Kevin MacDon­ald

The di­rec­tor of Black Sea and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of 11.22.63’ s genre faves...

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Favourite SF/ fan­tasy TV show

I’m not into any of the big sci- fi shows, like Star Trek or Doc­tor Who. I liked Bat­tlestar Galac­tica, the re­boot, the most. To me, that’s the gold stan­dard of in­tel­li­gent sci­ence fic­tion on tele­vi­sion.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy book

I was al­ways very into fan­tasy. I’d say that my dream books to turn into films – I don’t know why it never hap­pened – are the Earth­sea tril­ogy, which I loved as a kid. I still re­mem­ber the phys­i­cal­ity of the world and the speci­ficity of the fan­tasy el­e­ments. Just the world she [ Ur­sula Le Guin] cre­ates. It feels like she’s re­ally cre­ated a world you can touch and the psy­chol­ogy seems fa­mil­iar and un­der­stand­able.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy film

A film that I loved is Silent Run­ning. I haven’t seen it for a long time, but there’s some­thing for me that’s so beau­ti­ful about that com­bi­na­tion of plant life, bi­ol­ogy and space. I’m also a Star­ship Troop­ers fan. I re­watched that a cou­ple of years ago. It is sort of ge­nius, ac­tu­ally. The tone that Ver­ho­even man­ages to cap­ture is just fan­tas­tic and ironic. You’re never quite sure when your leg is be­ing pulled and when it’s not.

Favourite SF/ fan­tasy char­ac­ter

I’m go­ing to be re­ally unimag­i­na­tive and say the wizard from the Earth­sea books, Ged. Un­like most books which you go back to, which you read as a teenager and go back to and just seem re­ally thin and dis­ap­point­ing, that re­ally stood up for me. I was re­ally im­pressed by it. It was al­most bet­ter as an adult.

11.22.63 is cur­rently air­ing on Fox UK.

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