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Behind the Screen: Writing and Publishing on Cult and Marginalised Cinema

Special discussion with authors and film-freaks William Fowler, Jane Giles, Mark Pilkington, Vic Pratt and Virginie Sélavy, as well as weird examples of the Psychotronic short film, and music.

  Still from    Kronhausen Psychomontage No. 1   (1962) Dirs Phylis & Ebelhard Kronhausen

Still from Kronhausen Psychomontage No. 1 (1962) Dirs Phylis & Ebelhard Kronhausen

Doors 7pm

Tickets £8 in advance / £10 on the door


Books and specialist magazines were once the only signposts to cinema’s lesser explored, wilder and off-limits vistas, driving film fans to dream about and drool over all manner of films that they hoped and prayed that they might somehow, someday, see – but often never could. 

Things are different now, with rare titles increasingly becoming available in beautiful Blu-ray editions and online viewing platforms and film clubs offering-up a veritable smorgasbord of delectations. These days, cinema’s wilder, more edgy fringe zones - as well as its established genre classics – appear to be more accessible than ever before.

Tonight, in this special event which forms part of Scalarama, authors and film freaks William Fowler, Jane Giles, Mark Pilkington, Vic Pratt and Virginie Sélavy discuss the issues and options that come with writing and publishing on cult and marginalised cinema in this new age of access and plenty.

Tonight’s event also includes weird examples of the Psychotronic short film, plus music.

 

The film programme:

The Mystery of Marriage (1932) Dir Mary Field 32mins

Kronhausen Psychomontage No. 1 (1962) Dirs Phylis & Ebelhard Kronhausen 10mins

The Eating Drinking Shitting Pissing Film (1967) Dir Kurt Kren 7mins – screening from an original 16mm print

Boobs A Lot (1968) Dir Abby Read 3mins – screening from an original 16mm print

La Prisonniere (1968) Dir Henri-Georges Clouzot (extract)

+ film trailers

 

Speakers:

William Fowler & Vic Pratt are co-authors of forthcoming book The Bodies Beneath: The Flipside of British Film and TV.

Jane Giles is a film writer whose fourth book, Scala Cinema 1978-1993, is published in September by FAB Press.

Mark Pilkington is founder and publisher of Strange Attractor Press.

Virginie Sélavy is founder and editor of Electric Sheep.