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2000 AD => News => : JOE SOAP 25 November, 2018, 12:21:53 AM

: Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio
: JOE SOAP 25 November, 2018, 12:21:53 AM
Judge Dredd Owner Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio (https://variety.com/2018/film/news/judge-dredd-2000-ad-rogue-trooper-rebellion-uk-film-tv-studio-1203035523/)

Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper are shooting into action near Oxford, England.

Video-game company Rebellion, which is moving into film and TV, has bought a large former print works that will be converted into studio space for its highly anticipated Judge Dredd TV series, “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One,” and its Rogue Trooper film, directed by Duncan Jones (“Source Code”). Both projects feature characters from the legendary British comic book series “2000 AD,” which Rebellion bought, appropriately enough, in 2000.

As well as servicing Rebellion’s burgeoning slate of film and TV projects, the studio will also be made available to third parties in a boost for the entertainment industry in Britain, where demand for space is outstripping supply.

The site in Didcot, about 50 miles west of London, was previously a printing press for the Daily Mail newspaper. With large soundproofed spaces already in place, parts of the facility will be ready for use within weeks, without the need to go through the lengthy planning permission process.

 
Major expansions are underway at Pinewood, Shepperton, Church Fenton and other studios, and there are plans to build new facilities in Liverpool, East London and Leeds. But with its proximity to production bases in London and Bristol, the new Rebellion Studios will provide much-needed additional space now. It boasts an overall area of 220,000 square feet, including a 25,000-square-foot sound stage.



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Jason Kingsley, who founded Rebellion with his brother Chris, said the site would be used as a location as well as a studio. The company expects to create up to 500 new jobs as the new studio gets up and running.

In the gaming world, Rebellion is known for the “Sniper Elite” series and such recent releases as “Strange Brigade.” It has acquired a raft of comic book IP, having bought “2000 AD” from Egmont and, two years ago, the Fleetway and IPC Youth Group archives from the same seller, a deal that handed it titles and characters including “Battle,” “Action” and “Roy of the Rovers.”

Jason Kingsley told Variety that the barriers between different types of screen-based entertainment and storytelling are falling away. “I think we are pretty good at creating content in all different types, screen content and interactive games and all sorts of stuff, and I’m hoping we’re going to be equally good at making TV and film,” he said.

The Kingsleys were producers on the 2012 feature film “Dredd,” and the hard-hitting lawman will return in TV series “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.” That will be produced by Rebellion Studios, which, with pilot script in hand, is talking to potential broadcast and platform partners. The Rogue Trooper film features the titular blue-skinned, genetically engineered super-soldier, and is being developed in partnership with Duncan Jones and Stuart Finnegan, who are directing and producing, respectively.

Part of the reason for setting up the new studio, which sits near Rebellion’s Oxford base, was a lack of space to pursue these new projects, Kingsley said.

 
“We’ve got a huge library of good stories, and we’ll do original stuff as well,” Kingsley said. “We make computer games. VFX is an area we are looking at as well. There is a whole bunch of interesting stuff, but you do need the craft skills and you need facilities…and it is hard to find them. We were looking and couldn’t find anywhere to shoot the stuff we have ambitions to do.”



Chris Kingsley noted that the growth in the demand for content from the likes of Netflix and Amazon is an opportunity, but has also presented a challenge in terms of space and facilities. “We’re seeing more big players wanting to get in on the action,” he said. “This is very exciting for the domestic and global film industries, but it’s also meant that our infrastructure is under increasing pressure.”

The Rebellion library covers superheroes but also touches on other genres. Through its acquisition of the TI Media library, it has an archive stretching back 130 years that includes “Comic Cuts,” which dates back to 1888 and is arguably where the term “comic” originated.

“We have plans, we have a lot of scripts in development, we have got a lot of scripts written, we have pilots that are looking for people to work with, we have people going out to the U.S. to talk to the people who are the routes to market,” Jason Kingsley said.


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: maryanddavid 25 November, 2018, 12:41:56 AM
They mean business!
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: TordelBack 25 November, 2018, 05:14:46 AM
Gulp!
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: Colin YNWA 25 November, 2018, 07:15:56 AM
Well wow that a thing then. I guess they know what they are doing and good luck to them.
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: DrJomster 25 November, 2018, 09:26:24 AM
Impressive! Go team, go!
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: Frank 25 November, 2018, 10:37:21 AM

Buying the old Daily Mail print facility means the new owners can start producing fiction there without applying for a change of use permit.


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: moly 25 November, 2018, 10:58:23 AM
Just hope they aren't taking to much debt on to finance this and the treasury collections
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: Colin YNWA 25 November, 2018, 11:35:42 AM

Buying the old Daily Mail print facility means the new owners can start producing fiction there without applying for a change of use permit.

HA!
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: CalHab 25 November, 2018, 12:17:28 PM

Buying the old Daily Mail print facility means the new owners can start producing fiction there without applying for a change of use permit.

It will continue to be used to create dystopias.
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: dweezil2 25 November, 2018, 12:53:19 PM
Brilliant news!
Needless to say, I shall be watching developments with huge, excited interest!!!  :D :thumbsup:
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: Frank 25 November, 2018, 01:30:48 PM

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-46289086

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/11/24/rebellion-buys-a-studio-for-judge-dredd-mega-city-one-rogue-trooper/

Couple more articles, interesting in different ways.

The BBC piece presents the TV series and Rogue Trooper film as fait accompli, but emphasises this is a move into the studio space market for other productions. It quotes the wonk at HSBC who financed the deal: "(this) dramatically increase(s) the studio space available for the burgeoning film and TV production sector and is ideally located with easy access from London".

The Bleeding Cool report starts off by claiming the facility is in London (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Daily+Mail/@51.6192405,-1.2780608,407m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x4876b911fd64c0ad:0x141c45ba827a6a3e!8m2!3d51.6191043!4d-1.2763378?fbclid=IwAR338akL_3d83zfzOKFVXBK_vnLsfRqVgPnzAX5rjUL4s9Kf9wgCr1KFmu0), but more interesting from our perspective, says Tharg's relocating the Nerve Centre there. That fits with the recent information that Tharg's moving to purpose-built accommodation*. Wonder if he'll keep a few of Viscount Rothermere's presses and bring print and warehousing back in-house, too?


* Although I can't remember where I read/heard that. If it was in a recent Nerve Centre, Input, Damage Report or Thrillcast, I can't find it.
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: paddykafka 25 November, 2018, 01:46:07 PM
Time to dust off my alternative Big Brother feature script, which replaces ordinary contestants with characters from the 2000AD Universe. Dredd, Anderson, Nemesis, Strontium Dog, Big Dave and Halo Jones all living  under the same roof. What could possibly go wrong with such a scenario?  :)
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: metalmarc 25 November, 2018, 01:51:21 PM
Great news, cannot wait to see what comes feom this in the future

Also there are some massive 3rd party film and TV companies I can see wanting to borrow the space for filming in the future such as Star Wars, Dr Who, anything Marvel and non Sci-Fi too
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 25 November, 2018, 02:08:49 PM
Well, Rebellion is betting on both TV and Film to expand their product line, and the Didcot studio is relatively close by to their HQ in Oxford. They've decided that to make the programmes they want the best way is to make it at home without the cost and hassle of having to hire a Studio elsewhere. 'Dredd comes to Didcot!' it seems. This information is 'Zarjazz' news not just for Rebellion but possibly the British Comic Industry. Will Roy of the Rovers the Movie be made here along with other comic books characters?
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: TordelBack 25 November, 2018, 02:37:48 PM
Even leaving aside the obvious savvy and gumption of the Kingsleys, it says something about the amount of money that must be wasted elsewhere in the Games industry that a relatively small player like Rebellion can go for something on this scale.  And it's not like they haven't been investing and creating elsewhere in recent years. 

Nervous of any risk to the Precious, but optimistic that they can do this if anyone can.
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: JOE SOAP 25 November, 2018, 03:29:31 PM
Advertising in industry mag Variety that you have a large studio to rent (amongst your IP wares) is not a bad move.

A small country like Ireland with loads of free space has about half a dozen large scale film/TV studios for rent and more proposed.

2000AD productions may or may not be exactly imminent but studio rental is a game to be in. Rebellion obviously wants to diversify and expand its portfolio, and is willing to borrow and invest large capital to do that.

Marvel, while not originally needing or intending to build their own infrastructure, did something similar on a larger, riskier scale by borrowing $525 million from Merrill Lynch to fund their Phase One films.

HOW MARVEL RISKED EVERYTHING TO GO FROM BANKRUPTCY TO BILLIONS (http://screencrush.com/marvel-bankruptcy-billions/)


Blade made $70 million at the U.S. box office, but Marvel only pocketed a shocking $25,000. Because of a flat-fee negotiation, Marvel made nothing off the success of X-Men.

In 2003, Endeavor talent agent David Maisel pitched Marvel a simple, but radical idea: why continue to give away your best assets to other companies for a paltry fee? Create your own production studio, develop and produce these titles in house and retain 100% of the profits.  At the time, Marvel was intrigued but hesitant to move forward. After about seven years toiling away at profitability in the wake of their bankruptcy, they were finally starting to see some returns, as small as they were. Why risk all that on a plan that leave them broke again?

Maisel was persistent; his main argument was that if this deal failed they were arguably no worse off than where they currently were, but with a chance to become their own successful studio and finally in creative and financial control of their own assets. In 2005, the Marvel board approved Maisel's plan and a seven-year, $525 million financing deal with Merrill Lynch was announced that would launch Marvel Studios, an internal production company that would “give Marvel complete creative control” over their films (an agreement was reached with Paramount Pictures who would market and distribute the films).

But, to get that $525 million, Marvel had to put something up as collateral: almost everything they had.

The deal included 10 properties — Captain America, The Avengers, Nick Fury, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Cloak & Dagger, Doctor Strange, Hawkeye, Power Pack, and Shang-Chi — and if the Marvel Studios plan failed, they would lose the rights to every single one of those properties. The bank would own them and the plans for a Marvel Cinematic Universe would be dead.
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: wedgeski 26 November, 2018, 09:25:32 AM
Nervous of any risk to the Precious, but optimistic that they can do this if anyone can.
You have summed up my feelings perfectly.
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: ZenArcade 26 November, 2018, 09:41:24 AM
Brilliant news! z
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: Dash Decent 26 November, 2018, 11:19:19 AM
This is why they're bringing out the Sweeny Toddler collection.  My 14.99 is helping finance this!

I'm practically a shareholder!
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: sheridan 26 November, 2018, 01:54:46 PM
This is why they're bringing out the Sweeny Toddler collection.  My 14.99 is helping finance this!

I'm practically a shareholder!

Well done - only another 6,671,114 copies to sell and it'll cover the studio acquisition *






* afraid I don't know the printing, distribution and marketing costs
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 26 November, 2018, 02:45:24 PM
The Daily Mail newspaper has its print run in Didcot, so Fascism runs throughout the framework of the Building perfect for Judge Dredd!
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: Sinx 28 November, 2018, 11:21:19 AM
I'd like to see them do Zenith as a movie - both cashing in on the current craze and acting as a bit of an antidote
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: Proudhuff 29 November, 2018, 05:37:44 PM
Handy, Rebellion can reuse this

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C_LZnLoXsAAQBKs.jpg)
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 20 March, 2019, 10:23:25 AM
Mr H's current status of the Judge Dredd TV series. Might be a longer wait than we thought.

https://youtu.be/4DQ9NDvam2A
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: IndigoPrime 20 March, 2019, 11:53:44 AM
Is that going to be 17 minutes of speculation, if I watch it?
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: Jim_Campbell 20 March, 2019, 11:55:33 AM
Is that going to be 17 minutes of speculation, if I watch it?

Given that he says he has no new info in the first minute (despite asking Rebellion for an update), I didn't bother listening to the rest of it.
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: Steve Green 20 March, 2019, 12:32:14 PM
Recap + criticising lazy journos regurgitated Netflix/urban clickbait
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: sheridan 20 March, 2019, 02:02:54 PM
Recap + criticising lazy journos regurgitated Netflix/urban clickbait

Though amusingly enough just repeating what had been reported previously.  Nice to have a recap of what has gone before though.  (speaking as somebody who just listened to it while eating their lunch at work, so not time I would have been devoting to anything else).
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: Steve Green 20 March, 2019, 04:59:29 PM
One interesting point that was pointed out to me a couple of weeks ago is that IMGlobal don’t seem to be involved any longer.

Mark Stern has set up a new company and all the scripted stuff has gone with him.

So Mc-1 is now under Fearless Media Group...
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 01 May, 2019, 10:01:28 AM
Oh dear, some possibly bad news here.

 https://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/exclusive-dredd-sequel-and-planned-tv-show-dead
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: Jim_Campbell 01 May, 2019, 10:05:56 AM
Oh dear, some possibly bad news here.

 https://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/exclusive-dredd-sequel-and-planned-tv-show-dead

I can't work out how they get from one very guarded quote from Urban to "Today we have word via Dredd himself Karl Urban that all future Dredd projects may be dead in the water." That's not even close to what he said.
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 01 May, 2019, 10:26:33 AM
I hope you're right. Perhaps it was my gut reaction that took over. Brexit misery then this! 
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: Dark Jimbo 01 May, 2019, 10:39:11 AM
I can't work out how they get from one very guarded quote from Urban to "Today we have word via Dredd himself Karl Urban that all future Dredd projects may be dead in the water." That's not even close to what he said.

Isn't that just how websites fill articles these days? Doesn't have to be true, it's just enough (possible) material to hang a story around.
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: sheridan 01 May, 2019, 10:48:50 AM
Oh dear, some possibly bad news here.

 https://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/news/exclusive-dredd-sequel-and-planned-tv-show-dead

I can't work out how they get from one very guarded quote from Urban to "Today we have word via Dredd himself Karl Urban that all future Dredd projects may be dead in the water." That's not even close to what he said.

Exactly - the 'crazy' part he's referring to is that despite all the much higher profile films he's been in, before and since, this is the one that he frequently gets asked questions about.  And he's referring to 'Dredd 2', not the series in the following quote.

: Karl_Urban
I really don't know much. I had a couple of preliminary meetings... gotta be a couple of years ago now, so it's a long-gestating project. I've gone on record saying if I had the opportunity to get back in that world and explore more stories I'd be down for it. It's crazy, it's been a few years since that movie came out and one of the most commonly asked questions I get is, when is Dredd 2?
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: Jim_Campbell 01 May, 2019, 11:03:16 AM
Exactly - the 'crazy' part he's referring to is that despite all the much higher profile films he's been in, before and since, this is the one that he frequently gets asked questions about.  And he's referring to 'Dredd 2', not the series in the following quote.

No… I'm pretty sure he's talking about the series when he mentions meetings and "a long-gestating project". As far as I know, there have never been any serious talks about Dredd 2. It's years since Garland unequivocally stated that whilst he hoped there would be another Dredd movie some time, it wouldn't be made by him or be a sequel to the 2012 movie.
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: IndigoPrime 01 May, 2019, 11:29:13 AM
Quite. So what happened here is:

- Urban is interviewed again
- He confirms (again) that he's had some meetings a couple of years back
- He reiterates that he's interested, if it's possible
- He notes that even now, despite Dredd bombing at the box office, that it's much-loved
- Dreadful website takes a quote, and builds a narrative all of their own about it, in order to get clickbait and SEO

On the plus side, I at least now know there's no reason to ever visit Joblo.com again. They even compelled me to leave a comment, the bastards.
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: sheridan 01 May, 2019, 12:39:22 PM
By the way: "Dredd sequel and planned TV show dead?!"* conforms to Betteridge's law of headlines, "Any headline that ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no."

* Let's pretend that interrobang (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interrobang) isn't there, shall we?
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: sheridan 01 May, 2019, 12:46:09 PM
Jason Kingsley has spoken.  He said It isn't so (https://www.facebook.com/2000AD/posts/10156023471921366?comment_id=10156023999821366&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7D).  So we can ignore that 'article' and go back to our usual speculating now.
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: Steve Green 02 May, 2019, 08:29:11 AM
The last article I saw about the studios which seemed to have more concrete news than these clickbait sites was this one.

"Jason Kingsley said the company is “steeped in the idea of doing things ourselves. We want to emulate what we do in computer games, where we are vertically integrated fully, so we self-fund our titles – the development, production and marketing of them – and then take them through to distribution with partners like Microsoft and Sony.”

Kingsley added that the acquisition of the studio was spurred on by the fact that Rebellion was finding it tricky to book space in the UK to make its projects. He said the size of the studio plus its location near Rebellion’s HQ and the fact that it is less than an hour from London and Heathrow made it a perfect choice.

Kingsley said the studio would act as collateral when Rebellion is putting together deals on its productions. “We can provide the facilities – they can be part of our investment.”

He said the first Rebellion film to shoot there is likely to be an adaption of teen apocalypse drama School’s Out, based on the book published by Rebellion, which is set to film in the spring. Mega City One and Rogue Trooper could possibly go into production next autumn, he added."

https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/tech/two-major-tv-and-film-studios-to-open-in-oxfordshire/5135055.article (https://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/tech/two-major-tv-and-film-studios-to-open-in-oxfordshire/5135055.article)

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: IAMTHESYSTEM 02 May, 2019, 08:48:19 AM
Yes! I feel much better about Mega City One TV series now, and I forgot that the Rogue Trooper film is in pre-production as well. Doh! Dangers of the Internet, suckered by the Clickbait. A Lesson learned for me [I hope!].
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 15 May, 2019, 11:45:09 AM
Some stuff here about Rebellion.

https://mcvuk.com/rebellions-jason-kingsley-on-epic-exclusives-stadia-and-why-its-making-judge-dredd-for-tv/?fbclid=IwAR0vuwGjy_0PVmgVS3nVQPEcjMXi7HKfGXhT9KCuyml3u7SVoyoLP5UHWu8
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: JayzusB.Christ 19 May, 2019, 12:45:23 PM
I haven't read School's Out but I'm excited about this too. Sounds very much like Kids Rule OK.  Which is a good thing in my book.
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: Professor Bear 19 May, 2019, 01:41:26 PM
Sounds good!  Any post-apocalyptic fiction that doesn't have yet more fucking zombies in it is fine by me.
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 19 May, 2019, 01:56:20 PM
Sounds good!  Any post-apocalyptic fiction that doesn't have yet more fucking zombies in it is fine by me.

The Knights of God was a TV series back in the eighties. Perhaps there might be something like that since it reflected the changes under Thatcherism. Post Apocalyptic is appropriate since oldies like me [Generation X'er-and proud!] have effectively stolen the future from the young.
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: Professor Bear 19 May, 2019, 03:34:57 PM
Coincidentally, I'm currently watching Knights of God, and my main takeaway is that the Welsh are a violent and unsentimental people who will do well after society collapses.  Their main source of entertainment will be hunting the English.
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: JOE SOAP 19 May, 2019, 04:01:20 PM
A Welsh epic.

(https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/qn0AAOSw~vpaCu0j/s-l1600.jpg)
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: IAMTHESYSTEM 19 May, 2019, 09:14:24 PM
I think this Poster makes it more exciting than I remember it. It's been a long time since I've seen TKOG. Here's a link to the first episode on YouTube.

  https://youtu.be/KgxJ3tsJXac
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: TordelBack 19 May, 2019, 10:45:25 PM
I love Knights of God, but that poster has a haunting beauty all its own.
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: I, Cosh 19 May, 2019, 11:37:45 PM
Dying to know of a name like Anne Stallybrass carried the same kind of exotic charge for a German as Solveig Dommartin did for me.
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: I, Cosh 19 May, 2019, 11:38:43 PM
Fuck. Who I've just discovered was French, not German, and died over a decade ago.