Only 18 rooms left as William Hope, Ross Mullan, Ian Whyte n Adam Brown join SFW 9
With a hiss of brakes, and a rush of steam, the next phase of SFW9’s launch is engaged. We have lots and lots to tell you, so settle down, grab your beverage of choice, put your feet up, and let’s go!
First off, the bad news … As regular SFWers know, sometimes guests have to drop out, and since the last announcement, both Colin Baker and Ingveld Delia have let us know that they have other commitments which prevent them from joining us in March … We’re sorry we won’t have them with us.
But we do still have CHRISTOPHER JUDGE (Stargate), HUGH QUARSHIE (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Highlander, Doctor Who)and ALISTAIR PETRI (Rogue One) lined up … and joining them we have a slew of top names who we are delighted will be joining us in March:
WILLIAM HOPE was born in Montreal, and joined the National Youth Theatre in London after high school and performed for three seasons with them. During that time he began training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). After graduation he worked almost uninterruptedly in theatre for the next seven years, in addition to over 100 radio plays for the BBC as a resident artist. In the mid 80’s he was offered a major role in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket but passed on it for a lead in James Cameron’s Aliens (1986) as Lt. Gorman. The next ten years saw him regularly playing leading roles in many major regional, touring and West End companies, often living in London as a base for family, while he began working more extensively in front of the camera. The last five years has seen him appearing in a wide mix of film and TV. His career to date includes art and indie films, mainstream international TV and numerous major Hollywood movies. Work includes: Scanners (1981), Hellbound: Hellraiser II(1988), Aliens vs Predator II Computer Game (2001) and numerous other Alienfranchise games, XxX (2002), Labyrinth (2003), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Episodes (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Spooks (2011), Spiders 3D (2013) and Thunderbirds are Go (2015).
ROSS MULLAN is originally from Montreal, Canada, and now lives in the UK. He began his performing career working mostly in mask and physical theatre companies and then began writing his own material and playing clubs and bars doing comedy. He then started working in theatre doing National and International tours of shows such as East of Eden, David Copperfield, Christmas Carol and Sherlock Holmes. Ross is also an established Puppeteer and voice over artist having trained with Jim Henson’s company many years ago. He is the voice and spirit behind Nev the Bear on CBBC’s Bear Behaving Badly. Ross is most recognisable as the evil Numbertaker from Cbeebies’ hit show Numberjacks. He uses his 6’4” height to good effect as the WhiteWalker on HBO’s Game of Thrones, The Silence and The Teller on Doctor Who and in Clash of the Titans he plays Pemphredo, one of the three blind Stygian witches.
IANWHYTE was born in Bangor, North Wales and brought up in Brighton. In 2004, his physical attributes (he is 7’1” tall!), his mental toughness and flair for the theatrical made him the perfect man to play the part of the iconic Predator in Alien Vs. Predator, to critical acclaim. Ian went on to develop his reputation as a talented physical actor by performing stunts for Francis De La Tour as the 8’ 6″ tall Madame Maxime, Head Mistress of the Beauxbatons Academy in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In 2007 Ian reprised the role of the Predator in AVP:Requiem, and in 2010 reprised the character of Madame Maxime in Harry Potter andthe Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Ian continues to play fearsome horror, fantasy and science fiction characters and is highly regarded as one of the finest, most talented and dedicated costume actors in the business. He has also recently come to prominence playing dramatic parts, most notably in the as yet unreleased Harrigan directed by Vince Woods, a stylish, gritty police drama set against the dark backdrop of 1970’s Britain. He also appears as the fearsome and sinister Gregor Clegane, ‘The Mountain that Rides’, in the second season of Game of Thrones.
ADAM BROWN is an English actor, who was born in Hungerford, Berkshire. Adam’s first film role came when he was cast as the dwarf Ori in the three-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He is co-founder of the comedy writing/performing team – ‘Plested and Brown’. Shows include; CarolSmillie Trashed my Room, The Reconditioned Wife Show, Flamingo Flamingo Flamingo, Hot Pursuit, Minor Spectacular, Health & Stacey and The Perfect Wife Roadshow. With ‘Plested and Brown’ he has toured the UK as well as performing at Festivals in Armenia, South Korea and New Zealand. With the rest of the ‘Plested and Brown’ team (Amanda Wilsher and Clare Plested) he has worked with David Sant (Peepolykus), Phelim McDermot (Improbable) and Cal McCrystal (Mighty Boosh) and of course Pirates of the Caribbean
GEOFF PORTASS is a prosthetics and make-up artist who came to prominence for his work on Highlander (1986), Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). He has also worked on Lifeforce (1985), Nightbreed (1990), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), and the Messiah (2001) and Children of Dune (2003) TV series’. Geoff will be joining us to talk effects and make-up and to discuss his work with Clive Barker on the various projects they worked on together.
MARK CORDORY returns to SFW with more talk of special props and gadgets for Doctor Who and others. Mark is a designer, props and puppet maker in the TV and film industry. He worked on productions such as Knightmare, Torchwood, Fireman Sam and The Corpse Bride, he also designed and made Eddie for Iron Maiden.
ANDREW LAWDEN is known for his work on Prime Suspect1973 (2017), Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) and Top Boy (2011). While working on Star Wars (as stand-in for Liam Neeson’s character Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn and also as a Naboo Royal Guard) he learned how to fight with Light Sabers, and developed his Jedi Fighting tutorial workshops which he has brought to conventions across the world. He will be presenting several fighting tutorials at SFW and details of how to sign up will be available on the day.
Joining our roster of on-and off-screen talent, we have a veritable Library of writers. Some are back by popular demand, and some are joining us for the first time. We know you will make everyone welcome!
Alongside the amazing KEVIN J ANDERSON and STEVEN SAVILE, we have:
GRAHAM MASTERTON is probably the biggest writer of horror currently working in the UK. His many novels include The Manitou (which was filmed in 1978), Family Portrait, The Doorkeepers, Ghost Music and Plague of the Manitou. He has also written many thrillers, family sagas, Crime, movie tie-ins and even sex instruction books. He’s a former editor of Mayfair and Penthouse Magazine and has had work adapted for television in Tony Scott’s The Hungerseries.
LAURA LAM is one of the UK’s brightest Young Adult authors. Originally from sunny California, Laura now lives in cloudy Scotland. She is the author of BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, as well as the award-winning Micah Grey series Pantomime, Shadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have also appeared in anthologies such as Nasty Women, Solaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of History, and more. She lectures part-time at Napier University in Edinburgh on the Creative Writing MA.
GEORGE MANN is a Sunday Times bestselling novelist and scriptwriter. He’s the author of the Newbury & Hobbes Victorian mystery series, as well as four novels about a 1920s vigilante known as The Ghost. He’s also written bestselling Doctor Who novels, new adventures for Sherlock Holmes and the supernatural crime series, Wychwood. His comic writing includes extensive work on Doctor Who, Dark Souls (based on the massively popular video games), Warhammer 40,000 and a creator-owned series based on Newbury & Hobbes, as well Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for younger readers. He’s written audio scripts for Doctor Who, Blake’s 7, Sherlock Holmes, Warhammer 40,000and more, and for a handful of high-profile iOS games. As Editor he’s assembled four anthologies of original Sherlock Holmes fiction, as well as multiple volumes of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction and The Solaris Book of New Fantasy.
BRYONY PEARCE is back at SFW after her staggering win at Just a Minute in Sheffield, determined to defend her title! Bryony studied English Literature at Cambridge University and after working in London for a few years she dedicated her time to writing. Her novel Angel’s Fury was longlisted for the Bransford Boase Award and won both the Leeds Book Award and the Cheshire Schools Book Award.
We also welcome back RAVEN DANE, popular author of dark fantasy and steampunk novels. With an Irish mother and Welsh father Raven is a true child of the Celtic Twilight! She started her career in writing as a journalist working for UK national magazines. The fictional bug bit her in the 1990s and she moved into writing novels. Her first books were published by DA in the 2000s, and she now has many titles in print. She contributed a story to the Doctor Who spin-off film, White Witch of Devil’s End (Reeltime Pictures, 2017) which featured stories about the life of Olive Hawthorne, a character from the 1971 Doctor Who story ‘The Daemons’. She is also a professional horse breeder, trainer and judge, specialising in Iberian horses. She has trained many horses, actors and stunt performers for film and TV and the results of her work can be seen in Dragonheart and First Knight amongst others. She enjoys amateur dramatics, comedy roles and pantomimes. She is an accomplished speaker and attends many events and festivals around the world to talk about writing.
DAWN HARRIS is a debut author whose first novel Diviner is being published and launched at SFW by Telos Publishing. She is keenly interested in psychology, science and nature and she has been involved in the worlds of fashion, interior design and hospitality. Most of all, however, she has been acknowledged for her dedication to charity work, and her support and encouragement for disadvantaged people.
As well as all our fabulous guests (and we are still working on some other names who we hope will be joining us) we have more additions to the Entertainment roster. We have already announced a pile of talented people who will be bringing you entertainment all weekend … and to their number we can add Linzi Gold … Linzi performed a set two years ago of her own songs, and rocked the Main Void last year with her band Jericho Rose, and now she’s back to perform some of her own material;
We have the band BLUES HARVEST performing their own brand of music; the MMPORGSHOW returns after a spectacular success in Sheffield; and of course we have the amazing POP UP PUPPET THEATRE on hand to give some of their unique presentations. We have THESCOTTISHFALSETTOSOCKPUPPETTHEATRE joining us for their own brand of madness as they take on Doctor Who and whatever else takes their fancy; there is a GLITTERBALLBINGO session being planned; and EXPERIMENTALSONICMACHINES return; fans of Burlesque will rejoice that NERDLESQUE are back with another late night show; and of course, Saturday night would not be Saturday night without the triumphant reappearance of John Robertson and THE DARK ROOM!
Darrens and flamboyant potatoes of the world rejoice! We have DJ LEROYspinning the decks into the night and presenting another video and music explosion to delight your eyes and ears; and we’re also pleased to announce that the awesome RADIOPHONIC WORKSHOP will be back to rock the rafters of Main Void with their unique and groundbreaking musical compositions … many of which you may recognise from over sixty years of television!
On top of all this, we are working on a stellar line-up of comic and graphic artists for THE STRIP CLUB; there’s another FILM PREMIERE being lined up, complete with cast and crew in attendance; traders are waiting in the wings to bring you the best in geek merchandise, books, comics, toys, artwork, CDs and whatever else takes your fancy; we have BOOK LAUNCHES already planned from Telos and Snow Books, with more publishers being courted to see if we can entice them to North Wales.
We’re delighted to announce that the team from WARLORD GAMES will be in attendance. Warlord produce gaming accessories for a variety of tabletop games, including a superb DoctorWho range Into The Time Vortex, and a Science Fiction game system called Beyond The Gates of Antares, a science-fiction tabletop wargame written by 40k author Rick Priestley, that pitches technologically advanced human civilisations into a conflict for the undiscovered systems that lie through the gates. So make sure you visit their tables to discuss strategy and tactics, and to take part in some tabletop skirmishes! We have Retro Computer Games, board games, the popular COSPLAYCOMPETITION returns … plus all the panels, talks, discussions, demonstrations and madness which you demand from SFW … including, of course, the fabulous dancers, presenters and stilt walkers from AREA51!
Did we mention that JUST A MINUTE will be back … and this time none other than SFW Supremo Jonni Davis is threatening to take part … so don’t miss it! The CINEMA returns with back to back films … And what about the drinking I hear you cry!! Official sponsors for SFW9 include Cloven Hoof, Marshall, Natal and Eden … so there will be top refreshment available all weekend as well, not to mention food from the legendary Mash and Barrel, Pizzas, fish and chips, burgers, or the Spa shops if that’s what takes your fancy!
There are now very few tickets left for this weekend of partying with the stars … so get in fast if you want to join the 7000 other people who are already signed up, locked and loaded for this annual geek convention experience to beat all others …
ACCEPT NO SUBSTITUTIONS … SFW IS THE WAY TO PARTY!