EVENTS

WE ARE CULT: BRISTOL MEET

❉ Join us for the very first WE ARE CULT one-day convention in Bristol! A fun, friendly celebration of cult TV!

Remember hiding behind the sofa for Doctor Who, being traumatised by Ghostwatch, going treasure-hunting with the Famous Five, going In At The Deep End with Chris Serle, laughing with 2point4children, End of Part One, Whoops Apocalypse and Red Dwarf? More recently, you’ve probably enjoyed the Philomena Cunk specials and the best-selling and hugely popular Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series! If so, We Are Cult‘s debut convention, its BRISTOL MEET is the event for you!
The first We Are Cult convention, WE ARE CULT BRISTOL MEET, is a one-day event in Bristol this June, where we will present a series of informal, intimate panels with writers, actors and creators from the worlds of cult film and television, including a few surprises along the way. This unique, one-day event is happening on Saturday 22 June, 2019, at To The Moon, 27-29 Midland Road, Bristol BS2 0JT.

Tickets are £30.00 each. Content warning: Some of the discussions might not be suitable for minors.

MC: SAM MICHAEL

A regular contributor to We Are Cult, Sam Michael is a stand-up comedian who has enjoyed great success on the comedy circuit and is host of his own show on Kennet Radio. From the same county as Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Charlie Brooker, Sam brings a likeable innocence to the stage!

THE REVIEW OF DEATH on Season 26

Join popular Doctor Who vloggers The Review of Death, aka Matthew Toffolo and Billy Garratt-John, on a whirlwind retrospective of Doctor Who’s last “Classic” season, which turns 30 this year!

CHRIS CHAPMAN

Chris Chapman is an award-winning documentary-maker and writer who currently works on the BBC’s Doctor Who Blu-Ray range, as well as penning adventures for Big Finish. Chris shall be chatting all things Who – Blu-Ray, DVD and Big Finish – with exclusive clips too!

STEPHEN VOLK

“Stephen Volk has, over a 30-year career, made a name for himself as one of the UK’s leading purveyors of soul-chilling horror” —SciFi Now

Stephen Volk is probably best known as the BAFTA-winning writer of the notorious Ghostwatch, which spooked the nation and was recently voted one of the top British horror films of all time. Stephen will be in conversation with freelance writer and editor Will Salmon (SFX, Total Film, The Quietus, Digital Spy, Star Wars Insider, Clash).

MERCH MUNCH & MINGLE

There’ll be an hour long break, where you can hang out with other guests, suss out new merch from Candy Jar Books, and take part in a pop-up board games table.

Award-winning publisher Candy Jar Books are the independent publisher of the popular Lethbridge-Stewart series. Writers Nick Walters and Andy Frankham-Allen will be present!

Join mad Welsh wizard Craig Andrews in a pop-up board games session!

ANDREW MARSHALL with ROB GRANT

Andrew Marshall is the writer of 2point4children, Dad, Health & Efficiency and Strange for the BBC; and a co-writer of Whoops Apocalypse, The Burkiss Way, Alexei Sayle’s Stuff and End of Part One. Comedy writer, TV producer Rob Grant is the co-creator of Red Dwarf and was head writer of Spitting Image. They will be discussing all this and their BBC Radio 4 series The Quanderhorn Xperimentations.

The panel is chaired by Jem Roberts, the official chronicler of I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue, Blackadder, Douglas Adams and Fry & Laurie! Jem’s work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Guardian, Rolling Stone, SFX, Total Film and many more.

CHRIS SERLE

In 1969, Bristolian Chris Serle joined the BBC as a radio producer. After five years with Radios 2 and 4, and some moonlighting appearing in sketches in Dave Allen At Large on BBC TV, he transferred to BBC Television as producer on the Parkinson show. He moved into full time reporting on That’s Life with Esther Rantzen and then made three series of In At The Deep End in which he learnt skills including ballroom dancing, snooker, opera-singing and skippering a yacht in the Fastnet Race. He presented The Computer Programme, Secret Coastline, Sailaway and Windmill, the BBC’s archive series. He has also presented People, 60 Minutes, LWT’s Friday Now and Points Of View.

Chris will be in conversation with writer Louis Barfe, author of Where Have All the Good Times Gone?, Turned Out Nice Again and The Trials and Triumphs of Les Dawson.

GARY RUSSELL

Gary Russell is best known for his involvement in Doctor Who in various media, but we won’t be talking about any of that! In this chat with Anthony Townsend, Gary will be discussing his time in The Phoenix and the Carpet, 1978 television series The Famous Five, and the fondly remembered Look & Read mini-drama Dark Towers. Interviewer Anthony Townsend recently played two roles in the Big Finish audio, Doctor Who: Iron Bright; and appeared in the Audio Visuals Doctor Who plays Truman’s Excellent Adventure and Justyce and the fan video project Devious.

JOEL MORRIS & JASON HAZELEY

Joel Morris & Jason Hazeley are among Britain’s busiest comedy writers. As well as co-writing the Philomena Cunk specials in which Diane Morgan plays documentary presenter Philomena Cunk, they also created the best-selling and hugely popular Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series. In Short Stories: Big laughs in small spaces, they will be talking about the art of making jokes in the shortest space possible (one liners, twitter, their Ladybird books, Cunk specials, etc) and how to get depth and character and gags into small gaps.

AFTERSHOW:

TALES OF BRITAIN

The finest, funniest stories of England, Scotland & Wales, refreshed for the 21st century. By Brother Bernard, as told to Jem Roberts.


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But, you ask, what is cult? That’s for you to decide. We go for the things that have fans – not just “oh, yeah, I quite like that” fans. Fans meaning fanatics. You’re into obscure movies that only you have seen (you’ve seen The Mad Doctor of Blood Island, of course). You’re into world-dominating programmes like Doctor Who. You’re the only person who has heard of Barış Manço, and you’re also one of the millions who love David Bowie.

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