Monday, 25 March 2019

Offscreen 2019

On 23rd March I returned to Offscreen Festival in Brussels for the fourth time. This year, I participated in a conference based on Offscreen’s Death on Film theme. I interviewed David Kerekes about his groundbreaking book Killing for Culture, I delivered a paper entitled “La Petite Mort: Sex and Death in Hardcore Horror”, and I participated in a panel discussion with David, Dr Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University), Dr Russ Hunter (Northumbria University), and festival guest of honour Jörg Buttgereit (director of Necromantik, Schramm, and Der Todesking). Thank you to the festival team for having me back, and to everyone who came to the event

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Three online articles

January 2019 has been a month of blog-related activities for me

Here is a post I wrote for the Screening Sex blog about the recent BBFC consultation exercise, and their stance on films featuring sexual violence:
Here is a post on Henry Jenkins’ blog in which I'm interviewed by Dr Billy Proctor:
Finally, here is a blog post about the impact case study I’ve been involved in, which is led by Russ Hunter, and encompasses colleagues from across Film and Media at Northumbria

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Honorary Professorship

Image result for carleton universityI have just been awarded the honorary position of Adjunct Research Professor in Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa). 

I am currently supervising a PhD student at Carleton who is writing on the legal and social implications of snuff fiction.

The role has no bearing on my position at Northumbria University, where I will continue as Head of Subject for Media.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Publications in Slovenian

I am part of a REF impact case study focusing on film festivals, which is led by my Northumbria colleague Dr Russ Hunter. The project entails delivering our research in public spaces. In 2019, I will return to Offscreen Festival in Brussels and Kurja Polt Festival in Ljubljana to deliver public lectures.

As a result of our work with Kurja Polt, some of my research work has been translated into Slovenian and published in Kino! journal

‘Tvoja zgodba je resnična in ljudje to čutijo’: mučenje v kontekstu” (Kino! 31/32), which is a translation of a chapter from my monograph Torture Porn Popular Horror after Saw (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013).

Kartezijanstvo in intersubjektivnost v filmski seriji Paranormalno ter v filozofiji duha” (Kino! 36), which is a translation of the article “Cartesianism and Intersubjectivity in Paranormal Activity and the Philosophy of Mind”, which was originally published in Film-Philosophy (21:1, 2017).

Abertoir 2018

In November, I was invited back to Abertoir film festival where I delivered a public lecture on the slasher film. It was a pleasure to return to Aberystwyth. Thanks to Gaz, Nia and the Abertoir crew for having me back.

A review of the festival (including some very kind words about my talk) is available on Love Horror here

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Various updates

It has been a while since I posted anything, so here are some updates

I thrilled to have been invited to be a member of Porn Studies’ editorial board. Check out the journal here 

I am now supervising two new PhD students. Ami Nisa has joined us at Northumbria and is writing on found footage horror from a socio-technological perspective. Meg Lonergan is at Carleton University (Ottawa) and is writing on snuff films, focusing on cultural fears about technology, sex, and violence. I’m really looking forward to seeing how these projects develop.

I'm continuing as Head of Subject for Media this year. Check out our website if you haven't already. 

I've been working with Necrostorm films on their upcoming releases Hotel Inferno III and Little Necro Red. Click on the links to access the crowdfunding pages.

I'll be speaking on the slasher film at this year's Abertoir Film Festival in Aberystwyth, and I also have some new publications in the pipeline. I will post an update on those soon.