Julian Petley is a leading figure in media studies and a world authority on censorship and regulation. Many books and articles expand his lengthy career including Censorship: A Beginner's Guide (One World, 2009) and Film and Video Censorship in Modern Britain (EUP, 2011).
At the conference, he presented a keynote talk entitled "The Many Mythologies of Snuff", and accompanied Xavier Mendik on a panel about Cannibal Holocaust.
Dr. Tina Kendall
Tina Kendall is a Lecturer and Course Leader in Film Studies at Anglia Ruskin University. She is the author of many articles and an editor, with Tanya Horeck, of The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe (EUP, 2011).
At the conference she presented a keynote talk entitled "The Aesthetics and Ethics of Snuff in the Films of the New Extremism".
Dr. Xavier Mendik
Xavier Mendik is a leading figure in cult film analysis and has written or edited a number of books on the subject. His work includes Unruly Pleasures: The Film and Its Critics (FAB, 2000), 100 Cult Films (BFI, 2011), and Peepshows: Cult Film and the Cine-Erotic (Wallflower, 2012).
At the conference he presented his new documentary The Long Road Back From Hell: Reclaiming Cannibal Holocaust and a led a Q&A afterwards.
Mr. David Kerekes
David Kerekes is the owner of the publishing house Headpress, but he is perhaps best known as being one of the authors of Killing For Culture: An Illustrated History of Death on Film from Mondo to Snuff (1993, with David Slater).
At the conference, David talked at length about his work in the field, as well as about the new edition of Killing for Culture which is due out later this year.