The fuse is indeed about to hit the powder keg very soon on ‘Strange Angel’ and the episode lays out a lot of groundwork and context that could possibly set the stage in further seasons (if the show does get renewed) to explore Jack’s ultimate meeting and friendship with the likes of Aleister Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. Tensions are high as Jack slowly alienates himself from his loved ones to blindly walk the path of Thelema, which he now believes is the key to realizing his dreams.
Prepare to be intrigued — your first look at the upcoming CBS All Access series Strange Angel is here. The drama, inspired by a true story and based on the novel Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons by George Pendle, stars Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction) as Jack Parsons, a smart and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles. The show follows his exploits from his early days starting out as a janitor at a chemical factory with fantastical dreams that ultimately lead him to create the unknown discipline of American rocketry.
The film was the first for a newly founded company, Prana Film. Prana was started by Enrico Dieckmann and Albin Grau. Grau was an occult practitioner, and as part of the Fraternitas Saturni (“Brotherhood of Saturn”), Grua took on the name Master Pacitius. The Brotherhood’s focus was “the study of esotericism, mysticism, and magic in the cosmic sense.” Though they adhered to… Read more »
U.S. label Cult Epics has dated its upcoming Blu-ray release of director Agusti Villaronga’s cult fantasy film Moon Child (1989), starring Maribel Martin, Lisa Gerrard, Lucia Bose, Enrique Saldana, and David Sust. The release will be available for purchase on April 24. Synopsis: Inspired by famed occultist Aleister Crowley’s 1923 novel of the same name, Agusti Villaronga’s film centers around… Read more »
From Opera Wire: On Sept. 18, Opera Philadelphia world premiered “The Wake World” as part of its 2017 festival. Composer David Hertzberg created an immersive experience that was showcased at the Barnes Foundation and that experimented with form and melody. As one of Opera Philadelphia’s 2017-2018 Composers-in-Residence, in a program offered in collaboration with Music-Theatre Group, Hertzberg will continue to… Read more »
The bizarre world of one of Newport’s most infamous residents who practised black magic and kept a kangaroo Evan Morgan was more than your average aristocrat. Famed for his eccentricity, he also practised black magic, kept an array of exotic animals, married twice to women despite being gay and often held lavish parties. TOMOS POVEY takes a look at the… Read more »
The BBC Four television channel has started to broadcast a new series: The Summer of Love: How the Hippies Changed the World. Unsurprisingly, Aleister Crowley features in the first episode: The first episode looks at how ideas, music and lifestyles from Asia, Europe and the American Left became entwined in California. It traces the roots of the hippies back to… Read more »