Counting Down Family Friendly Steampunk Movies: Hugo (2011)

The Origins of the Film “Hugo” This story was first told in a book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was written and illustrated by Brian Selznick. He worked on several different books for children, but this one is his opus. It comes in at a whopping 527 pages. The film came out in 2011 to rave reviews. Plus, it received five of the eleven Oscars it was nominated for that year. It stars Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) and veteran actor Ben Kingsley. The film also features excellent performances by Sacha Baron-Cohen (Borat) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-ass). What is Hugo About? Hugo Cabret is little … Continue reading Counting Down Family Friendly Steampunk Movies: Hugo (2011)

The Steampunk Surreality of The Chronicles of Vidoqc Will Leave you BOTH Shaken and Stirred…

Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq is the English title of a French film called simply Vidocq. Gerard Depardieu plays the title role of Eugene Francois Vidocq who is an occult detective on the grimy streets of Paris in 1830. In real life, he was the father of French criminology, and his misunderstood methods gave him a supernatural reputation. In the film, Vidoqc is on the trail of a masked serial killer, the Alchemist. The writers explore an interesting twist on story-telling, and he falls to his supernatural enemy within the first minutes of the film. Amidst the tumult of the outbreak of the Second French Revolution … Continue reading The Steampunk Surreality of The Chronicles of Vidoqc Will Leave you BOTH Shaken and Stirred…

How late 19th Century French artists envisioned the year 2000

Year 2000 Phonograph
Image from Public Domain Review

A number of images are available to view on the Public Domain Review which illustrate how 19th century artists imagined the year 2000 would look. Postcards designed and illustrated by Jean-Marc Côté along with other artists shows France in a landscape where people use personal flying devices that incorporate wings as well as harnessing the power of nature to aid them in their pursuit of pleasure. Continue reading “How late 19th Century French artists envisioned the year 2000”

Steampunk News round up 11/03/2015

Riccardo Tisci seduces with Victorian-inspired clothes at Givenchy Telegraph.co.uk It’s deeply revealing, probably, that so many designers find themselves repeatedly drawn to Victoriana – and not the twee innocence that the Victorians… Romeo and Juliet review – tweenage Shakespeare with a touch of steampunk The Guardian Emma Bailey’s striking designs place us in a world that resembles the Paris of 1968 with a touch of steampunk. The stage is dominated by a… Artist Spotlight: Steampunk sculptor Andrew Zahrndt The Newark Advocate Zahrndt creates three-dimensional steampunk art, using polymer clay to sculpt his creations and adorning them with all kinds of … Continue reading Steampunk News round up 11/03/2015

Attack of the Atomic Airships book review

Attack of the Atomic Airships by Steven Harrison
Attack of the Atomic Airships front cover

Introduction
Great steampunk adventures do not feel complete without airships, action, adventure and Queensbury rules. Attack of the Atomic Airships! is a fantastic book filled with adventures, mechanical wonders and an abundance of humour that would be a great read for most young adults. This book can be found on Amazon.co.uk brand new priced at £6.99 and is also available on Kindle for £1.98. Continue reading “Attack of the Atomic Airships book review”