Dr James Newton marks the thirtieth anniversary of a key British horror film
Dr James Newton offers an appreciation of the American director, George Romero (1949-2017)
A one day symposium, Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century, takes place in the Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University, on June 9th 2017.
Dr James Newton is organising a one day symposium exploring the individual films, cycles, genres and traditions of exploitation cinema since the turn of the century in the School of Media Art and Design, Canterbury Christ Church University.
Exploitation Cinema in the 21st Century
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Dr James Newton is organising a symposium on contemporary exploitation cinema at Canterbury Christ Church University.
James Newton will discuss “deviant” interpretations of cult films in our latest research seminar.
Dr James Newton’s short film The Empty will be screened in the ‘thriller’ category as part of the RATMA Film Festival in Keighley in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on October 8th. It has also been selected as part of the inaugural Two Cliffs International Film Festival in Ramsgate, and will be screened in the ‘local film’ category on October 14th.
James, Senior Lecturer in Digital Media, shot The Empty in a single day across locations in Canterbury. More information about the film is included in the following blog post – https://jamesedwardnewton.com/2016/01/15/the-empty-2016/
For more details on the Two Cliffs Film Festival visit: http://www.twocliffsfilmfestival.co.uk/
James Newton is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Theory and his research interests include anarchism in popular culture, radical communities (and the role of digital media in shaping them), political cinema, horror and exploitation, westerns, and documentary. His PhD thesis, entitled The Anarchist Cinema, was completed in 2015. He has previously taught film studies at the University of Kent, film and video production at East Surrey College, and media production at South Kent College
The opening weekend of July 2016 saw the deaths of two significant figures in the history of British genre cinema – director Robin Hardy and producer Euan Lloyd.
Hardy became a hugely respected figure thanks to his 1973 masterpiece, The Wicker Man (1973). That film, the jewel of the minor sub-genre identified as ‘folk horror’, featured Christopher Lee in what was reportedly his favourite role. Millions of words have been used to eulogise The Wicker Man, and so I would like to shift attention onto its ignored (and occasionally maligned) follow up, The Wicker Tree (2011).
Hardy wrote the screenplay based on his novel entitled Cowboys for Christ (2006). It is a thematic sequel to the earlier film, involving a Christian pop group attempting to convert pagans in Scotland.
It is understandable as to why the film was met with disappointment. Its production values occasionally reveal the (relatively) low budget (though there are also plenty of beautifully shot sequences), such as a shot against a green screen cameo by Christopher Lee. Also, the plot is convoluted in comparison with The Wicker Man.
Powell Building, North Holmes Road Campus, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU, UK.
On Monday 14th December the Centre for Practice Based Research in the Arts will be hosting a one-day interdisciplinary conference entitled Glitch 2015 – the politics of failure, error, disorder and noise.