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America For Beginners: Out Digitally Today

September 28th, 2018

afb18aAs previously reported, Toyah has recorded a brand new version of America For Beginners for the soundtrack album for forthcoming movie 1985. The track is released digitally today via Bandcamp with pre-orders open for the soundtrack CD.

America For Beginners (Nocturne Blue Redux) is available as a separate digital track and on a  soundtrack album release, 1985: Music from & inspired by the motion picture featuring new Original Music & Additional Score by Dutch Rall.

Toyah recorded brand new vocals for the track recorded at The Old Smithy Recording Studios, UK whilst Bass, Synths, Guitars, Electronics, additional voices are handled by the track’s producer Dutch Rall in Oak Cliff, Texas.

The album also features new music by Ramsey, Nocturne Blue, Moushumi, and more with original score by Curtis Heath and Dutch Rall. This includes a stunning cover version of Kate Bush’s Running Up That Hill featuring King Crimson’s Tony Levin.

• You can pre-order a limited edition CD version and preview full tracks now at Bandcamp. (News Source: Breaking Through – Official Toyah Mailing List)

Kaleidoscope Man: Video Update

September 28th, 2018

With just a few weeks of post production left, Kaleidoscope Man director, Simon Cox, talks us through where he is with the movie and his future plans and of course, how you can see it. Click below to watch the video at You Tube.

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• Browse all of Dreamscape’s Kaleidoscope Man news.  (Photo © kaleidoscopeman.com)

Quadrophenia: 40th Anniversary in 2019

September 13th, 2018

Quadrophenia 40th in 2019… lots of great things happening. (Photos @ Toyah Willcox)

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

September 7th, 2018

1985thefilmaAmerica For Beginners 2018: Toyah tweeted: “Just heard 1st mix for AMERICA FOR BEGINNERS for the soundtrack album of @1985thefilm ….WOW! It’s totally different and very 1985!” – Continue reading…

BBC Scotland: Barmy Aunt Boomerang: Richard Madden is currently earning fulsome praise for his portrayal of Sergeant David Budd in BBC Oneʼs Bodyguard, but itʼs far from the first time heʼs been on our screens. Back in 1999, 13-year-old Richard starred in Barmy Aunt Boomerang as Sebastian, a boy whose life is thrown into chaos by the arrival of his ghostly aunt, played by Toyah Willcox – Continue reading at BBC Scotland…

Live 2018: Toyah still has Acoustic, Up Close & Personal gigs in Huddersfield, Evesham and two nights at Trading Boundaries in Sheffield Green, an Electric gig in Bedford PLUS those four #Toyah60/40 Years of Music concerts – More info/Ticket links here…

Outside Org: Thousands of party goers join Rewind Festival’s sold out 10th Birthday celebrations in Henley-On-Thames: The blissful weekend was compered by Toyah Willcox and The Doctor of Doctor & The Medics with DJ Massaoke keeping the tunes and sing-alongs going strong between the main stage performances, getting everyone hyped with some of the biggest 80s hits – Continue reading…

God’s Jukebox: Brave New World: Can’t have #HairWeek without Toyah. This was the lead single from her 4th album, The Changeling. The video was directed by David Mallet, who directed the Ashes to Ashes video for Bowie – Continue reading/watching…

Afterlife: New Film/Docu for Birmingham Film Festival

August 22nd, 2018

afterlife18bToyah has taken part in a new film – Afterlife – being produced for inclusion in the Birmingham Film Festival. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to help with finances for the film.

This is an independent, factual and investigative documentary, being made on a non-profit basis.

The Producer and crew are not making any money from this production; this is about getting this project made and getting it seen by the backers and public. Your donations will pay for the time of our contributors and will ensure we can travel to them for their interviews, plus donations to hospitals, research centres and other venues as a thank you for the hospitality and assistance.

We are also speaking to people who will relive unexplainable experiences including singer and actress Toyah Willcox who not only has a deep interest in the subject, but lives in what could be one of the most haunted homes in the UK which she describes as a “house of shadows”.

• See further info on Afterlife and how you can help via the crowdfunding campaign here or by clicking below.

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1985 The Film: America For Beginners

August 20th, 2018

Toyah has recorded a new version of the song America For Beginners, which was originally a track on her 1985 album Minx. The song was written by Steve Skaith and Mike Jones of the band Latin Quarter. Toyah has recorded the 2018 version for inclusion in the forthcoming 1985 The Film.

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Toyah on TV: Aaaaaaaah! on Film 4

July 7th, 2018

aaaaaaaah15vAaaaaaaah!: Film 4: Thursday 19th July: 2.25am
Writer-director-star Steve Oram’s experimental satire is set in a parallel present in which, despite wearing clothing and developing advanced technology, mankind never attained the power of speech. Instead, people communicate in gestures and non-verbal vocalisms, ranging from grunts to whistles and growls. And this isn’t the only similarity to our great ape cousins, as social and sexual behaviour is closer to that of gorillas or bonobos and is completely shorn of social niceties. The film opens with a grieving alpha male and his companion ritually urinating on a photo of the dominant male’s wife to mark her loss. They then move through woodland and into London’s sprawling suburbs, intent on staking out new territory for themselves…

Starring: Jade Alexander, Julian Barratt, Missa Blue, Holli Dempsey, Marcus Dempsey, Noel Fielding, Toyah Willcox.

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Toyah Newsy Bits & Pieces!

July 4th, 2018

newsybits18aThe Big NHS Singalong Live: Toyah is taking part in this celebration of 70 years of the NHS! – On Wednesday 4th July we will celebrate 70 years of the NHS as talented ​NHS staff, famous faces and people right across the country come together to sing a special version of The Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ live on ITV’s one off televised event – The Big NHS Singalong Live – Continue reading…

Toyah @ Twitter: “Joining The Big NHS Singalong Live at Abbey Rd Studios tonight for ITV 9pm ….. let’s break that world record! Good Luck all” – Continue reading…

Vulture Hound: ‘As long as the music’s loud enough..’ – Jubilee (Film Review): Punk rebellion combined with the juxtaposition of royal mystical ambience is what makes this film rather strange yet special at the same time. Derek Jarman depicts a rather fantastical manic portrayal which harmoniously emphasises the dramatic change of youth movement within the 1970’s era of Britain – Continue reading…

Worcester News: One Week to go until Worcester Stands Tall Launch: Final preparations are under way for the launch of an art trail that will see 30 giraffes placed around Worcester – The large sculptures have been decorated by artists both from the local area and across the UK, while one is designed by singer and actress Toyah Willcox – Continue reading…

Wild In Art: Celebrated singer designs giraffe for trail: Artwork designed by celebrated singer and actress Toyah Willcox has been used to decorate a giraffe sculpture for the Worcester Stands Tall trail. The prolific performer, whose career has spanned more than 40 years, themed her design around the idea of ‘making a wish’ – with the Giraffe covered in stars, animals and children – (Photo © Worcester Stands Tall) Continue reading…

Beacon: Relive the Good Times – Jack Up The 80s: This year’s Jack Up The 80s takes place on August 11th and 12th at Smallbrook Stadium, Ryde. The stellar line up includes Grammy award-winning music legend Leo Sayer, soul sensations Shalamar, British pop rock group T’Pau, punk princess Toyah Willcox, Jaki Graham, an exclusive DJ set from Martin Kemp, the one and only Chesney Hawkes, Brother Beyond and many more – Continue reading…

Filmwerk: Jubilee – Blu-ray Review

June 26th, 2018

jubilee18mIt’s hard to believe that Punk is well over 40 years old, largely heralded by the release of the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy in the UK’, in the Britain at any rate. Punk meant different thing to different people: to the Sex Pistols and The Clash it was a working-class reaction or counter-reaction, to Malcolm McLaren it was a marketing ploy and to the likes of Vivienne Westwood it was a fashion statement. For art film director Derek Jarman it became an anarchic artistic statement.

Of course Jarman himself was not a punk, but he certainly tapped into the spirit of the age and was even able to insert his own brand of camp into the punk scene with his film Jubilee (1978). The BFI release of Jubilee is released in addition to the BFI’s recent 6 film box-set release, ‘Derek Jarman Volume One: 1972 – 1986’ to observe the films 40 year anniversary.

The narrative of the film is sometimes hard to follow, but makes more statements than having any narrative or even making much in the way of sense. It opens with Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) being transported to 1970s London by her occultish aide, Dr. John Dee (Richard O’Brien) and find a place riven with political and social unrest. We are then introduced to some of the key figures in the film: punk girls Mad (Toyah Willcox) and Amyl-Nitrate (Jordan), along with Kid (Adam Ant, real name Stuart Goddard), Crabs (Nell Campbell), Chaos (Hermine Demoriane) and Bod (Runacre again in a dual role). They get up to all sorts in the flat and include killing a one-night stand in a asphyxiation game. All sorts of adventures take place including starting a punk band called Scum while revolt and social unrest, including police brutality increases.

• Continue reading at Filmwerk.

Toyah on TV: Quadrophenia

June 14th, 2018

Quadrophenia: Film 4 HD: Monday 25th June: 1.35am
The Who wrote and produced this energetic story of a young man disillusioned with his life in 1960s London. Phil Daniels excels as the alienated anti-hero Jimmy Cooper. Director: Franc Roddam. Starring: Phil Daniels, Leslie Ash, Toyah Willcox, Philip Davis, Mark Wingett, Sting, and Ray Winstone.

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Jubilee at The Electric Cinema Birmingham

June 10th, 2018

Jubilee, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, is showing at The Electric Cinema in Birmingham on Saturday 28th July at 5.30pm. Click below for further info.

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Derek Jarman’s apocalyptic fantasia Jubilee couldn’t have been made in any other decade than the 1970s, shot through with punk aesthetics and featuring turns from Adam Ant, Siousxie & The Banshees and Toyah Willcox.

Filmed during the year of Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee, Jarman’s film sees Elizabeth I and her alchemist Dr John Dee conjure up Shakespeare’s sprite Ariel, who sends them travelling through time to a brutal dystopian version of 1970s London where violent girl gangs roam the capital and Westminster cathedral has been turned into a gay disco club.

Sticking two bloodied fingers up to the establishment, Jubilee is a gloriously messy affair that’s as petty and nihilistic as the punk movement it aimed to simultaneously represent and satirise on screen, whilst Rocky Horror fans will get a thrill from seeing Nell Campbell and Richard O’Brien in Jarman’s eccentric cast.

Kent Live: Sevenoaks Mum Writes/Directs Film

May 30th, 2018

swiperight18aSevenoaks mum writes and directs her first feature film – and sets it around the town

Filming for the psychological horror starts this summer and stars eighties diva Toyah Willcox along with two actors from Sevenoaks

A touch of Tinseltown will descend on Sevenoaks this summer after a mother-of-five decided to set her first feature film in the town.

Knockholt film director and writer, Jane Sanger will be joined by 80s diva Toyah Willcox and English actress Sophie Ward along with Hollywood producer Darren Denison to film the psychological horror in Sevenoaks and throughout Kent.

Former drama teacher, Mrs Sanger, 50, of Main Road, said she hoped the film, based on internet dating, would be distributed in America but promised a screening at the Sevenoaks Stag in the run up to its release later this year.

• Continue reading at Kent Live.

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The Arts Shelf: BFI to Release ‘Jubilee’ for 40th Anniversary

May 26th, 2018

artsshelf18aBFI to release Derek Jarman’s ‘Jubilee’ in a 40th Anniversary Dual Format Edition on 18 June 2018

Following its inclusion in the BFI box set, Jarman Volume One: 1972-1986, BFI is set to release Derek Jarman‘s shocking cult classic, Jubilee, in a standalone 40th Anniversary Dual Format Edition release on 18 June 2018.

jubilee18mThe film stars Jenny Runacre, Ian Charleson, Jordan, Nell Campbell, and Linda Spurrier, alongside a host of punk rockers including Toyah Willcox and Adam Ant.

The  40th Anniversary Blu-ray presentation is a 2K remaster taken from the original camera negatives.

In Jubilee Queen Elizabeth I (Jenny Runacre) and her occult aide Dr John Dee (Richard O’Brien) travel into the future, encountering the megalomania of big business as well as gangs of violent, marauding killers.

The mythological past and bleak future converge on the sparse grey streets of London in Jarman’s cult classic of the punk era, accompanied by electrifying punk rock numbers delivered by Jayne County and Adam Ant.

• Continue reading at The Arts Shelf. See further info and details on the Special Features. Pre-order the Jubilee: 40th Anniversary Dual Edition for a reduced price at Amazon.

Toyah Newsy Bits: Kaleidoscope Man/Heckle

May 10th, 2018

kman16aKaleidoscope Man: Toyah was in the dubbing studio for K-Man last week – See her tweet…

Kaleidoscope Man: Browse our K-Man news archive here…

The Comet: Cameras roll in Stevenage restaurant for feature-length film: Voodoo Productions, based in Luton, have been filming feature-length psychological thriller Heckle at Misya in Stevenage High Street. The film, about a stand-up comedian who gets heckled during a performance and goes mad, stars Hollywood legend Clark Gable’s grandson, also named Clark Gable, Danny Dyer’s daughter – called Dani Dyer – Nicholas Vince of Hellraiser, and singer and actress Toyah Willcox – Continue reading at The Comet…

Heckle: Toyah has a role in another new film, HeckleSee her tweet…

Belper News: Festival Features Feast for Film Fans

April 17th, 2018

belpernews16aDerby Film Festival returns from May 4-13 with a host of special guests, film previews and events, as well as over 50 feature films.

Guests include actress and singer Toyah Willcox, Sir John Hurt’s widow Anwen Hurt who will introduce a preview screening of That Good Night, Hurt’s final leading role and Mandie Fletcher, who will discuss her career in film and television, directing classics of British television, from Butterflies, to Blackadder, Only Fools And Horses, Desmond’s, Absolutely Fabulous and Miranda, and the big screen, with Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie in 2016.

• Continue reading at Belper News. Browse more Toyah at Derby Film Festival news.