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Three Cult Movie Director Studies in hardcover for only £30.00 !!!




Provocative biography of the genius behind the cult classic British film Performance, starring Mick Jagger!

When Donald Cammell, the Scottish painter, filmmaker and novelist, committed suicide in 1996, he left behind a handful of unusual, innovative, frequently disturbing films. One of them - Mick Jagger's acting debut Performance - is now an acknowledged masterpiece of world cinema.

Donald Cammell was a wicked guy. I loved Donald, but he was wicked. I know so many people who will want to read this book.
- Roman Polanski

Donald Cammell's extraordinary life was shrouded in both mystery and legend. In this provocative and comprehensive biography, Sam and Rebecca Umland explore Cammell's remarkable life and times, from his father's friendship with the notorious Aleister Crowley, to Donald's early career as a society portrait painter in Chelsea and the beginning of his film career in Paris during the 'Swinging Sixties', via numerous doomed collaborations with Marlon Brando, to his final years of frustration and ultimate tragedy in Hollywood. In an effort to account for his wasted genius, the authors scrutinize revealing patterns in Cammell's life that help to unlock the enigma of his death.

Donald was a fascinating guy. He was interested in the mysteries of life, hinging on the spiritual.
- Mick Jagger

As well as comprehensive chapters dealing with each of Cammell's films, the book includes a complete, authoritative filmography of the work of Donald Cammell, including full credits for each of his films (with a detailed discussion of the cuts made to Performance prior to its release) the unfinished films, and films in which he appeared, including rare footage.

Donald was in love with death. That's why I cast him in Lucifer Rising as Osiris, Lord of Death.
- Kenneth Anger

Illustrated with many examples of Cammell's work as an artist, plus rare and previously unpublished photographs, and 32 stunning pages of full colour poster reproductions and film stills, this book sheds startling new light on one of Great Britain's most fascinating filmmakers.

How many geniuses do you get to work with in one life?
- Frank Mazzola, editor of Donald Cammell's Wild Side.


Exclusive foreword by Frank Mazzola (editor of Demon Seed, and star of Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden).

1. The Heart of Midlothian, 1934-1942
Discusses Cammell's family background, including his father's inheritance - and loss - of most of the Cammell-Laird shipbuilding fortune, as well as Donald's birth and early years.

2. Fort Augustus, 1942-1943
Cammell suffered at the Abbey School, located at the Benedictine monastery in Fort Augustus, Scotland. This chapter discusses this traumatic moment in Cammell's tragic life.

3. Portraits, 1944-1959
Examines Cammell's development as a painter. He became a celebrated London portrait artist by the age of 20. In 1954 he was admitted to the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts.

Intermezzo. Circus
Cammell spent some time with a travelling circus. Exclusively revealed here are Cammell's evocative sketches of circus life, and an essay he wrote extolling this dying tradition's virtues, which proved so important in shaping the artist's future endeavours.

4. Parisian Scenes, 1960-1967
Cammell settled in Paris in 1961, where he met the Rolling Stones and Anita Pallenberg, setting the stage for Performance. Extensive discussions of the first films, The Touchables (1968) and Duffy (1968).

5: Performance, 1967-1970
A detailed description of the making of Performance. Includes first-hand eyewitness accounts from members of the cast and crew, as well as previously hidden outtakes, the infamous 'Performance trims'.

6: Entr'acte, 1970-1974
The early seventies film projects, including the ambitious follow-up to Performance, titled Ishtar. Other projects include The Argument (eventually released 1999). Cammell appears as Osiris in Kenneth Anger's Lucifer Rising.

7: Demon Seed, 1975-1979
The making and critical reception of the science fiction/horror film, Demon Seed. Collaborative projects undertaken afterwards: Tilt (released 1979), Jack the Ripper, Hot!, and perhaps most important, his role as writer for hire with Marlon Brando, Fan-Tan.

8: White of the Eye, 1980-1988
Discussion of Cammell's best film since Performance, White of the Eye, which was written in collaboration with China Cammell, whom he married in 1978. Projects undertaken afterwards include 3000 (which became the smash hit Pretty Woman) and another collaboration with Marlon Brando, Jericho.

9: Wild Side, 1989-1995
Cammell's quarrel with Nu Image and the subsequent truncated cut of his last film, released to cable television in 1996. Wild Side was restored, with much fanfare, in 1999. Also discusses the disastrous estrangement with his wife, China, and his emotional and mental decline.

10: Blood of a Poet, 1995-1996
Donald's last, difficult months before his suicide in 1996. The chapter corrects the distortions and misperceptions of the circumstances of his death, providing a detailed discussion of his final hours.

An attempt to explain Cammell's deep-rooted life-long psychological problems, which eventually led to his tragic suicide.

i) Donald Cammell Filmography
ii) Other Works by Donald Cammell
iii) Unproduced Scripts
iv) Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Rebecca and Samuel Umland co-authored From Connecticut Yankees to Fisher Kings: The Use of Arthurian Legend in Hollywood Film (1996) which a reviewer for Choice said 'should be in every library in the world.' They have spoken and published widely on topics ranging from world cinema to the postmodern world of cyberculture. Together, they have written extensive essays on the work of such filmmakers as David Lynch, Ingmar Bergman, and Lars von Trier. Their writing has appeared in numerous countries, including the USA, UK, France, Germany, Australia and Hong Kong.

Technical Details

Size: 244mm x 171mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 304 pages, including 32 pages in full colour

ISBN: 978-1-903254-28-8

Publication Date: April 2006

Market: Cinema / Biography

Weight: 1005g

Edition: First Edition

Cover Price: £24.99 (UK) / $39.95 (US)



'In this brilliant study author Brad Stevens scrutinizes both the man and films with passion and precision. A killer-diller of a book!' (Film Review - Book of the Month)

Abel Ferrara - America's most enigmatic filmmaker

From The Driller Killer - a victim of the original 'video nasty' panic - to Bad Lieutenant and beyond, Abel Ferrara's films have attracted both controversy for their extreme subject matter and admiration for their fine acting: Harvey Keitel, Christopher Walken, Madonna, Lili Taylor, Willem Dafoe, Matthew Modine and Ice-T all gave their finest performances under Ferrara's direction. Now Brad Stevens has subjected Ferrara's output to exhaustive analysis and discovered a tender heart beating beneath the excessive imagery.

With chapters devoted to every film, television episode and music video - including accounts of the director's early shorts and his pseudonymous porn flick 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy - Abel Ferrara: The Moral Vision uses close textual readings to support Stevens's contention that Ferrara is among the most important cultural figures of our time. By invoking acknowledged masters in the fields of cinema and literature, the author establishes Ferrara's status, demonstrating how the stylistic practices of such masterpieces as Ms.45King of New YorkSnake EyesThe AddictionThe FuneralThe Blackout and New Rose Hotel express a generous and passionate morality.

The book includes a wealth of biographical information based on interviews with Ferrara and his most important collaborators, such as Joe Delia, Francis Delia, Ken Kelsch, Anthony Redman, Mary Kane, Randall Sabusawa, Douglas Metrov and Asia Argento. It also contains a thoroughly researched filmography, notes on variant versions of Ferrara's films, a bibliography and a section dealing with unrealized projects.

Contains many rare stills and photos, including shots of Ferrara working on 9 Lives of a Wet Pussy.

Includes a foreword written by Ferrara himself.

A scholarly, informative, and insightful work. - Christ Zois (co-screenwriter of The Blackout and New Rose Hotel).

About the Author

Brad Stevens has contributed to Sight and Sound, Cineaction, Video Watchdog, Flesh & Blood, Movie Collector, The Dark Side, Video World, Simulacres, Liberation, Ad Hoc, The Movie Book of the Western and The Movie Book of Unexplored Hitchcock (forthcoming), as well as the websites Screening the Past and Senses of Cinema. He has lectured on Abel Ferrara at Paris University, and has recently completed a book about the films of Monte Hellman.

Technical Details

Size: 244mm x 171mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 368 pages including 16 pages in full colour

ISBN: 978-1-903254-13-4

Publication Date: May 2004

Market: Cinema

Weight: 1005g

Edition: First Edition

Cover Price: £24.99 (UK) / $39.95 (US)




"A sumptuous archive of insight into the wildly varied cinema of Takashi Miike from the world's foremost authority"  -  Jovanka Vuckovic, director of The Captured Bird

From outrageous flavour of the month to respected modern master - Takashi Miike's rise to fame has been stellar. The former bad boy of Japanese film is now a regular at the world's most prestigious film festivals.

Re-Agitator is a brand new book from Tom Mes, whose groundbreaking Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike helped shape this filmmaker's international career. Mes has been along for the ride ever since Audition turned heads and stomachs at the turn of the millennium. This new book collects more than ten years' worth of his writing on Miike. From dusty film sets in Japan to festival intrigue on the Riviera, and from the straight-to-video ghetto to the stage, Mes covers the full scope of this unclassifiable filmmaker's life and work - with the kind of detail and intimacy that only an insider can provide.

Fully endorsed by the filmmaker himself, the full-colour Re-Agitator: A Decade of Writing on Takashi Miike also features a provocative foreword and a gallery of unique set photos by longtime Miike collaborator Christian Storms.

This book is NOT Agitator Part 2. It doesn't continue where the first one left off, but rather collects the vast majority of the writing on Miike that Mes has done over the years for magazines, websites, DVD liner notes, in non-English-language books, as well as for festival catalogues. This luxurious coffee-table hardback also contains previously unpublished material, like an interview recorded at the 2005 Venice film festival, plus a piece on 13 Assassins written exclusively for this book.

The wide variety of sources and formats of these texts entails that there is an equally wide variety in styles, tones, and approaches: from impressionistic reviews to personal eyewitness accounts and loose, appreciative write-ups. Re-Agitator is also an opportunity to add some context and background on the development of the Japanese film industry over the past twenty years and Miike's career therein, something that was largely absent from Agitator. The publisher and author also feel very fortunate to be able to include a series of very candid behind-the-scenes photographs taken during the troubled production of Sukiyaki Western Django.


  • Foreword by Christian Storms
  • Introduction
  • Light in the Darkness: Takashi Miike's Blues Harp
  • Make Mine Metal: Full Metal Yakuza
  • The Hype Is Not Enough
  • The Protagonist Was a Passer-By
  • Rainy Dog and Pup
  • No Particular Place to Go
  • Lost Souls in a Drifting Town
  • ...Or Something Else Entirely: Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive Trilogy
  • The Gozu Chronicles: Takashi Miike Hits Cannes
  • Gozu: Lost in Flagellation
  • Andromedia: A Miike for the Masses
  • Salaryman Kintaro: The White-Collar Wonder
  • Yakuza Demon: Sad at Heart
  • "You should just shoot your film and not think about anything else"
  • The most romantic scenes in Takashi Miike's movies
  • Izo ad infinitum
  • Three feet of piano wire
  • Fit for Family Viewing: Shangri-La
  • Rocket Romantics: Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
  • Takashi Miike Leaves His Imprint
  • Generation V: Takashi Miike and the Wild World of V-cinema
  • Notes for a Sonic Tribute to Takashi Miike
  • Paul Verhoeven Liked It
  • Sukiyaki Western Django photo gallery by Christian Storms
  • Let's Be Bastards: Sukiyaki Western Django
  • Zatoichi Regained
  • Just Another Piece in the Miike Puzzle
  • "Everyone in Japan is lonely. You too, right?"
  • Zebraman 2's Showbiz Politics
  • Gory Gory Hallelujah
  • The Joy of Filmmaking, with your host Takashi Miike
  • One, Two, Ichi's Coming for You
  • This Is Not Maturity
  • 13 Assassins and Other Histories of Violence
  • Coda: For the Sake of Love
  • Takashi Miike Filmography

About the Author

Tom Mes is the founder and co-editor of, the world's leading English-language publication on contemporary Japanese cinema. His work has appeared in such magazines as Fangoria, Impact, Japan Magazine and Skrien. His writing on Takashi Miike has been published in England, the USA, France and Russia. Tom has written 2 other books for FAB Press: Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike and Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto.

Technical Details

Size: 255mm x 177mm

Binding: Hardback

Extent: 160 pages, illustrated throughout in full colour

ISBN: 978-1-903254-71-4

Publication Date: 15 April 2013

Market: Cinema

Weight: 1005g

Edition: First Edition

Cover Price:  £19.99 (UK) / $34.95 (US)

Product CodeDONV6WAR77
ManufacturerFAB Press
Stock Level28

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