2nd Dec 2016 9:00am-10:00am
Edward Street, LT1
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 (1959), Pink Flamingos (1972) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994). 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 open lecture unpicks these processes, with reference to a range of compelling examples of cult cinema.