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Writing by Emma Westwood. Most likely about movies, monsters, cinematic events and other wild trips. Words should go down nice and easy.

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Delightfully Dark – MWFF panel discussion

This Saturday 23rd February, I’ll be joining four other women – Susie Porter, Donna McRae, Alison Adriano and Janice Loreck (moderator) – for a panel discussion as part of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF), exquisitely titled Delightfully Dark.

But why Delightfully Dark, you might ask?

Because we’re tackling the subject of (delightful) women in filmmaking, particularly those who venture into weird, transgressive and extreme cinema. What does the dark side look like for women creatives? And can it be empowering to depict darkness onscreen?

It all takes place at ACMI, 12.30pm. Please come along and don’t be afraid to say ‘hello darkness, my old friend.’

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The do-over fantasy

Film critic extraordinaire Stephen A. Russell let me bang on about the recent trend in time-loop entertainment in his article for The New Daily published on 15th February 2019 called ‘The do-over fantasy: Netflix’s Russian Doll and Happy Death Day 2U’.

It was nice to appear on the roster again with my former Inpress compadre and film reviewer, Craig Mathieson, who now runs the website BINGE-R, among other things.

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Insect Politics: An Interview about THE FLY

When I started writing my book on THE FLY, Rathan Krueger asked if he could do a preliminary interview with me for Daily Grindhouse. I said yes, and the resulting interview was so much fun, I had no problems agreeing to a follow-up interview with Rathan for DG upon the release of the book.

And here it is…

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Science Fiction Theatre

Science Fiction Theatre in the UK is a monthly film club dedicated to the exploration and celebration of classic science fiction cinema.

Launched in 2013, SFT has hosted over 50 events at different venues across London. Its founder, Graham Ainsley, decided that was a bloody good reason to produce a book so, accordingly, he assembled a team of writers and graphic designers to run through the first 50 films, accompanied by original poster art for each one.

I was lucky to write about this beauty…

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Cinemaniacs’ 2nd film festival – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective

Following the success of their inaugural film festival in January 2018, ‘You’re a vile sorry bitch’ – A Celebration of Hagsploitation!, Melbourne’s premier film retrospective collective, Cinemaniacs, is going full horror with a tribute to the late, great iconoclast, Tobe Hooper.

Beginning with his groundbreaking debut feature film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974), the festival will survey seminal Hooper moments, including two films that I’m excited to be introducing – Eaten Alive (1976) and The Funhouse (1981). Lee Gambin, Sally Christie, John Harrison, Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Angela Ndalianis are the other venerable speakers who will be fleshing out his career.

My family’s always been in meat’ – A Tobe Hooper Retrospective takes place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January, Backlot Studios, Melbourne, and the programme looks something like this:

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I am writing a new book: BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

At my recent book launch, I had the pleasure of making an announcement: I’m writing a new book – another film monograph – on an extraordinary cinematic milestone, James Whale’s BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN from 1935.

The book will be written for Neil Snowdon’s Electric Dreamhouse Midnight Movie Monographs series and it will join other excellent titles such as Martin by Jez Winship, Spirits of the Dead (Histoires Extraordinaire) by Tim Lucas and my other favourite David Cronenberg film, The Brood by Stephen R. Bissette.

While research is underway, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN is slated for release in 2020/21, which might sound like an eternity away but will be here before you can say, ‘She’s alive! She’s alive!’ (and don’t forget my book on THE FLY is now available).

Here’s a teaser of what to expect with BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN…

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William Castle Vol. 2: New DVD audio commentary

This beautiful volume of William Castle films, produced by Indicator/Powerhouse Films in the UK, is quite the sight to behold. It follows the Vol. 1 release of The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, Homicidal and Mr Sardonicus, and it features a mindboggling selection of extras created by brilliant people that I love – Kat Ellinger, Samm Deighan and Lee Gambin, to name a few. I did a commentary duet with Lee on one of my favourite William Castle films, Strait-Jacket. To say I’m proud as punch is an understatement.

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Journal Launch: If I Only Had a Brain

When Lee Gambin said he was creating a regular, themed journal as part of his Cinemaniacs film collective, I had no idea it would be this impressive (and this big – around 200 pages). But, Lee has managed to do it once again, and I’m proud as punch to be in the flagship edition on ‘Scarecrows in Cinema’.

My contribution is the rather thorny subject of the Jeepers Creepers franchise.

Anyone in Melbourne is more than welcome to join us at the launch of the journal on Saturday 10th November at Grub Street Bookshop where copies will be on-sale. I will be attending, although I cannot confirm an appearance by Lee’s canine son, Buddy, who is modelling the journal in this photo.

I will be posting more details of where you can get it shortly.

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