Cine-Excess V: revised dates and extended deadline for submissions

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Cine-Excess V

Call for Papers

The 5th International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents

Cine-Excess V: Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess

26th-28th May 2011, Odeon Covent Garden

Guests of Honour: Franco Nero (Django, Keoma, Die Hard II)
Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust, House on the Edge of the Park)

Further Guests TBA

Plus an exclusive premiere of the new 2011 Cut of Cannibal Holocaust

Keynote Address by Professor Martin Barker (author of The Video Nasties: Freedom and Censorship in the Arts) on House of the Edge of the Park + 6 UK theatrical premieres/exclusive cult screenings

To encompass an exclusive visit to Cine-Excess V by global cult legend Franco Nero, as well as an exclusive screening of the new 2011 cut of Cannibal Holocaust, with director Ruggero Deodato in attendance, the dates of this year's event are being moved back until 26-28th May 2011. The Call for papers for this year's event has also been extended to Thursday 31st March 2011, and we welcome submissions from academics, postgraduate students and cult scholars on the topic areas listed below.

Over the last 4 years, the Cine-Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival has brought together leading international scholars and critics with global cult filmmakers. Cine-Excess comprises of a 3 day conference alongside plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and 5-7 UK theatrical premieres of up and coming cult releases. The event also features its own dedicated DVD label, with recent releases including the official UK Blu-ray release of Dario Argento's Suspiria (1977). A new director's cut of Cannibal Holocaust (1979) is currently being completed in conjunction with Shameless Films for release in Summer 2011 and will be premiered at Cine-Excess V.

Previous guests of honour to the annual Cine-Excess 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), Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno) and Joe Dante (The Howling, Gremlins, The Hole.) 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), Matt Hills (University of Cardiff), Professor Jeffrey Sconce (Northwestern University), Professor Chris Jenks (Brunel University) and Professor Richard Dyer (Kings College, London.)

Papers from Cine-Excess III are currently being developed into the book Screening the Undead to be published by I.B. Tauris. A Cine-Excess Journal is also under development and will publish further papers from Cine-Excess V.

Cine-Excess V focuses on the theme of the controversial cult image in its political, historical and aesthetic contexts. With the resurgence of critical interest in the 1980s 'video nasties', as well as whole new generation of films being subject to official state control, the cult image is now becoming a crucial index between the censor and the censored. In order to investigate this further, Cine-Excess V will consider global case-studies of the controversial cult image, looking at both their political and aesthetic particularities. The event will consider the cult image in a broad remit, focusing on a range of cult media and technologies, including film, television, games, comics, and digital media. Proposals are welcomed on, but not limited to, the following topics and areas:

• Rediscovering the Horrific Real: The Resurgence of 'Realist' horror cinema
• Red, White and Grue-some: New Generations of US Splatter
• Realm of the Censored: Case-Studies of the Censored Image
• Trans-European Excess: Cult Controversies from the New Europe
• Censored Communities: Cult Audiences and the Subcultural
• I Split on Your Grave Again and Again and Again: Neo-Nasties and Retro Remakes
• Euotrashed! Extreme Auteurs From Ruggero Deodato, Umberto Lenzi, Joe D'Amato and Beyond
• The Ontology of Obscenity: The Politics and Aesthetics of the Erotic Image
• Degraded Genres, Debated Tastes: Cannibal Movies, Zombie Flicks, Torture Porn and Beyond
• Chrome, Metal and Controversy: Cult Biker, Cop and Gang Flicks
• 'Extreme' television: From Masters of Horror to Dead Set and Beyond
• Perverse Pedagogies: Teaching the Controversial Image
• Extreme Icons: Cult Performers, Performative Excess.
• National and transnational traditions and stylistic practices
• Four-colour, fumetti and graphic novels – cult, comics and graphic adaptations
• Technologies of Terror: Remediating Controversial Images in New media
• Female Avengers: Controversial Cult Femmes
• Third World Threats: Cult Controversies Beyond the Western Gaze
• Aesthetics of 'restraint' and 'excess'
• The Devil Within Her: The Cult Possession Movie'

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by Thursday 31st March 2011 to:

Leon Hunt
Co-Director of Cine-Excess V
School of Arts
Brunel University

Filippo Del Lucchese
Co-Director of Cine-Excess V
School of Social Sciences
Brunel University

For further information and regular updates on the event (including additional screenings) please visit or contact:

Xavier Mendik
Director of the Cine-Excess International Cult Film Conference and Festival
Director of the Cine-Excess DVD Label
School of Arts
Brunel University