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Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts



The cult writer Warren Ellis makes a rare public appearance at the Bishopsgate Institute and is interviewed by Lenny Henry, before the UK premiere screening of Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, the revealing documentary about Ellis, directed by Patrick Meaney (Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods).

Tickets: £8 (plus 80p booking fee) available from WeGotTickets.com
Where: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London
When: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - From 7pm

Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts features the most extensive interview Ellis has ever given, and spans his life, from his first memory watching the moon landing as a child, to his recent cross-media success with the film adaptation of Red. Along the way, Ellis’s acerbic wit and core belief in humanity comes across like never before.

Complimenting Ellis’s own words are interviews with his artistic collaborators, friends and admirers from across all media, including actress Helen Mirren, director Joss Whedon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), comedian Patton Oswalt, adult film star Stoya, musician Claudio Sanchez (of Coheed and Cambria), comics writers Matt Fraction and Antony Johnston, and futurist Jamais Cascio. Ellis’s comics collaborators like Marvel Comics CCO Joe Quesada, artists Darick Robertson, Ben Templesmith and Phil Jimenez also provide insight into Ellis’s mind and creative workings. The film features numerous ambient interludes that spotlight Ellis’s prose and writing from both his online columns and his comics.

The film was shot over the course of 2010 and 2011 in England, San Diego and New York. It was completed in Fall 2011 and will premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival followed by a UK premiere at Comica Festival, London in November 2011, before a worldwide theatrical run. DVD release will follow in February 2011.

The film was directed by Patrick Meaney, shot by Jordan Rennert, and produced by Respect Films and Sequart, as a followup to the critically acclaimed Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.

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