Cine-Excess II: The Second International Conference on Global Cult Film
The Institute of Contemporary Arts 1st - 3rd May 2008
Because of the overwhelming success of the 2007 event Cine-Excess II: the Second International Conference on Global Cult Film was held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts between the 1st-3rd May 2008. The event celebrated and re-evaluated some of the biggest trends, icons, auteurs and periods of global cult film production. From Grindhouse to gross-out, kung fu to kitsch, blaxploitation to sexploitation, weird world cinema and beyond, Cine-Excess II featured over 50 talks by leading international cult film critics and scholars including:
Sir Christopher Frayling, Kim Newman, I.Q. Hunter, Ernest Mathijs, Darren Kerr, Brigid Cherry, Kevin Donnelly, Bill Osgerby, David Sanjek, Mark Bould, Julian Savage, Nick Heffernan, Leon Hunt, Mark Goodall, Patricia MacCormack, Jamie Sexton, Dean Lockwood, Emily Wilczek, Steve Rawle, Mary Ainslie, Daniel Martin, Adam Locks, Daryl Perrins, Jenny Barrett, Eve Bennett, Darren Elliot, Tim Snelson, Aga Skrodzka-Bates, Tamao Nakahara and Julian Petley.
The Guest of Honour for Cine-Excess II was Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors, The Wild Angels, The Masque of the Red Death, The Trip and Death Race 2000), who received his Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Award from Jane Asher and Festival Director Xavier Mendik at a special ceremony during the event.
Cine-Excess II was also proud to promote home-grown contemporary horror at its 'New Splatpack Panel Session on Thursday 1st May (6.30-8pm). From sex and death head spinners like Mindflesh and urban rap Gothic films such as Wish Baby, to terrifying teen dramas including Summer Scars, a new generation of directors are putting the cruel into cool Britannia. Leading film critic Kim Newman interviewed three leading directors on the new Brit horror scene: Julian Richards (The Last Horror Movie, Summer Scars), Stephen Parsons (Wish Baby) and Robert Pratten (London Voodoo, Mindflesh). The panel discussion included illustrated extracts of all three filmmakers work.
Cine-Excess II featured UK premieres and exclusive screenings of the following movies:
UK Theatrical Premiere P2 (Franck Khalfoun): The gripping new cat and mouse thriller (created by the team who brought you Switchblade Romance and The Hills Have Eyes) had its UK theatrical premiere at Cine-Excess II on Thursday 1st May 2008.
UK Theatrical Premiere La Donna Della Toilette (Alberto Viavattene): This new Italian short shocker, is a cautionary cult corrective to male fantasy and premiered within the 'That's La Morte' strand of the Cine-Excess II conference on Friday 2nd May 2008.
UK Theatrical Premiere Timber Falls (Tony Giglio): The terrifying new Stateside hillbilly splatterfest premiered at Cine-Excess II on Friday 2nd May 2008.
UK Theatrical Premiere Mindflesh (Robert Pratten): The new sex and death Brit horror film premiered at Cine-Excess II on Saturday 3rd May 2008.
Exclusive UK Screening Summer Scars (Julian Richards): An exclusive re-edit of the new ‘Hoodies in peril’ Brit teen thriller screened at Cine-Excess II on Saturday 3rd May 2008.