(14/03/07)Cine-Excess, the first International Cult Film Conference that takes place at the Apollo West End between 03 and 05 May. The event, part of the 6th annual Sci-Fi London festival, is organised by The Cult Film Archive at Brunel University in partnership with Sci-Fi London. The conference will also celebrate the launch of the world’s first MA in Cult Film and TV, at Brunel University in West London.

Among the highlights during the three days of cult cinema are talks by about 50 academics and professionals in the industry from Britain, America, Canada, Spain, Germany, Italy and Australia. It will also host the UK theatrical premiere of Stuart Gordon’s thriller Edmond, adapted by David Mamet from his own play, starring William H. Macy

Brunel’s course director and conference organiser, Xavier Mendik, said he hoped the event would become an annual outing in the movie calendar: "Dealing with everything from Tarantino and Italian trash movie classics, to new Brit cult cinema cinema and Nigerian horror flicks, Cine-Excess is set to become the B-movie buzzword for horror, for film critics and movie fans alike." Mendik is also a contributor to Kamera.

Louis Savy, director of Sci-Fi London welcomed the teaming up with the "cult crazy" conference. "By combining a leading festival of science fiction and fantasy film with the Cine Excess conference, we hope to offer London a truly international event as well as an informative and fun examination of the ever-popular topic of cult movies. Alternatively, fans can just see the movies."

Some of the topics to be covered include: Tim Burton’s Monster Culture; Werewolf films; Tarantino’s audiences; Japanese sex flicks; Distributing cult movies; The League of Gentlemen, and New Brit Horror. The full programme can be downloaded from Cine Excess’s website.