The Golden Blasters

The Golden Blasters: Die Schneider Krankheit

We're delighted to announce our next Golden Blaster nominee by the wonderful director, Javier Chillon. Die Schneider Krankheit from Spain, goes a little something like this...

"See the beginning of the end!

"It's the nineteen-fifties and a Soviet space capsule crashes in West Germany. It's only passenger, a Chimpanzee Cosmonaut begins to spread a deadly virus....."

John Vaughan says  that Die Schneider Krankheit is "a brilliant and chilling look at an alternate 1950's through the style of a faux newsreel, capturing perfectly the atmosphere of such classics as The Quatermass Xperiment and Invasion of the Body Snatchers!"

We can't wait! The festival, it approaches from the east...

John Vaughan: The Golden Blasters Interview

As interest in the first National Irish Science Fiction Film Awards (AKA The Golden Blasters) grows, we here at Octocon HQ took a moment out from measuring our tuxedos and fabulous designer dresses to ask director John Vaughan not only what he will be wearing but a few questions about the festival itself.

Octocon: So what gave you the idea of having a film festival at Octocon?

John Vaughan: Over the past few years I've been travelling to some film festivals and I've seen some excellent genre short films - especially from Ireland. However, the main medium for exhibition is just film festivals so unlike the big budget Hollywood blockbuster very few people get to see these films. Having discussed it at length with the Octocon committee, we felt it was time to bring some of these films to the attention of the Octocon audience who we knew would enjoy and appreciate them. Hence the Golden Blasters.

O: What can we expect?

JV: Fun! The most important thing to know is that these films have been selected on the basis that they are entertaining to watch. You wouldn't believe the amount of festivals I've attended where you have to sit through a film such as the one about the perils of Growing Cabbages in northern France. Yes, such films exist. So while we've selected entries chiefly for entertainment value, it doesn't mean they don't have something to say.

O: Will the festival just be sci-fi films?

JV: No. This festival is open to the genres of horror, science fiction and fantasy. This year we are looking at a good mix of horror and science fiction with variations from alternate history to out-and-out comedy.

The Golden Blasters: Vespers

Nominated for a Canadian International Film Festival award in 2008 and widely acclaimed, Octocon is proud to announce our next Golden Blasters nominee, Vespers, directed and produced by David Lilley and Stephen Grey.


John Vaughan says:

"Made for just £1000, Vespers is a film which captures perfectly the spirit of British Science fiction  that has captured the imagination of readers since the 19th century. With strong references to the works of MR James, HG Wells and John Wyndham, this brilliant short portrays an alternate end of the Victorian era with a nice little sting in it's tale to boot!"

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