I was recently honoured to be invited to do some guest blogging for the 36 Styles website.
My first blog is about Chor Yuen’s wuxia pian ‘Roving Swordsman’.
“I was almost fooled!” ripostes Feng Rusung (played by Kwan Fung), one of the good guys in Chor Yuen’s Roving Swordsman, when confronted by one of many sleights of hand that take place during the course of this film’s plot. While it is a throwaway line in one of the early scenes, it is also apt, for Roving Swordsman is full of trickery and deceit as its protagonists and antagonists try to outwit each other.
To read the rest of the blog, and check out 36 Styles great new website, go here.
The excellent Kung Fu Movie Guide website is giving away a copy of my book as their monthly prize. All you have to do is sign up for their excellent monthly e-mail bulletin here.
The Kung Fu Movie Guide is a treasure trove of articles, reviews, and a podcast. They are great for keeping up with the latest news about the genre and essential for any serious fan of the genre.
Support the Gutterthon
I was happy and proud to contribute a copy of Ask for the Moon as a reward in this month’s Gutterthon. The book has already gone as a reward but, if you like “thoughtful writing about disreputable art”, you should still definitely head on over to the Gutterthon and support it.The Cultural Gutter is chockers full of great writing about all kinds of genres – sci-fi, horror, Bollywood, comics, fantasy, videogames, romance. There are many great rewards still on offer for the next 24 days, and you will have the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes out of supporting a website to pay its contributing writers.
Start Dis Podcast Interview Coming Up
Later this month I will be interviewed for the Start Dis Podcast, which describes itself thusly: “The StartDis podcast is for people of conscience, who value education and who love to learn a little bit about everything.”
The “little bit” I will be contributing to the interview will be musings about the nature of creativity, using the activities of Shaw Brothers filmmakers as an example. Stay tuned for further details.
And speaking about podcasts, you can check out an interview I did for the Bedrock Games podcast. Due to internet problems on the day the audio quality isn’t great, but I really enjoyed responding to the thoughtful questions I was asked. More information here.
Brendan from Bedrock Gamesrecently interviewed me about my book for the Bedrock Games podcast. We did the interview via Skype and struggled with the internet connection somewhat (like most Aussies, I was quick to lay the blame on our woeful internet speeds) but otherwise it was a really fun conversation. Brendan really knows his wuxia and shared some great questions and insights.
If you are a fan of the martial arts movie genre then the Bedrock Games blogand podcast is really well worth checking out.
If you want to listen to the podcast, then you can find it here.
“Action Every Minute! Tension Every Hour!” a slogan on Shaw Brothers Studios’ The Invincible Fist trailer promises. Shaw Brothers’ kung fu movies were lavish action-packed spectacles, but the story of their making is also epic, and one of twists and turns.
“An Adventure in A Million!” (The Golden Swallow)
In the 1960s, Hong Kong based Shaw Brothers Studios revolutionised martial arts filmmaking. Movie mogul Sir Run Run Shaw developed a production model to churn out handsome blockbusters quickly and cheaply. An assembly line approach kept his filmmakers busy – they made over 1000 films in two decades – but access to an extraordinary pool of resources meant they could “ask for the moon”. This book is a case study exploring how a brilliant, driven entrepreneur and his audaciously creative filmmakers conducted a bold experiment in business and movie-making innovation.
“A Result of Intensive Research” (Five Element Ninjas), Ask for the Moon will provide “An Unusual and Dramatic Tale” (Golden Swallow) for chop socky tragics, pop culture aficionados, and students of business model innovation alike.
“Female Knight’s Exciting Exploits!” (Come Drink with Me)
Author Meredith Lewis has more than 30 years’ experience as a performer, choreographer, trainer, events manager, and project manager in the arts, tertiary, and community sectors. In writing this book she has drawn on her experiences of working with creative teams to produce innovative content, and a long-standing passion for martial arts movies, which she has been writing about for the last 10 years.