Always Be Watching - 23 October 2018

ABW is written by Dan Barrett who has an unhealthy fixation with Orson Welles.

Orson Welles final movie The Other Side of The Wind is due for release on 2 November 2018. Vulture has a write-up on the history of the project and how we are now seeing its release 48 years after it started production (and 33 years after Welles died).

For all the jubilation The Other Side of the Wind’s long odyssey toward completion is bringing to Welles’s zealous fan circles, the filmmakers agree its existence as the director’s “final” filmmaking effort provides a bittersweet coda to all the work they did to bring it to the screen. “It’s sad to me. It’s a sad story. It’s a sad movie,” Bogdanovich said at a post-screening Q&A after the movie’s Telluride premiere. “Not only Orson’s last movie, it’s an ‘end of everything’ kind of movie. The only thing that survives is the artistry.”

The film will be available to stream on Netflix, which is what Welles would have wanted.


Could we start seeing sequels to Black Mirror episodes? Don’t rule it out.


Disenchantment has been picked up for more episodes, taking it through to 2021.


This upcoming VR game Mosh Pit Simulator is either going to be the most brilliant pop-art experience on VR to date, or it is just exceptionally stupid.


The format of Australian comedy series Have You Been Paying Attention has been picked up by CBS International, who will try and sell the format globally.


There is no hotter movie studio right now than low-budget horror masters Blumhouse. They are currently pushing into TV in a big way, but it isn’t without some hurdles:

The same month that Blumhouse rolled out “Halloween” in movie theaters, it released the first installment of a monthly anthology series for Hulu called “Into the Dark.” If you weren’t aware that it has been streaming for over two weeks, you’re not alone. It has generated little buzz, certainly less than Netflix’s new horror series, “The Haunting of Hill House.”

Their TV interests extend beyond horror and beyond low-budget filmaking.

One of the first orders of business for the television unit was to discard the company’s policy of shoestring budgets. The reason? Streaming services like Netflix, HBO and Amazon are more than happy to spend more on one episode of a TV series — $5 million plus — than Blumhouse does on some of its feature films.

“I’m not saying people are saying, ‘Please spend as much money as possible,’” Ms. Wiseman said. “But there are just a bunch of buyers that are not price-sensitive.”


And finally…

The biggest thing to happen on your screens this week is the release of video game Red Dead Redemption 2. I’m a fairly casual gamer, but thought the first game was incredible. If you’re looking for me, I plan to be on my couch from Saturday morning through to early January.

If suddenly you find friends are no longer answering their phones, don’t get too worried.

Polygon have an incredibly thorough history to RDR that’s worth a read.