Larry Cohen RIP

zine-cover“Enough is never enough.”

Larry Cohen was the inspiration for our first zine, and the only filmmaker who we’ve devoted an entire issue to. He gave up his time for a lengthy transatlantic phone call from a fan with minimal credentials, and was funny, forthcoming and patient with some extremely geeky questions. He answered all of them before he had to sign off, but we could’ve picked his brains for hours more, on Black Caesar, God Told Me To, It’s Alive, Q, The Stuff and Wicked Stepmother.

And we could’ve written so much more – on the still unsung The Private Files of J Edgar Hoover, Special Effects, The Ambulance, the much-too-easily overlooked sequels A Return to Salem’s Lot and It’s Alive III: Island of the Alive – because, thankfully, his filmography – especially as a writer (and so many unproduced scripts!) – has so much more great stuff to discover.

Larry wrote like a demon, could finish a script almost as quickly as it took him to dictate it, but he had a 700-page autobiography on the shelf, “Because I think that there’s more to write, there’s more to tell. So, I haven’t finished yet.” It was hard to believe he ever would, but if it’s anything like his films, it’ll be one hell of a book.

RIP, maestro.

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Show + Tell

Show + Tell FacebookWhat’s the best film you’ve never heard of? Our new Show + Tell event (at ISO Design, Glasgow on 23/10) invites guests simply to share a trailer and some of their unique perspective on cinema. Confirmed guests for the first Show + Tell include:

Claire Biddles (Writer)
Calvin Halliday (Programmer, Pity Party Film Club)
Lydia Honeybone (Programmer, Queer Classics Film Festival)
Megan Mitchell (Programmer, Cage-a-rama 2: Cage Uncaged)
Findlay Tishbite (Broadcaster, Video Namaste)
Sean Welsh (Programmer, Matchbox Cineclub)
+ more TBA

Show + Tell is the latest in our series of occasional live events. Previous collaborations with Glasgow Film Festival include Bad Romance (2016), Patsies! (2017) and Anti-Villains (2018). Show + Tell was originally part of the Scalarama Glasgow 2018 programme, rescheduled due to adverse weather conditions.

Email sean@physicalimpossibility.com if you would like to take part. If this first, experimental night works, Show + Tell may become a regular event.


Show + Tell takes place at ISO Design, Glasgow, on Tuesday 23/10/18 – free entry. Keep up to date and help spread the word with the Facebook event here.

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Anti-Villains

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The anti-villain is the inverse of the anti-hero, the opposite of the Rebel Heroes of Glasgow Film Festival’s retrospective strand. They’re the complicated or conflicted baddie or the sympathetic antagonist. To explain this concept, for Anti-Villains at Glasgow Film Festival, we developed the Gregory Personality S-Peck-trum.

On one end, Gregory Peck as one of literature and cinema’s greatest heroes, Atticus Finch, in To Kill A Mockingbird (1962). On the other, Peck as mad Nazi Josef Mengele in The Boys From Brazil (1978). Clearly a villain.

Then there’s Peck as the equivocal protagonist of The Gunfighter (1950), Jimmy Ringo. The fastest gun in the west, he’s certainly not squeaky-clean (look at that black hat) but ultimately redeems himself in the eyes of his estranged wife and child. Anti-hero!

And finally, there’s Gregory Peck again, in Duel in the Sun (1946), where he’s a murderous outlaw cowboy romantically entangled with “half-breed” Jennifer Jones. The film climaxes with a shoot out between them, though they ultimately die in each other’s arms. Anti-villain!

Sometimes it’s a matter of perspective and often a story told from another direction would recast its heroes and villains. The point is, it’s a (Gregory) spectrum and sometimes the only difference between an anti-hero and an anti-villain is just shades of grey.

Sean Welsh


Physical Impossibility presents Anti-Villains took place at Glasgow Film Festival 2018. Buy back issues of Physical Impossibility at our Big Cartel shop here.

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Anti-Villains: Queer Villains

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“The sexuality of LGBTQ+ villains is often framed as central to their untrustworthiness and threat to society. But can we look past Hollywood’s broad strokes and find something that resonates with our own messy experiences? From Norman Bates and Tom Ripley to Catherine Deneuve’s bisexual vampire in The Hunger, we take a sympathetic look at our favourite queer baddies.”

Claire Biddles, Queer Villains

If you’re tired of Rebel Heroes, try an Anti-Villain! While Glasgow Film Festival 2018 celebrates the former, Physical Impossibility considers the latter – the love-to-hate them, so-bad-they’re-good, well-meaning scum of the cinematic earth. They’re the charismatic antidote to the basic brave. They’re the pitiable something-to-proves versus the got-it-all-worked outs. They’re the misunderstood altruists working towards the greater good, defeated by the short-sighted smart-arses. And they’re any time Alan Rickman wears a beard. Join Physical Impossibility’s cadre of experts as they discuss all the times you wish the good guys had lost.


Anti-Villains, 6.30pm 22/02/18 at CCA Glasgow. This event will be BSL-interpreted.

This is a free but ticketed show. Free tickets will only be available on the day from the venue where the event is taking place, when the CCA box office opens. First come, first served (maximum 2 tickets per person).

Keep up-to-date with the Anti-Villains Facebook event here.

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Anti-Villains: Embracing the Matrix

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“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.” Almost twenty years have passed since a man of limited emotional range but impeccable hair chose the red pill offered him and fulfilled his dial-up-internet-Christ destiny by overthrowing humanity’s oppressor. But as the age of Alt-Right frogs and Twitter demagogues brings us ever closer to the scorched sky ‘desert of the real’, isn’t it time we asked “was Agent Smith right, is humanity a virus? And should we in fact welcome, with open arms, the benevolent, binary-coded, dictatorship of The Matrix?”

Craig McClure, Embracing the Matrix

If you’re tired of Rebel Heroes, try an Anti-Villain! While Glasgow Film Festival 2018 celebrates the former, Physical Impossibility considers the latter – the love-to-hate them, so-bad-they’re-good, well-meaning scum of the cinematic earth. They’re the charismatic antidote to the basic brave. They’re the pitiable something-to-proves versus the got-it-all-worked outs. They’re the misunderstood altruists working towards the greater good, defeated by the short-sighted smart-arses. And they’re any time Alan Rickman wears a beard. Join Physical Impossibility’s cadre of experts as they discuss all the times you wish the good guys had lost.


Anti-Villains, 6.30pm 22/02/18 at CCA Glasgow. This event will be BSL-interpreted.

This is a free but ticketed show. Free tickets will only be available on the day from the venue where the event is taking place, when the CCA box office opens. First come, first served (maximum 2 tickets per person).

Keep up-to-date with the Anti-Villains Facebook event here.

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Anti-Villains: In Defence of the Heathers

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“Blunt, brutal, fashionable and framed for us to hate them. The three namesakes of Heathers do not deserve to shoulder the blame for the social structures Veronica and problematic fav JD fight again, there is a bigger villain at work here; the patriarchy. Taking a chainsaw to the assumption ‘plastics’ are at fault for all on screen teen highs school problems we examine how young, socially secure women are wrongfully villainised.”

Megan Mitchell, In Defence of the Heathers

If you’re tired of Rebel Heroes, try an Anti-Villain! While Glasgow Film Festival 2018 celebrates the former, Physical Impossibility considers the latter – the love-to-hate them, so-bad-they’re-good, well-meaning scum of the cinematic earth. They’re the charismatic antidote to the basic brave. They’re the pitiable something-to-proves versus the got-it-all-worked outs. They’re the misunderstood altruists working towards the greater good, defeated by the short-sighted smart-arses. And they’re any time Alan Rickman wears a beard. Join Physical Impossibility’s cadre of experts as they discuss all the times you wish the good guys had lost.


Anti-Villains, 6.30pm 22/02/18 at CCA Glasgow. This event will be BSL-interpreted.

This is a free but ticketed show. Free tickets will only be available on the day from the venue where the event is taking place, when the CCA box office opens. First come, first served (maximum 2 tickets per person).

Keep up-to-date with the Anti-Villains Facebook event here.

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Anti-Villains at Glasgow Film Festival

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Physical Impossibility are teaming up with Glasgow Film Festival again, to bring Anti-Villains to their 2018 Behind The Scenes strand! Our team of six invited guests will each present on the best-worst baddies, the loveable scum of the cinematic earth. Our contributors this year are:

Claire Biddles (Sad Girl Cinema)
Megan Mitchell (Matchbox Cineclub)
Craig McClure (Physical Impossibility)
Jessica McGoff (Video Essayist)
Video Namaste
Sean Welsh (Physical Impossibility, Matchbox Cineclub)

Anti-Villains is the latest event Physical Impossibility has produced for GFF, following GFF16’s Bad Romance and GFF17’s Patsies! Like its predecessors, Anti-Villains is a response to GFF’s retrospective strand, this year dedicated to Rebel Heroes. The brochure blurb explains it all:

If you’re tired of Rebel Heroes, try an Anti-Villain! While GFF celebrates the former, Physical Impossibility considers the latter – the love-to-hate them, so-bad-they’re-good, well-meaning scum of the cinematic earth. They’re the charismatic antidote to the basic brave. They’re the pitiable something-to-proves versus the got-it-all-worked outs. They’re the misunderstood altruists working towards the greater good, defeated by the short-sighted smart-arses. And they’re any time Alan Rickman wears a beard. Join Physical Impossibility’s cadre of experts as they discuss all the times you wish the good guys had lost.

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Anti-Villains, 6.30pm 22/02/18 at CCA Glasgow.

This is a free but ticketed show. Free tickets will only be available on the day from the venue where the event is taking place, when the CCA box office opens. First come, first served (maximum 2 tickets per person).

This event will be BSL-interpreted.

Keep up-to-date with the Anti-Villains Facebook event here.

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