Newly released from BBC is the complete series edition of Shoestring, the record-breaking private eye series, set in Bristol. Mike was the Story Editor involved in the setup and early episodes of this series. In the new book, written by Andrew Pixley, which accompanies the release, Mike discusses the details of the creation of Eddie Shoestring.
On Christmas Day TG4 aired Brian Reddin’s documentary film, Robert Shaw: Jaws, Deoch & Deora, about the life and work of the legendary actor, with contributions from actress Sarah Miles, writer-director Michael Feeney Callan and Shaw family members.
Mike hosted Victoria Price’s Vincent Price Legacy lecture at the Irish Film Institute on November 3, introducing a screening of Vincent’s personal favourite Corman/Poe movie, The Tomb of Ligeia.
Mike participated in the Heritage Yeats event, Mr Yeats Visits Killala, at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Killala, Co Mayo in August, reading Yeats’ work in an evening of storytelling, poetry and music.
Currently on release on DVD and Blu-Ray is Season 2 of the international hit series, The Professionals, remastered with surround sound. The accompanying booklet contains a new interview with Mike and other writers of the series.
Mike contributed to the summer edition of Cineaste magazine’s Art and Craft of Film Biography: A Critical Symposium, alongside Cari Beauchamp, Kevin Brownlow, Marc Eliot and others. To access a copy of this detailed analysis of the biographer’s craft, visit Cineaste for subscription information.
Check out a clip from Mike’s film, The Beach Boys Today, celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary. Keep an eye on this column for announcement of release on DVD.
Check out the promotional film Declare Your Independence, written and directed by Mike for BOBCOM.
Check out Mike’s film of John Lennon’s original band, The Quarrymen, playing live at The Cavern, Liverpool. Produced & directed by Michael Feeney Callan. View video here.
MOVING OVER: Mike has released on eBook a sampler short story, called Moving Over, from his upcoming first collection of short stories, THE BEAUTIFUL CORNER. Details of book release here shortly. Available at Amazon Kindle.
THE WOMAN & THE RABBIT: Reviewer Ben Quinn’s verdict on Mike’s new novel in the Irish Independent: “Will Self on speed.” Irish Examiner reviewer Val Nolan praised the complexity of “a novel all about balance and the concessions we make to maintain it.” Book available in paperback and eBook formats. Available at Amazon.
HARRIS REVISED: Pentheum Press has issued a new, revised version of Mike’s acclaimed biography of actor Richard Harris, reviewed by Kirkus as “meticulous.” In large format paperback and eBooks. Available at Amazon.
HOPKINS IN RUSSIAN: A Russian language translation of Mike’s biography of Sir Anthony Hopkins was issued by Ripol Classics in Moscow in April, 2015.
HOPKINS IN LARGE PRINT: A large print version of Mike’s Antony Hopkins biography, published by ReadHowYouWant Books, is now available online and via Amazon.
ACCLAIM FOR REDFORD BIOGRAPHY: Mike’s bestselling biography, Robert Redford: the Biography, chosen by the Sunday Times and Entertainment Weekly as a Best Books of the Year selection, continues its many translations. The book has been issued in German, Hungarian, Portuguese, Spanish, Polish and Czech. Available at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.
REDFORD AUDIO BOOK: The 14-disc Random House audio version of the unabridged Robert Redford: The Biography read by Mark Deakins (Star Trek: Voyager; Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is available in stores and via Amazon.
Mike on YouTube interviewed by Music-News, the online culture news service, at the Cavern, Liverpool, during production of the Magical History Tour, a promotion for the Chanel 4 television series Sounds from the Cities. View the interview.
Hear Mike on the RTE arts show Arena, discussing his second poetry collection, An Argument for Sin. Listen to the interview.
SUNDAY TIMES: Jeff Dawson of the Sunday Times interviews Mike about Robert Redford. See Jeff Dawson’s blog for full aritcle.
VANITY FAIR: Mike’s controversial feature in Vanity Fair, revealing the truth behind the making of All The President’s Men. See Vanity Fair.
GQ MAGAZINE: Mike guest writes for GQ Magazine and picks his top ten underrated Robert Redford classic movies. See GQ Magazine.
Mike’s celebrated recent production was the Channel 4 television series Sounds from the Cities, featuring K T Tunstall, Imelda May, Gruff Rhys and a number of emerging young artists from Scotland, Wales, Ireland and England.
As an additional incentive for emerging talent, Mike directed the Magical History Tour, a homage to the Beatles which included interviews with Pete Best and the Quarrymen and Cavern Club performances by talent from LIPA, the esteemed Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
From October through Christmas Mike produced and directed the start-up episodes of LIPA’s The 2UBE, a 2-hour student-centered series live from the Institute which is now a regular online event.