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Radio Free Albemuth review Top Hit of all Film Reviews – Australia Arts Hub

// January 24th, 2012 // 1 Comment » // Articles, Indie Films, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick, Reviews


Radio Free Albemuth Arts Hub review was the MOST viewed Film review in 2011. And in the Top Five of all reviews of Arts and Culture. Reviewed by Leon Marvel at Revelation Film Festival in Perth, Australia.


// November 20th, 2011 // 4 Comments » // Articles, Indie Films, Interviews, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

Danish journalist Kristian Lindberg says of RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH:

“…the narrative is crystal clear, logical and forward-moving. The film also delves into the question of how to preserve your humanity in a world that is ravaged and corrupted by oppression.” (Kristian Lindberg, Berlingske, Denmark)

Radio Free Albemuth writer/director/producer John Alan Simon interviewed by Kristian Lindberg for one of Denmark’s leading newspaper, Berlingske.

Radio Free Albemuth invited to screen at Danish Film Institute’s Philip K. Dick Retrospective on November 17 and 26. in Copenhagen. Other PKD films screening are Blade Runner, Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Total Recall, Adjustment Bureau.

“This Film Deserves A Big Audience.”

// September 3rd, 2011 // 12 Comments » // Articles, Film Festivals, Indie Films, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick, Reviews

Arts Hub review RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH by Leon Marvel.

“What finally distinguishes Radio Free Albemuth from all previous adaptations is that this film has soul, and I am pretty sure that Philip K. Dick would agree.”

“You don’t have to be a fan of Philip K. Dick or science fiction to enjoy this film. Radio Free Albemuth should be mandatory viewing for anyone who is interested in vital, independent cinema. If you get the chance to see it, don’t miss it.”

Silvia Aramchek (Alanis Morissette) in Radio Free Albemuth, film adaptation of novel by Philip K. Dick

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“PKD – SciFi Writer Who Fires Hollywood’s Imagination”

// February 27th, 2011 // No Comments » // Articles, Philip K. Dick

“Philip K. Dick isn’t really Hollywood’s favorite dead author. It only seems that way.”

“The bottom line for Hollywood when it comes to Dick is that Success breeds success.”  ~ Gordon van Gelder, Editor Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and administers the annual Philip K. Dick Award for sci-fi writing.

The writer at work. Shea Whigham who plays Phil in Radio Free Albemuth.

Washington Post Article written by Beale. Read the entire article.

Washington Post Comments on PKD Article.


// February 9th, 2011 // 5 Comments » // Articles, Indie Films, John Alan Simon, Philip K. Dick

Excerpts from David Gill’s TOTAL DICK-HEAD article on the relevance of  Philip K. Dick’s novel, RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH, and praising the excellence of John Alan Simon’s film adaptation of RFA.

Awesome adaptation.”

“When the Egyptian government started rounding up journalists last week, in my mind I kept going back to the movie, which does an amazing job of capturing the maddening injustice of a government working against its people.”

“Simon is able to forefront the human drama in RFA by building the narrative around Nick and Phil’s friendship. As a result, the plot develops out of the characters rather than a science-fictional idea. This is one of the most interesting things that separates RFA from other adaptations of PKD’s work: while Hollywood most often simply lifts one of PKD’s SF concepts and grafts it into Keanu-Cruise computer-generated green-screen action flick with car chases, RFA eschews all of that in favor of the rich interpersonal drama of this friendship.”

“Amid all the high-stakes drama of the Egyptian protests and their foreign policy ramifications, it’s easy to forget that what you are seeing on TV is a human drama, that the protests are made up not of demands but of people who want justice. Those aren’t actors on your screen, and it isn’t fake blood. It’s an important thing to remember and Simon’s adaptation of RFA in both form and content reminds us that this overarching concern with the human element in any situation is often at the core of Dick’s fiction. I’m excited that one way or another, Dick-heads are going to get a chance to see this movie.”

“The Top 10 Gnostic Stories of 2010″

// December 29th, 2010 // 13 Comments » // Articles, Indie Films, Philip K. Dick, Publicity



Philip K. Dick’s Radio Free Albemuth is released as a movie. Dick’s semiautobiographical novel was published posthumously in 1985.  Dick never released this work because of frustration with his publisher, instead injecting its mystic themes in his exalted Gnostic Valis Trilogy.  Set in an alternative reality where an alien, godlike presence attempts to aid humanity in overthrowing a fascist America and its own godlike ruler, Radio Free Albemuth could soon join the hallowed pantheon of Dick novels adapted to the big screen such as BladerunnerTotal Recall,Minority ReportPaycheck, and several others.”


“One of the Festivals Big Hits” — Report on Sydney Fantastic Planet Film Festival

// December 22nd, 2010 // 9 Comments » // Articles, Film Festivals, Indie Films, John Alan Simon, Publicity

“Australia’s Best Movie Magazine”

“The ultra cerebral US-production Radio Free Albemuth was one of the festival’s big hits, winning the Director’s Choice Best Feature award for filmmaker John Alan Simon. Based on the novel of the same name by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick – composer of the tales that became Blade Runner, Minority Report and Total Recall – Radio Free Albemuth made its international premiere at Fantastic Planet, while Robert Rodriguez’s Machete made its Australian debut. These were just two coups for the exceptionally  diverse Fantastic Planet Film Festival.”

Science fiction and fantasy are genres driven by ideas, which were in abundance at Fantastic Planet. “There are obviously films within the festival that are the bigger action or effects box-ticking type films,” says Bertram. “But we program a lot of independent science fiction as well. Perhaps because those filmmakers are working with smaller budgets and they have to be dependent on ideas or a very strong story or performances, so it has to be more cerebral. They don’t have tens of millions of dollars to sell it just by blowing the audience away with special effects.”

Read the entire article at

To Boldly Go…Sydney’s Fantastic Planet Film Festival certainly lived up to its name!    by Annette Basile | December 22, 2010 08:22