QUICK CHAT with Magda Apanowicz

• October 25th, 2015

Recently, the delightful Magda and I chatted about her upcoming SF project on Indiegogo - OmniWorld (have a listen here, if you wish!). 

She's nearly always smiling or laughing in person!

While I had her on the line, it seemed only right that we have a little catch up about her life, work and hobbies. We only had a few moments but still managed to fit in snippets about a ton of stuff including putting the final touches on Continuum's final season and how hard it is to say goodbye to such awesome characters; learning accents (for roles mostly!); The Green Inferno - finally released after sitting in limbo for some time and cooking as a hobby. 

Then we discover why people shouldn't podcast while hungry as we sort of descend into food worship - PRO TIP there, lads!

Also, Magda has agreed to be a CultFix Special Correspondent (like our very good friend Reed Diamond) - so hopefully we'll be hearing more about her adventures soon!


The Green Inferno Trailer

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OmniWorld - Interview with Magda Apanowicz

• October 9th, 2015

Recently I came across a tweet promoting an Indiegogo project called -

OmniWorld - The Movie

When tragedy strikes a couple leaving one of them in a coma, the other is presented with the technology to reconnect the two lovers, but at what cost?

I was intrigued by the idea and, when I read further, realised that Culturally Fixated friend Magda Apanowicz is set to star!

magda eh

Naturally I asked her to share some behind the scenes info with us. We only had a ten minute chat but - as you imagine from two talkers - cover A LOT of ground. 


We chat about why Maggie Werning (the director) chose Indiegogo and what it's like raising funds for a film this way.

Magda also gives us a basic run down of the plot and what it was in particular that drew her to the project. We then have a bit of a natter about science fiction; the role that technology plays in our lives and the impact of this upon us as individuals but also as a society and species. 

Magda chats about pushing the boundaries within storytelling and acting. And then the two of us get deep and meaningful (read a bit paranoid) about the prospect of a real life Elysium; about the importance of human connection and harmony with technology. 

As always, it's a true pleasure nattering with Magda - she's so genuine and funny and awesome. 

This project is still raising funds for another week or so. If this sounds like something you'd like to support, head over to THIS page on Indigogo for contribution details!

Directed and written by: Maggie Werning

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Interview with Aaron Douglas!

• July 17th, 2015

Instantly recognisable within SciFi circles for his breakout portrayal of Chief Galen Tyrol on the re-imaged Battlestar Galactica and countless guest appearances on Dark Angel, Stargate, Reaper, Eureka and iZombie (to name but a few); Aaron Douglas has been appearing on our screens in a variety of roles on our favourite shows and films since the early 2000's.

During our chat we brought up so many different topics, it's hard to know where to begin! We started at the beginning of Aaron's journey as an actor; studying at the William B Davis Centre (X Files alum); playing every manner of law enforcement officer; the benefits of being Canadian (or at least within working distance of Vancouver) and his recent appearances online (check out his model building with Adam Savage on Tested HERE). 

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Selfie from Inva5ion 2015

We then wandered into the realm of conventions, science fiction and fans; the ramping up of violence and sex on TV and breaking away from Network TV rules. There's a run through of various shows and films that Aaron has worked on from The Strain to iZombie to The Returned to Catwoman, X Men - with his drawing out Lucky Seven as an especially great experience. 

Then onto Battlestar Galactica and what it's meant to Aaron. Related to that we tackled the questions he were asked via twitter:

  • we  speculate about the Chief's real ending on BSG
  • on his acting process
  • the realisation that the Chief was one of the Final Five
  • Shelf Life with Yuri Lowenthal and dressing up as a mountie
  • The best setting for Belgian waffles 

Then there's this weird interlude where he literally held stuff up to the camera. It's truly compelling radio. :P

Eventually we worked our way around to his other talents - he's had 2 stories published in an anthology and has a few more on the way; also, that screenplay that he's completed - before he disclosed his Secret Story Circles with voice acting superstar Tom Kane at Cons. 

So it was a great conversation, if not necessarily following a strictly speaking coherent format of any sort whatsoever. I hope you enjoy!

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Aaron Douglas Interview - sneak peek

• July 16th, 2015

A little tease

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Chat with Magda Apanowicz

• January 1st, 2015

So, maintaining my tradition (of a year ago *ahem*), I am officially calling in 2015 with a Canadian.

Last year it was the delightful Leah Cairns (who I will absolutely be bringing back for a chat!)...this year, Culturally Fixated  is joined by the equally fabulous and hilarious

Magda Apanowicz

Magda - Kyle xy
Andy Jenson - Kyle XY

Where to start!! There's something about Magda that made it just *IMPOSSIBLE* for me to stay in interview mode - she's that sort of person that I immediately started chatting to as though we were life long friends!

We discuss Christmas and her two Christmas TVM for Scifi (I refuse to call them siffy) - Snowmageddon and the 12 Disasters of Christmas.

Then we took a meander down 'genera' lane and chat about the appeal of Sci Fi and the huge emotions and stories that can be told. Kyle XY, Caprica, Caontinuum, Battlestar Galactica - it's so wonderful to find an actor that loves 'my' shows as much as I do.

Magda - Caprica
Lacy Rand - Caprica


Oh, and did I mention she's a Buffy fan. There's a point where you can almost hear us swoon across two different continents over Spike...that is to say James Masters.

We cast a quick eye over two of her recent (released if not shot recently) films - A Reason and The Green Inferno and Magda compares the mediums of TV and film to  come round to a favourite medium for telling stories.

We briefly touch upon some of her hobbies outside of acting - including travelling and both her Canadian and Polish roots. Finally we chat about the upcoming year!

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Kicking ass as Emily - Continuum



We swear. No two ways about it. I mean, we've not vulgar, heaven forfend...just passionate people with expressive vocabularies...
We *RUIN* practically every show that we mention - especially Caprica, Continuum (up to season 3) and discuss in detail the atrocious ending of Kyle XY. Aspects of Battlestar Galactica.
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Christmas Special 2 with Reed Diamond

• December 22nd, 2014

Once again Culturally Fixated is joined by our Special Correspondent in LA to celebrate Christmas!!

Welcome back to the fabulous, the funny, the festive


daniel whitehall gifWhat a chat!! We cover all sorts of everything - we dove straight in and began discussing Marvel, comics, Agents of SHIELD and Reed's reunion with Jed Whedon, Mo Tancharoen and Dichen Lachman. From there - it was a hectic head first trip down the rabbit hole as we covered Rossum, Hydra, the spectrum of TV villains and the parallels of the fictional and real world.

Then onto Reed's insanely busy 2014 - from Wayward Pines to the final season of Franklin and Bash, to working with Malcolm McDowell and his first foray in comedy (on TV anyway), then onto State of Affairs and back again. 

as Daniel Whitehall

All the while joined by Monkey (an actual magical monkey) and Donald (the inebriated and obscenely snobby elf). Daniel Whitehall - yup, heartless evil Nazi Hydra leader - even serenaded us with a chilling rendition of Jingle Bells. 

 Oh and I taught Reed how *not* to say Nollaig Shona (Merry Christmas in Irish). 

We've very good. Practically not offensive at all.
Agents of SHIELD. We ruin the living daylights out of the first half of the second season.
And the end part of the first.
Oh, we also assume that everyone is up to speed on Dollhouse and Much Ado About Nothing. Because why wouldn't you be?




Reed Diamond - Christmas Special the Second

Reed Diamond - Christmas Special
Reed Diamond - our 3rd chat - HERE!
Reed Diamond - our 2nd chat - HERE!
Reed Diamond - our 1st chat - HERE!
Say hi to Reed on Twitter. Don't be shy - he's delightful - @ReedDiamond

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Fancy more of our inane chatter? You'll find us on twitter as @SteveCult and @Drneevil
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Interview with Sandeep Parikh

• December 18th, 2014

As a Christmas treat, Cult Fix (me!) was joined by the charming, multi-talented and funny Sandeep Parikh!

Unfortunately the first three minutes of the recording went completely bonkers - it sounded as though we were under water for some strange reason. Then, without any rhyme or reason, it all played beautifully. Weird!!

Sandeep and I had a great chat about all sorts of everything. It's so delightful when you just get into a conversation flow, you know?

Particular highlights for me included discussing the art of being funny - or learning how to take comedy seriously; his favourite film (and the resultant fan boy moment). 

Obviously we also chatted about his work on network TV (The Crazy Ones and Community) as well as his online performances (The Guild, Legends of Neil). We also discussed how improv has influenced his work; the balancing act of writing, directing and acting and the importance of working with and creating a community of similarly minded creative folks. 

There's also a little glimpse into what 2015 has in store both for Sandeep and Effing Funny. 

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Cult Fix 4.02 - Chat with Munich

• June 17th, 2014
A few months ago I bumped into a few members of Leeds based electro-indie band Munich while waiting for a gig. 

Naturally, we got to talking. They seemed to be pretty cool lads so I arranged to have a bit of a chat with them about their band, music and Leeds.

Obviously, it's taken us just AGES to arrange something but finally we sat down in Cafe 164 and had a natter!

Meet Gareth and Simon (1 & 2 in the photo!). Then go listen to their music!!

Hope that you enjoy!  

Visit their website - Munich Band

Tweet the band - @MunichLeeds

Like on Facebook - Band Munich

Hear some of their sounds - SoundCloud

And finally - Instragram  

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Interview with Leah Cairns

• January 12th, 2014

For the first Podcast of 2014, I'm all a-flutter to welcome the originator of one of my favourite characters from one of my favourite TV shows - Racetrack from Battlestar Galactica herself 

Leah Cairns!

We chat about all sorts of things. From Leah's origins as a dancer through her epic backpack years (!) to her realization that she wanted to act...in India...while visiting a mediation centre. Perhaps this should come with a Random Alert warning, let alone language and spoilers!

We then discuss Battlestar Galactica - her audition, input into her character and the Racetrack arc as a whole. Along the way, expect constant little tidbits about the cast and crew Leah was working alongside. As Leah notes, no one really understands these characters as well as the actors who portray them!

Interstellar - Chris Nolan's soon to be released film, Kyle XY, Sanctuary, Fargo, The Tomorrow People and Leah's dream projects are also explored along the way.

Finally, we take a look at Leah's Go Fund Me campaign for two adorable little girls who are living with very dangerous conditions. 


We've very good. Practically not offensive at all. 

Nevertheless, those of an especially sensitive nature might want to brace themselves.


We *RUIN* Battlestar Galactica. Particularly the parts that relate to Racetrack. Because OBVIOUSLY.

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Sons Of Anarchy?

• December 23rd, 2013

In which Steve is joined by friend of the show, and fellow podcaster Marc Foster (www.towatchpile.co.uk) to talk all six seasons of FX's Sons Of Anarchy.  We discuss the recent S6 finale, and where Kurt Sutter takes the show from here...

WARNING: Contains massive spoilers! And we mean massive! And probably some bad language...

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