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Roger Corman to star in London's Cult Film event

Corman, 82, next month, will receive a Cine-Excess Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.

Conference Director Xavier Mendik, course director on the MA in Cult Film and Television at Brunel University, London, which is sponsoring the event, said: “We're delighted and honoured that this giant of cult cinema has agreed to appear at the conference.“

Cine-Excess II is an academic conference which brings together scholars, film-makers, and movie screenings, including UK premieres, all of which are open to the public. The keynote speaker is Sir Christopher Frayling, chairman of Arts Council England, chairman of the Design Council and Rector of the Royal College of Arts.

About 50 academics from universities in Spain, Portugal, Germany, Italy, Canada, North America, and England and Wales will be taking part in the conference; highlights include a panel discussion on Brit horror ( participants tbc), chaired by critic Kim Newman.

Cine-Excess II also features exclusive screenings of up and coming theatrical releases including the gripping cat and mouse car thriller P2 (by the creators of Switchblade Romance and The Hills Have Eyes) and the terrifying new hillbilly horror-fest Timber Falls.

Guest of Honour Roger Corman has produced more than 300 movies and directed more than 50, including classic spine-chillers starring Vincent Price, such as the Masque of the Red Death (1964) and House of Usher (1960); and The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963) and Frankenstein Unbound (1990). Corman's classic seventies sci-fi flick Death Race 2000 has just been remade as a big budget studio production starring Jason Stratham.

Some were made in about 24 hours, often using a set from a big-budget movie which had finished filming the day before. His legendary stories - some of which are even true - are detailed in his autobiography How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime.

Throughout his career, Corman also cultivated a wealth of acting and directing talent, all of whom went onto stellar stardom in more mainstream productions. The A list of Hollywood acting talent that got their career breaks working with Corman include: Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Robert De Niro, Dennis Hopper and Bruce Dern. Roger Corman also offered early directorial roles to leading Hollywood legends including Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, James Cameron and Jonathan Kaplan

For details: ICA box office: 0207 930 3647
Website: www.cine-excess.co.uk

Notes to editors
Requests for interviews: Brunel University Press Office: 01895 265585; email: helen.jacobus@brunel.ac.uk
(Corman will appear on stage on Friday May 2, 5.30pm-6.30pm; and Saturday May 3, 8.15-9.45 pm).