Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance
The Cine-Excess 2020 Online Conference
Running throughout the daytime slots of Cine-Excess 2020 is the three-day conference Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance. This year’s conference is presented in collaboration with the Black Sands Educational Project, which seeks to educate UK based BAME artists, filmmakers and audiences about the subversive potential that surrounds black representations in cult and marginal cinema formats.
The focus of the Black Sands project helps inform this year’s conference theme: Representations as Weapons: Cult Film and the Politics of Resistance. This theme considers the extent to which the struggle for representations by various ethnicities, genders and divergent groups is enacted through a range of classic and contemporary cult film genres.
This focus on representations as weapons will consider the complex issues of gender and racial diversity as embodied by the cult image, whilst also exploring a range of international traditions, directors and performers whose work can be seen as existing at the borders of cinematic excess and political struggle.
The Cine-Excess 2020 conference is open scholars, students and members of the public. Tickets can be purchased as a Cine-Excess delegate pass which allows access to all Cine-Excess online conference events and Cine-Excess streamed screenings for £50.
To compliment this year’s festival focus, the Cine-Excess 2020 screening season is entitled The Revolution Will Be Televised, and considers how the struggle for representation by various ethnicities, genders and divergent groups is being as enacted by a new generation of filmmakers whose work explores complex issues of diversity whilst also negotiating wider global cult film trends.
Poster designs courtesy of Richard Anderson