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(CFP) Cine-Excess III

The Third International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents

Beyond Life: The Undead in Global Cult Media

Curzon Soho Cinema

Central London

Thursday 30th April – Saturday 2nd May 2009.

Guest of Honour

George A. Romero

(Recipient of the Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Award)

Over the last two years, the Cult Film Archive at Brunel University has developed the successful Cine-Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival as a high profile annual event which brings together leading international scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day 10-15 parallel strand conference alongside plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and UK theatrical premieres of up and coming cult releases.

Some of the previous guests to this event have included John Landis (An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Intruder, The Wild Angels, Bloody Mama), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, King of the Ants, Stuck) and Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond Re-Animator, The Dentist). Our keynotes have included Sir Christopher Frayling (Head of the Arts Council), Professor Mark Jancovich (University of East Anglia), Professor Martin Barker (University of Wales, Aberystwyth) and Matt Hills (University of Cardiff). 

After two successful years with a broad approach to global cult traditions, the conference strand of Cine Excess III offers a themed focus to tie in with our invited guest George Romero (subject to availability), internationally celebrated creator of the ‘Living Dead’ film series.  ‘Beyond Life’ examines representations, cults, fandoms and different cultural traditions surrounding zombies, vampires, mummies and other undead from a range of different approaches and disciplines as well as in different media – film, TV, games, internet, comics etc.

Proposal are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics and areas:

  • Fan cultures surrounding zombies, vampires and the undead.
  • Resident Evil and Beyond: The Undead in videogames.
  • Cult Auteurs and the Living Dead – George Romero, Sam Raimi, Lucio Fulci, Amando De Ossorio.
  • From Buffy to Dead Set – the Undead and Cult TV
  • Reanimating the classroom – zombies and vampires in Film and Media Studies.
  • Identity politics and the undead – gender, sexuality, national identity
  • Genres, sub-genres and cycles – Gothic cinema, 1970s American cinema, European traditions, the walking dead in Asian cinema.
  • Dead Sexy – Vampire Romance and Other Undead Erotics
  • Undead Icons – Ingrid Pitt, Soledad Miranda, Christopher Lee, Barbara Steele
  • Zombies on Demand: New Technologies and Home-made Horror

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by Tuesday 6th January 2009 to

Leon Hunt                                                     Sharon Lockyer

Co-Director of Cine-Excess III Co-Director of Cine-Excess III

Brunel University                                           Brunel University

Uxbridge                                                      Uxbridge

Middlesex                                                     Middlesex

UB8 3PH                                                       UB8 3PH

Leon.hunt@brunel.ac.uk Sharon.lockyer@brunel.ac.uk

For further information on Cine-Excess please consult the website www.cine-excess.co.uk or contact Xavier Mendik Director of the Cine-Excess Film Festival on xavier.mendik@brunel.ac.uk.

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