This autumn at Queen Mary, students are being invited by fellow students to explore extreme films through an extensive season showing some of the most ethically extreme films worldwide cinema has to offer.
The season is being organised by current QM students to explore ethically challenging films, and through a series of talks and investigative sessions will look at morality, extreme content and media hype within the cinema.
Starting in October, the season will feature the work of directors Lars Von Trier (Antichrist), Gaspar Noé (Irréversible) and Michael Haneke (Funny Games) along with other boundary-pushing titles. The festival will include talks from professional filmmakers and each of the screenings will be introduced by film critics and lecturers. Young filmmakers Louis Lagayette and Ben Hudson will also be making appearances at the festival, showing their short films Half Awake and Ruin. Extreme Cinema Season will be held in East London, centring around Queen Mary’s Mile End campus with other venues TBC.
“I wanted to start an event to share my love for extreme films that push audience boundaries and limits,” says festival creator Charlotte Palmer. “I also thought an event like this would allow lots of Queen Mary students to get involved together.”
The season organisers are currently hard at work confirming speakers, publicising the event and hiring venues. All QM students who have an interest in cinema and art that pushes boundaries are welcome to get involved and help launch an event to put Queen Mary on the map.
“Hearing talks from people already in the industry is a brilliant chance to learn,” Palmer says. “This is a great opportunity for students who love film to gain some experience.”
If you want to get involved you can read more about the project at www.facebook.com/ExtremeCinemaSeason, www.twitter.com/extreme_cinema or www.extremecinemaseason.moonfruit.com. You can get in touch with Charlotte Palmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.