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Cine-Excess 2012 Preview
Manish Agarwal , May 22nd, 2012 12:17

Cult film festival and conference in London this week

Running from Thursday May 24 to Saturday May 26 at Odeon Covent Garden and the Italian Cultural Institute, the sixth annual Cine-Excess gathering takes as its theme 'Transglobal Excess: The Art And Atrocity Of Cult Adaptation'. Kicking off with a 'Script To Scream' seminar hosted by Time Out, the schedule boasts two UK theatrical premieres: Giorgio Amato's adaptation of his own novel Closed Circuit Extreme, about two students who hide webcams in the home of a suspected serial killer, and Welsh filmmaker Julian Richards' first US feature Shiver, starring Danielle Harris (of various Halloween sequels/remakes fame), Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and John Jarratt (Wolf Creek).

The event's special guests are veteran directors Sergio Martino and Enzo G Castellari (whose 1978 war flick The Inglorious Bastards was of course a titular influence on Quentin Tarantino). The former will be on hand to introduce his giallo thriller Your Vice Is A Locked Room And Only I Have The Key and psychedelic horror All The Colours Of The Dark (both from 1972); the latter will present his late period spaghetti western Keoma (1976) and post-apolcalyptic sci-fi 1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982). Martino and Castellari are also set to take part in a panel discussion titled 'The Years With(out) Lead: Bodies, Bullets And The 1970s Italian Extreme'.

Further highlights include rare screenings of legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff's controversial 1974 oddity The Freakmaker (aka The Mutations), starring Donald Pleasance and a barely recognisable Tom Baker, plus Mario Andreacchio's outback Ozploitation picture Fair Game (1986). You can watch a bespoke trailer for the whole programme below, and be sure to check the Cine-Excess website for more information.