HOMAGE: CHRISTINA LINDBERG
Christina Lindberg, the proverbial Swedish nymphet of eternally girlish features, made two dozen films in her short acting career, spanning the seventies. But she became an icon of exploitation cinema – in Scandinavia, across Europe, in the US and Japan. She appeared in Playboy and Penthouse magazines, in films of the major softcore players on both sides of the Atlantic and the Pacific: the Austrian-German duo Ernst Hofbauer (Schoolgirl Report Part 4, 1972) and Walter Boos (The Swinging Co-eds, 1972), the American sexploitation auteur Joe Sarno (Young Playthings, 1972), and the master of Japanese pinku eiga Noribumi Suzuki (Sex and Fury, 1973). At the end of the ’70s she bid farewell to the silver screen and became a journalist. But before that, in 1973, she starred in the bizarre and controversial masterpiece, one of the most cultish of cult films, Thriller – A Cruel Picture aka They Call Her One Eye by Swedish director Boarne Vibenius. A prime example of the infamous rape-and-revenge subgenre and one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films inspired the two-part saga Kill Bill (2003/04) and the eyepatch-sporting character of Elle Driver – Tarantino’s homage to Christina Lindberg, the one they called One Eye. In addition to Thriller, Christina will introduce her feature film debut, the bashfully erotic Maid in Sweden (1971), and a long-overdue TV documentary aptly entitled Christina Lindberg: The Original Eyepatch Wearing Butt Kicking Movie Babe (2016).
Rickard Gramfors is a film historian, film collector, and smut peddler. Two decades ago he created the film club/research outfit/film archive/DVD distribution company Klubb Super 8. He has released 70 Swedish cult and exploitation films on DVD so far, including six with Christina Lindberg. He is currently producing Svart cirkel (Black Circle), a new horror feature directed by Adrián García Bogliano, and starring Christina Lindberg.
CULT FILM CONFERENCE
Dr Russ Hunter is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television in the Department of Arts at Northumbria University, UK. He has published on a variety of aspects of Italian and European genre cinema. He is the author of An Introduction on European Horror Cinema (2017), co-author (with Stefano Baschiera) of Italian Horror Cinema (2016), and co-editor of a forthcoming edited collection on the cinema of Dario Argento. He has published in numerous film encyclopaedias and reference guides and is working with project leader Dr Ernest Mathijs (University of British Columbia, Canada) on the project ‘Hot, Cool & Cult’, exploring the nature of contemporary cult cinema.
Dr Kate Egan is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, UK. Her main research interests are in the areas of historical reception studies, horror and genre study, film censorship, and media collecting. She is the author of Trash or Treasure?: Censorship and the Changing Meanings of the Video Nasties (2007) and The Evil Dead (2011), co-editor (with Sarah Thomas) of Cult Film Stardom (2012) and co-author (with Martin Barker, Tom Phillips and Sarah Ralph) of Alien Audiences: Understanding the Pleasures of Ridley Scott’s Film (2016).
Dr Sarah Ralph is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Northumbria University, UK. She has published in journals Celebrity Studies, Participations and Critical Studies in Television. Her research interests centre on media and cultural consumption, media industries and production, and women and the media. She has recently co-authored (with Martin Barker, Kate Egan and Tom Phillips) Alien Audiences: Understanding the Pleasures of Ridley Scott’s Film (2016), a book based on an international audience study of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien.
Dr Steve Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. His teaching interests are based in cultural politics, moral philosophy, the philosophy of self, and identity (particularly gender). His work mainly centres on horror, pornography, and representations of violence. He is the author of Torture Porn: Popular Horror after Saw (2013) and co-editor (with Shaka McGlotten) of Zombies and Sexuality: Essays on Desire and the Living Dead (2014). His published articles can be accessed for free at http://www.drstevejones.co.uk/publications.html.
Dr Jamie Sexton is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria University, UK. His research is mostly concerned with alternative forms of film and other media, particularly cult and independent cinema. He is the author of Alternative Film Culture in Inter-War Britain (2008), editor of Music, Sound and Multimedia: From the Live to the Virtual (2007), and co-editor (with Laura Mulvey) of Experimental British Television (2007). Together with Dr Ernest Mathijs he co-authored Cult Cinema (2011), an in-depth academic examination of all aspects of the field of cult cinema, including audiences, genres, and theoretical perspectives. Sexton and Mathijs are also co-editors of the book series Cultographies (http://www.cultographies.com).