London returns for a repeat showing, featuring all 32 episodes in a continuous run. Contains some strong language and nudity. See Choice. This week's episodes written by Amy Jenkins and Richard Zajdlic Producer Jane Fallon ; Directors Audrey Cooke and Sam Miller
For cast see Tuesday and Thursday (R) (S) Football-free zone: page 27
Cult road movie starring Peter Fonda , Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson. Two motorcyclists use the money they made from a drug deal to travel across the States to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Among the characters they meet is an alcoholic lawyer who joins them on their odyssey.
Director Dennis Hopper (1969. 18) (S) Film of the week: page 55 *****
Paul Allen profiles the cult Japanese writer, director and performer Takeshi "Beat"
Kitano and discusses his new film Brother.
A double bill of films beginning a new season of cult movies from the dark side of life, introduced by Mark Cousins. (S)
- Blood and Wine
Crime drama starring Jack Nicholson , Stephen Dorff and featuring Michael Caine. Miami wine merchant Alex Gates hatches a plan with a seedy British crook to steal a million-dollar diamond necklace from a customer. Widescreen.
Director Bob Rafelson (1996. 15) (S) (W) Film of the week: page 53 ***