The Process of Cult: Dissecting the Cult Entertainment Label

Themes:
AcademiaMovies
What:
Talk
When:
Saturday Aug 05   10:15 PM to 11:15 PM (1 hour)
Where:
Mouton Cadet
Tags:
cult film
Discussion:
0
The term ‘cult cinema’ is an extremely imprecise and contested category. What constitutes a ‘cult’ film is, like many generic labels, hard to identify. A combination of production practices, cinema exhibition strategies, and fan activity, there is little in terms of content to connect such films as ‘Plan 9 from Outer Space’, ‘Pink Flamingos’ and ‘The Shawshank Redemption’. Nevertheless, the term ‘cult’ seems appropriate to all three. The process by which cult films emerge is complex, and one which crystallises many of the complexities of screen exhibition and consumption, together with the historical forces which impact upon the meaning of media texts. This talk unpicks these processes, with reference to a range of compelling examples of cult cinema, and opens out the discussion of cult media to include television and videogames.
Participant
University of Brighton
Lecturer in Film & Screen Studies

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