Cine-Excess IV Corporeal Excess: Cult Bodies 29 April-1 May 2010

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Cine-Excess IV
The Fourth International Conference and Festival on Global Cult Film Traditions Presents

Corporeal Excess: Cult Bodies

29th April-1st May 2010
The Odeon Covent Garden, Central London

Confirmed Keynote
Professor Richard Dyer
(King's College, London)

Other Keynotes TBA

Over the last three 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 a 3 day 10-15 parallel strand conference alongside plenary talks, filmmaker interviews and UK theatrical premieres of up and coming cult releases. A related Cine-Excess DVD and Blu-Ray cult film label was also launched in May 2009 to accompany the event.

Some of the previous guests to the Cine-Excess Cult Film Conference and Festival 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), Brian Yuzna (Society, Beyond Re-Animator, The Dentist) and Dario Argento (Profondo Rosso/Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno.) 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), Dr Matt Hills (University of Cardiff), Professor Jeffrey Sconce (Northwestern University) and Professor Chris Jenks (Brunel University).

Cine-Excess IV focuses on the body in cult media, including film, TV, games, comics and online media. The conference and festival will explore various aspects of how the body has been represented within the cult tradition: spectacular, monstrous, mutilated, erotic, gendered, transfigured, censored, ethnic, transgressive, unruly, resistant, grotesque, dead, undead, violent, objectified, technologically enhanced, etc.

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

• 'Body genres' – horror, martial arts, sexploitation/pornography, gross comedy.
• The gendered cult body
• The cult body and national/cultural identity
• The body of the cult star
• The body and special effects
• 'Body' auteurs – David Cronenberg, John Waters, Dario Argento, Miike Takashi
• The virtual, digital and/or online body
• The censored body
• The monstrous and/or grotesque body.
• Carnal Bodies: eroticism and cult cinema
• Continental Bodies: European cult cinema
• Bodies of Terror - physiology and the War on Terror
• Psychotic Bodies - mental aberrations and the cult abject
• Dead Bodies - The cult deceased
• Methodological Bodies - new perspectives on the cult corporeal

We welcome individual paper submissions, panels and roundtable proposals. Please send a 300-word abstract and a short (one page) C.V. by 1st February 2010 to:

Dr Leon Hunt
Co-director of Cine-Excess IV
Brunel University

Dr Sharon Lockyer
Co-director of Cine-Excess IV
Brunel University

Details of guest filmmakers and UK theatrical premieres for Cine-Excess IV will be released in January 2010. For further information on the Cine-Excess Cult Film Conference and the Cine-Excess DVD label please consult the website or contact Xavier Mendik Director of the Cine-Excess Film Festival on