Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Exclusive interview with Dirk Maggs, director of Dirk Gently radio series

A few hours before the broadcast of Dirk Gently's first episode on Radio 4, its director Dirk Maggs kindly answered to a few questions. He reveals a lot of interesting facts, so don't forget to read this interview. You can find the interview in the radio series section of this website.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Dirk Gently radio series : Radio 4 mini website redesigned

The Radio 4 mini website about the new Dirk Gently radio series has been redesigned and updated. It is not as good as the Radio 4 mini website about Hitchhiker's but it is well done and there is some good stuff including the excellent Dirk Maggs' production diary and also a great 9 minutes long interview with Doulgas Adams about Dirk Gently's first book.

You will be able to listen to the first episode Wednesday 03 October at 18:30 GMT on Radio 4.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Dirk Gently radio series : pics and trailers

The first series of Dirk Gently is soon going to be launched this october. You can now see the pics, watch the video trailer and listen to the audio trailer on Above the Title website. You can keep a look on BBC Radio 4 website even if the website have not been updated lately. Keep in mind the excellent website Radio 4 made for the new Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy radio series. Let's hope they'll do the same for Dirk Gently.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

H2G2 lottery : And the winner is....

James Thrift !! James is Douglas' brother so he probably deserved this towel.

Thanks to everybody for your support!

Sunday, August 5, 2007

The first H2G2 lottery

I've got to pay the fees my webhosting, and I've decided to organise the first H2G2 lottery. You pay five euros and you will have the possibility to win a great and rare french H2G2 towel. To take part in the lottery, you just have to click on the banner on the front page and make a donnation of five euros via paypal. You don't need a paypal accound, but you need a valid credit card.

If you take part in this lottery, you will help this website and have the opportunity to win a great prize.

Close date : 20th August at midnight.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Son of Rambow got a $8 millions deal in Sundance & mostly good reviews

Son of Rambow, Hammer & Tongs second movie after H2G2, was shown at the Sundance festival. It got mostly excellent reviews and made big news thanks to a huge $8 million distribution deal with Paramount Vantage. But SoR failed to win any prize at the Sundance competition.

Here are some of the reviews :

For, SoR is the second best movie of the Sundance festival : "An irresistibly inventive, slapstick celebration of preteen DIY moviemaking from Hammer & Tongs ("The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"). "Rushmore" meets "The Science of Sleep" in early 1980s middle England." gives 8.5/10 to SoR. "Another film that ramped up its buzz at the festival after the first few screenings, Son of Rambow makes a triumphant debut and lasting impression... This is one of the few I'm very much looking forward to watching again.".

Cinematical : " Son of Rambow feels as real as Will's fantasies of flying dogs and walking planes, but it's also as joyful and inventive and exuberant, as funny and heartfelt as every child's dreams; it's a brilliant celebration of the exuberance and thrill of bad storytelling, of making art, of having dreams."

Variety writes that SoR is a "modestly eccentric entertainment" though "as to be expected from Hammer and Tongs, bright and witty physical and visual touches spill off the screen".

According to Hollywood Reporter, SOR " is pumped up with all the right kids' ingredients: slapstick, fantasy, alienation and severe adult authority figures. But screenwriter and director Garth Jennings has slammed them all together with little cohesion, and further slackened the story with atonal nastiness and gratuitously stick-thin side characters.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Dirk Gently on radio !!!

We have been waiting for months, and now it's official : BBC Radio 4, which has broadcasted all the Hitchhiker's radio series from the first episode in 1978, have commissioned Dirk Maggs and Above The Tittle to make a 18 episodes radio adaptation of the Dirk Gently books. There will be three series (with 6 episodes each) and the broadcasting will begin in next october.

I can't tell you how happy I am. Dirk Maggs has made an incredible work with the last three series of Hitchhiker's and will certainly make some wonderful work with Dirk.

I think that the Dirk Gently series will include the unfinished book "salmon of doubt" as there are three series, and maybe Dirk will write the end of the story, but i'm not sure right now.

Saturday, January 6, 2007

An exclusive US DIRK post mortem by Scot Burklin

Scot Burklin played Dirk Gently in the US premiere of DIRK which was staged in Los Angeles last autumn. As you certainly know, the production was a big success. Scot and his friends got a great review from Variety and a "thumbs up" from Arvind Ethan David, one of the authors of this well known stage adaptation of the first Dirk Gently book.

Scot kindly wrote for us a post mortem about this US production where he shares his feelings about the whole adventure.

To read the post mortem, please go in the Dirk section of this website and click on extras.

Friday, January 5, 2007

Douglas Adams related stuff on is an incredible website where you can get some rare audio, video and text stuff free to download.

Here are some good stuff I found about Douglas :

- Interview. Shockwave Radio Theater November 9, 1993 with guest Douglas Adams

- A TV documentary from 1988 about computer games. Douglas Adams is interviewed about Bureaucracy also features "wayback machine" which allows you to browse through 85 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago. Very handy if you want to find some internet websites which are not online anymore like MJ Simpson's Planet Magrathea,

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Son Of Rambow scheduled at Sundance

Hammer & Tongs new movie "Son of Rambow" will be screened at the famous Sundance Festival the 22, 23 and 24 January.

More details on Sundance website here

"A nostalgic trip back to the 1980s, Son of Rambow is an inventive valentine to an era where, for the first time in history, young minds had access to technology that allowed them to create their own stories while paying homage to their larger-than-life heroes from the movies that inspired them.

Will, who isn't allowed to watch TV or go to the movies, expresses himself through his drawings and illustrations until he finds himself caught up in the extraordinary world of Lee Carter, the school terror and crafter of bizarre home movies. Carter exposes Will to a pirated copy of the first Rambo film, First Blood, which blows his mind wide open. Against his family's orders, his imaginative little brain begins to flower in the world of filmmaking. Will and Lee become popular at school through their films, but when a French exchange student, Didier Revol, arrives on the scene, their unique friendship and precious film are pushed to the breaking point.

Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith, aka Hammer & Tongs, the creative visionaries behind The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, utilize a vast array of visual techniques to perfectly capture the moment in time when anything was possible and dreams could be recreated with a home video camera, a few props, and a ton of imagination.— Trevor Groth"