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An Isolated Culture of Terror? Symposium and film screening
Thu 27 April 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
To celebrate the first documentary devoted to the study of Canadian cult and exploitation cinema, Queen Mary University of London presents a special symposium devoted to a critical reassessment of the nation’s exploitation film traditions.
In the documentary Tax Shelter Terrors, filmmakers and scholars come together to discuss the hidden history of Canadian cult film. When the Canadian government launched the ‘tax shelter’ scheme in 1974, it was supposed to herald a new ‘golden age’ of national cinema. The products of the scheme – Shivers, Rabid, My Bloody Valentine, Prom Night – would be instrumental in defining a new genre: ‘Canuxploitation’. Join us for the untold story of the Tax Shelter Terrors...
Tax Shelter Terrors received its worldwide theatrical premiere in Toronto in October 2016 before being given the Director’s Choice award at Sydney’s Night of Horror festival in December 2016. For its London premiere we will be screening the new 2017 edit of the documentary alongside illustrated talks from the following film scholars:
Professor Xavier Mendik (Birmingham City University), ‘Tax Shelter Terrors: Hidden Histories of 1970s Canadian Film'.
Dr Jennifer Wallis (Queen Mary University of London), ‘“So private you can do anything you want”: The Threat of the Wilderness in Canuxploitation’.
Dr Robin Griffiths (University of Gloucestershire), '"Bitches, Bullies and Brutes": Re-Viewing Gender in 70s Canuxploitation Cinema'.
Followed by the London premiere of Tax Shelter Terrors (Xavier Mendik, 2017 edit).
The event is free, but places are limited, so please reserve your place soon.
An Isolated Culture of Terror? has been kindly sponsored by the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary University of London.
Getting here and access
From Mile End tube station, turn left and walk straight down the road passing underneath the bridge. Shortly after the bridge, on the right hand-side of the road, you will see the large blue sign and entrance to QMUL. Arts One is the first building you come to and the Hitchcock Cinema is on the ground floor. The building and the cinema have disabled access, and you can find a full Access Guide here.