Category Archives: Interview
So, maintaining my tradition (of a year ago *ahem*), I am officially calling in 2015 with a Canadian.
Last year it was the delightful Leah Cairns (who I will absolutely be bringing back for a chat!)…this year, Culturally Fixated is joined by the equally fabulous and hilarious
Where to start!! There’s something about Magda that made it just *IMPOSSIBLE* for me to stay in interview mode – she’s that sort of person that I immediately started chatting to as though we were life long friends!
We discuss Christmas and her two Christmas TVM for Scifi (I refuse to call them siffy) – Snowmageddon and the 12 Disasters of Christmas.
Then we took a meander down ‘genera’ lane and chat about the appeal of Sci Fi and the huge emotions and stories that can be told. Kyle XY, Caprica, Caontinuum, Battlestar Galactica – it’s so wonderful to find an actor that loves ‘my’ shows as much as I do.
Oh, and did I mention she’s a Buffy fan. There’s a point where you can almost hear us swoon across two different continents over Spike…that is to say James Masters.
We cast a quick eye over two of her recent (released if not shot recently) films – A Reason and The Green Inferno and Magda compares the mediums of TV and film to come round to a favourite medium for telling stories.
We briefly touch upon some of her hobbies outside of acting – including travelling and both her Canadian and Polish roots. Finally we chat about the upcoming year!
Some of the music that we both love!
Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!
Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive
What a chat!! We cover all sorts of everything – we dove straight in and began discussing Marvel, comics, Agents of SHIELD and Reed’s reunion with Jed Whedon, Mo Tancharoen and Dichen Lachman. From there – it was a hectic head first trip down the rabbit hole as we covered Rossum, Hydra, the spectrum of TV villains and the parallels of the fictional and real world.
Then onto Reed’s insanely busy 2014 – from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again.
All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall – yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader – even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells.
Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish).
Cult Fix Season 4, Episode 4 – Interview with Sandeep Parikh
As a Christmas treat, Cult Fix (me!) was joined by the charming, multi-talented and funny Sandeep Parikh!
Unfortunately the first three minutes of the recording went completely bonkers – it sounded as though we were under water for some strange reason. Then, without any rhyme or reason, it all played beautifully. Weird!!
Sandeep and I had a great chat about all sorts of everything. It’s so delightful when you just get into a conversation flow, you know?
Particular highlights for me included discussing the art of being funny – or learning how to take comedy seriously; his favourite film (and the resultant fan boy moment).
We also discussed how improv has influenced his work; the balancing act of writing, directing and acting and the importance of working with and creating a community of similarly minded creative folks.
There’s also a little glimpse into what 2015 has in store both for Sandeep and Effing Funny.
Say hi to Sandeep on twitter – @SandeepParikh
A few months ago I bumped into a few members of Leeds based electro-indie band Munich while waiting for a gig.
Naturally, we got to talking. They seemed to be pretty cool lads so I arranged to have a bit of a chat with them about their band, music and Leeds.
Obviously, it’s taken us just AGES to arrange something but finally we sat down in Cafe 164 and had a natter!
Meet Gareth (2nd in the photo!). Then go listen to their music!!
Hope that you enjoy!
Video for their single The Home
Visit their website – Munich Band
Tweet the band – @MunichLeeds
Like on Facebook – Band Munich
Hear some of their sounds – SoundCloud
And finally – Instragram
Some background on the band:
Munich was formed by six friends studying music production and music technology at Leeds Met, and the band come from all parts of the UK and Ireland.
Culturally Fixated is officially in hog heaven!Drum roll please.
For the first Podcast of 2014, I’m all a-flutter to welcome the originator of one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite TV shows – Racetrack from Battlestar Galactica herself
Leah and I met at a SF convention last year and found ourselves chatting away like old friends in no time. Asking her to join us for a chat was both logical and obvious.
Actually finding the time to make the recording on the other hand was a task of epic proportions! I’m talking Hobbit-like people. (Films not the slenderest of slender books)
It’s a weird thing about talented people. They seem to always be working…
We chat about all sorts of things. From Leah’s origins as a dancer through her epic backpack years (!) to her realization that she wanted to act…in India…while visiting a mediation centre. Perhaps this should come with a Random Alert warning, let alone language and spoilers!
We then discuss Battlestar Galactica – her audition, input into her character and the Racetrack arc as a whole. Along the way, expect constant little tidbits about the cast and crew Leah was working alongside. As Leah notes, no one really understands these characters as well as the actors who portray them!
Interstellar – Chris Nolan’s soon to be released film, Kyle XY, Sanctuary, Fargo, The Tomorrow People and Leah’s dream projects are also explored along the way.
Finally, we take a look at Leah’s Go Fund Me campaign for two adorable little girls who are living with very dangerous conditions. There are details on how you can get involved after the links.
If you’d like to help, take a peek at I walk 4 Savannah and Seattle – their project page on facebook.
Chat to Leah on twitter – @LeahCairns
|Savannah as Starbuck!|