CFP: [Film] Cine-Excess II: The Second International Cult Film Conference 1st-3rd May 2008

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Xavier Mendik

Cine-Excess was created by the Cult Film Archive at Brunel University to
promote the launch of the world’s first MA in Cult Film and TV at
Brunel. ‘Cult’ is a contemporary media buzz-word and cult status has
become something that many filmmakers aspire to.

The Cine-Excess philosophy aims to bring together the people with the
power to elevate a film to cultdom. International Filmmakers,
distributors and marketing executives will confront academics and critics
at this unique annual event, which will feature both academic papers and
roundtable discussions by key film industry figures. Delegates will also
get the chance to watch the UK premieres of some exciting new cult films.

The first Cine-Excess event was held at the Apollo West End 3rd-5th May
2007. The Guests of Honour included John Landis (An American Werewolf in
London), Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) and Brian Yuzna (Society). The
conference also attracted over 45 cult film scholars from a diverse
section of international locations including the UK, US, Canada,
Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Malta, and Estonia.
Cine-Excess 2007 also featured the UK theatrical premieres of films such
as Edmond (dir. Stuart Gordon), Last House in the Woods (dir. Gabriele
Albanesi) as well as an exclusive screening of Taxidermia (dir. Gyorgy

Following the success of Cine-Excess 2007, a follow-up event is planned
at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London between 1st-3rd May 2008.
Cine-Excess II will feature a 15 strand parallel conference structure
which mixes discussion papers and plenary sessions with UK theatrical
premieres of new cult movies and talks by leading cult filmmakers.

The Guest of Honour for the 2008 event is Roger Corman, the recipient of
the first Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Award and other leading global
figures in cult film are currently being confirmed. The call for papers
for Cine-Excess II has just been released. Proposals are welcomed on, but
not limited to, the following topics and areas:


Grindhouse: American Trash Traditions Reconsidered

Cult Auteurs, Cult Icons: New readings of leading cult filmmakers and

Asian Invasion: Cult and Underground Cinemas From East and South East Asia

Grossed-Out: The Cult Body from comedy to ‘gorno’ and beyond

Cult Producers: Cult Showmen and Shockmeisters

Techno Cults: Short, Sharp, Shocks for the DVD, Internet & You Tube

Cine-Sexcess: Studies in the Cult Erotic Image

Exploitation - No Place for a Woman? Female cult icons and auteurs

Exhibiting Excess: The Exhibition of Cult Material

Cult TV Past and Present: New Readings of Cult TV Traditions

Taking Trash Seriously: Theoretical and Production Perspectives on Pulp

Cruel New Wave: New Brit. Horrors

Educational Excess: Teaching ‘Cult’ at A Level

That’s La Morte: Case-Studies in Italian Trash Film

Cult Crime: Cat and Mouse Case-Studies From the Wrong Side of the Law

Pulp Receptions: Cult Audiences and Consumers

Weird World Cinema: National Identity and Region in the Cult Image

Cult Case-Studies: Production and institutional studies of cult studios

Fear Today, Horror Tomorrow: Cult remakes and contemporary fears


We welcome individual submissions, panels and roundtable proposals.
Please send a 300 word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by 25th
January 2008, to

Leon Hunt
Brunel University
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