Physical Impossibility is a movie zine published in Glasgow, Scotland. Edited by Sean Welsh, it features an equal mix of original writing and illustration. Read more about it in Central Station’s article here.
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Patsies! at Glasgow Film Festival
Patsies! A Celebration of the Cinematic Loser was a live event hosted by Physical Impossibility at Glasgow Film Festival 2017, with guests speakers Dr Becky Bartlett, Claire Biddles (FWYL, Sad Girl Cinema), Kate Coventry (LightShow Film Club), Craig McClure (Physical Impossibility), Edward Ross (Filmish) and Video Namaste.
Bad Romance at Glasgow Film Festival
Bad Romance was a sold-out live event hosted by Physical Impossibility at Glasgow Film Festival 2016, with guests speakers Dr Becky Bartlett, Claire Biddles (Miss B Presents…), Morvern Cunningham (VHS Trash Fest), Cayley James (Document International Human Rights Film Festival), Craig McClure (Physical Impossibility), Shona McCombes (Consolatory Nonsense) and Kris Petrov (Grosvenor Cinema).
#4: Guide To World Cinema
A5, 28 pages, black and white digital printing, saddle stitched, 2017
Physical Impossibility #4: Guide to World Cinema features original writing by Ryan Atkinson, Ryan Balmer, Ed Glaser, Craig McClure, Paul McGarvey, Harriet Warman, Sean Welsh and Craig Woods alongside illustrations by Jon Adam, Sara Alonso-Martinez, Laura Aitchison, Emily Chappell, Saffron Conley, Ciara Dunne, Valpuri Karinen, Erin McGrath, Alexander Mitchell and Alana Richards.
Sometimes, certain types of films rely on a very particular set of temporal and geographical circumstances to flourish. From 1985 Winnipeg to 1980s Paris, from Communist Yugoslavia to Giallo Italy, from the transgression of New York to the heroic bloodshed of 90s Hong Kong, Guide to World Cinema is dedicated to breaking the hands off the clock, bounding back and forth across the globe and generally getting lost in a series of beautiful and unique cinematic snowstorms.
A5, 24 pages, black and white digital printing, saddle stitched, 2015
Physical Impossibility #3: Copywrongs features original writing by Nicola Balkind, Ryan Balmer, Ian Dunn, Craig McClure, Paul McGarvey, Harriet Warman and Sean Welsh alongside beautiful illustrations by Jon Adam, Emily Chappell, Peony Gent, Ken Da Koalah, Valpuri Karinen, Claudia Nova, L See and Drew Walker.
Copywrongs is inspired by films which have flaunted copyright in one way or another. Films like FW Murnau’s Nosferatu, which barely survived being wiped from history by court order, Never Say Never Again, the rogue “unofficial” Bond remake which brought Sean Connery back to the role, or the legendary classic of Turkish remakesploitation, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam AKA Turkish Star Wars, which back-projected clips from Star Wars in lieu of expensive special effects.
#2: Popcorn Droppers
A5, 20 pages, black and white digital printing, saddle stitched, 2014
Physical Impossibility #2: Popcorn Droppers features original writing by Sean Welsh, Ryan Balmer, Matt Carman, Craig McClure, Paul McGarvey and Harriet Warman with original illustrations from Laura Aitchison, Ciara Dunne, Stephen Kelly, Jon Paul Milne, Jack Somerville, ID Stewart and Kseniya Yarosh.
This issue (inspired by Nick Cave’s description of his ill-fated Gladiator 2 script: “I enjoyed writing it because I knew on every level that it was never going to get made… It’s what’s called a popcorn dropper.“) explores the wonderful world of the too-weird-to-live movie, from Tim Burton’s Superman Lives to Russ Meyers’ Sex Pistols movie, Who Killed Bambi?
The zine was launched at Glasgow Film Festival 2014, on Tuesday 25/02 at Saramago.
Read the introduction here.
#1: The Films of Larry Cohen
A5, 20 pages, black and white digital printing, saddle stitched, edition of 50, 2013. Second printing in unlimited edition, 2015.
Physical Impossibility #1: The Films of Larry Cohen features all-new writing by Sean Welsh and original illustrations by Ryan Bharaj, Russell Elder, Victoria Firth, Sarah Amy Fishlock, Stephen Kelly, Erin McGrath and Claudia Nova.
This issue also incorporates an exclusive interview with Larry Cohen himself, conducted in September 2013. The zine covers the whole of the legendary director’s career in film, focussing on six movies: Black Caesar, God Told Me To, Q The Winged Serpent, The Stuff, Maniac Cop and Wicked Stepmother.
The first, limited edition of issue #1 of Physical Impossibility is SOLD OUT. Remaining copies may still be available from the stockists listed below. The second printing, in an unlimited edition – redesigned with a new Larry Cohen interview insert – is now available.
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And from Good Press’s online store, here.
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And from Forbidden Planet’s online store, here.
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Jon Adam (#3) | Laura Aitchison (#2) | Nicola Balkind (#3) | Ryan Balmer (#2 & #3) | Ryan Bharaj (#1) | Matt Carman (#2) | Emily Chappell (#3) | Ian Dunn (#3) | Ciara Dunne (#2) | Russell Elder (#1) | Victoria Firth (#1) | Sarah Amy Fishlock (#1) | Peony Gent (#3) | Valpuri Karinen (#3) | Stephen Kelly (#1 & #2) | Ken Da Koalah (#3) | Jon Paul Milne (#2) | Craig McClure (#2 & #3)| Paul McGarvey (#2 & #3) | Erin McGrath (#1) | Claudia Nova (#1 & #3) | L See (#3) | Jack Somerville (#2) | ID Stewart (#2) | Drew Walker (#3) | Harriet Warman (#2 & #3) | Kseniya Yarosh (#2)