The Mondo Film and its Legacy

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
University of Bradford (UK)
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Film International


Contributions are invited for a special edition of Film International devoted to the ‘mondo’ shock documentary film. The mondo genre was created in the 1960s by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi and Paolo Cavara with their first feature Mondo Cane (Italy, 1962). The genre quickly became an international sensation, hated by most critics but admired by large audiences and the likes of John Waters, Sergio Leone, Boyd Rice and J.G. Ballard.


Contributions can explore any aspect of the mondo film including the pre-history of the genre and its legacy.


This edition of Film International will be edited by Mark Goodall (University of Bradford, UK), author of Sweet and Savage: the World Through the Mondo Film Lens (2nd revised edition, Headpress, 2018).


Individual contributions will be 5-8000 words and should be written in a style that is not overly academic and is accessible to the general reader.


Suggested topics:


  • Mondo cinema and Italian film history
  • Gender and Sexuality in the mondo film
  • Mondo cinema and the horror film
  • Mondo and documentary/ethnographic film
  • The mondo film and the death film
  • The exotic documentary film
  • Atrocity film and video
  • Music and sound in mondo films
  • The mondo film and exploitation cinema
  • Race and representation in mondo cinema
  • Mondo aesthetics and contemporary media


Please send 200-word proposals to by 1 June 2018. Completed essays will be required by 31 October 2018.