Friday, 30 August 2013

New Blog

Hi, just a quick plug for my latest blogging project: Pickled Cinema It is a place where I get to write some thoughts about genre film from across the world, including Italy!

Friday, 19 August 2011

RIP Gualtiero Jacopetti

Gualtiero Jacopetti, co-director of Mondo Cane, died on Wednesday at his home in Rome.

Obituary here.

Rest in peace.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011


Rome, Open City teams up with Yet Untitled (>>Pieces of Nature<<) for an in depth look at cinema and society.

more info: here

Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle, New York.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Cine Excess V

Organised by Brunel University in London, Cine-Excess brings together global cult film icons with international scholars in an event that features international filmmaker discussions, a three-day academic conference and UK theatrical premieres and exclusive screenings.

The theme of this year’s Cine-Excess is “Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess”, which examines the theme of the controversial cult image in its political, historical and aesthetic contexts. With the resurgence of critical interest in the 1980s “video nasties”, as well as a whole new generation of films being subject to state control, the cult image is now a crucial index between the censor and the censored.

Both Franco Nero and Ruggero Deodato will be discussing their prolific careers in relation to these wider social trends and tensions at the event. Cine-Excess V will also feature a screening of Deodato’s controversial classic, “Cannibal Holocaust”, which is being released on Blu-ray by Shameless Films later this year.

Date: 26th - 28th MAY 2011

@ Odeon Covent Garden, London

Cine-Excess, the annual International Conference on Global Cult Film returns to London at the end of May with Cine-Excess V – Subverting the Senses: The Politics and Aesthetics of Excess. The event will take place at the Odeon Covent Garden from Thursday, 26th to Saturday, 28th May and will be attended by Guests of Honour, Italian acting legend Franco Nero (Django; Keoma; Die Hard 2) and controversial cult director Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust; The House On The Edge Of The Park).

Thurs 26th May

CENSORSHIP DEBATE: The House on The Edge of the Park. Panel discussion on the controversial film with the director, Ruggero Deodato, author Prof Martin Barker, Craig Lapper (senior examiner at BBFC). Chaired by the international authority on censorship, Brunel University's Julian Petley .

Time: 630pm -7.30pm Venue: Odeon Covent Garden, London
followed by:
CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST (18) (world premiere of a newly edited version), which includes Q&A with director Ruggero Deodato

Time: 830pm - 11pm, Venue: Odeon Covent Garden
Deodato will also be signing copies of the new revised FAB Press book, 'Cannibal Holocaust and the Savage Cinema of Ruggero Deodato'

Fri 27th May
A QUIET PLACE IN THE COUNTRY (18) (1969), directed by Elio Petri and with Ennio Morricone soundtrack. Starring Franco Nero and Vanessa Redgrave. Franco Nero will introduce the film.
Time: 830pm - 11pm Venue: Italian Cultural Institute. Belgrave Square, London

Sat 28th May
FRANCO NERO ON STAGE followed by screening of DJANGO (1966) .
The legendary Italian actor talks about his career in films and introduces Sergio Corbucci's cult Spaghetti western, Django
Time: 430pm - 6pm Venue: Odeon Covent Garden

Franco Nero will also be signing copies of the new FAB Press book, 'Any Gun Can Play: The Essential Guide To Euro-Westerns' by Kevin Grant. Franco Nero has also written the foreward.

Including a Q&A with the film's cult director Ruggero Deodato, who specially selected this film for the event.
Time: 9pm - 1130pm Venue: Italian Cultural Institute

The box office at both venues is now open for bookings

For Odeon Covent Garden - 0871 22 44 007

For Italian Cultural Institute - 020 7396 4406

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Excellent Series on Video Nasties

Just noticed a question that was posted a number of months ago on here regarding the Cannibal Holocaust videocast. The video was part of a number of casts that covered the video nasty films and the series can be found here.

Monday, 25 April 2011

Violent Italy

Reverend Phantom has a new site. This time he is dealing with something pretty dear to our hearts with his take on Italian genre film. The site features Youtube hosted videocasts and can be found here:

Saturday, 23 April 2011

CCC Radio Presents...Italian Action Exposure!

Cult Cinema Corner Radio will be kicking back and discussing the Italian action cinema of the 60s, 70s and 80s with author/critic David Zuzelo!

Mr. Zuzelo is the author of Tough to Kill: The Italian Action Explosion Vol.1 and Ascension of the Blind Dead. He can also be found writing amazing cult/trash cinema articles on his blog, TOMB IT MAY CONCERN. His unique insights on the genre and recommendations will delight fans and listeners alike.

Broadcast on May 5th here: