A review of a documentary I contributed to



All Eyes On Lenzi – The Life And Times Of The Italian Exploitation Titan (2018). Directed and produced by Calum Waddell. Produced and edited by Naomi Holwill.

Despite having one of Hollywood’s hottest hot shots (you know who I mean) as the unofficial President of his fan club, the recently deceased Umberto Lenzi remains an underrated director among aficianados of the various genres in which he worked. I’m as guilty as anyone in this regard… in one of my earliest published pieces I praised Lenzi’s cannibal movies (he wouldn’t have thanked me for that… indeed, he subsequently slammed the phone down on one attempt I made to talk to him about those films) while dismissing his gialli out of hand. Well, the statute of limitations must be up on this so I might as well confess that in those days I still hadn’t seen several of the latter…


I subsequently…

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Paid opporunity for visual artists, filmmakers and theatre arts in Worcestershire!

A call for artists: Out in the Shires – a queer arts festival in Worcester, September 2018. Produced by Provisional Act Theatre Company in association with Worcestershire Pride. Provisional Act Theatre Company is seeking expressions of interest for “Out in the Shires”, a 5-day Queer Art Festival in Worcester, that aims to give a platform to LGBTQ+ emerging and established artists from Worcestershire and other rural shires. The festival will take place between the 18th – 22nd of September 2018.

Therefore, we are inviting bold, talented and brave Visual Artists, Film Makers (moving image artists), Theatre and Performance makers, Dance artists and Drag artists that create queer art or explore LGBTQ+ themes, to get in touch with existing work or work in development. Preference will be given to work by LGBTQ+ artists from non-urban settings, but work by rural artists aimed at LGBTQ+ audiences or LGBTQ+ themed work aimed at rural audiences is also welcome.

Paid opportunity

Please send expressions of interest including information about your work to by the 25th of July 2018 at midday. Please include budgets or fees, and any specific information on venue and technical requirements.

We now offer MRes in Film!

Places still available for September 2018!

The MRes in Film covers film studies, screenwriting and film production.

This MRes is a unique opportunity to work with national and international experts in Film while, at the same time, developing yourself as an expert in the field.

One of very few such courses in the UK, the MRes will enable you to acquire fundamental research skills while carrying out a major research project of your choice.

The MRes offers an ideal bridge to further postgraduate study (e.g. a PhD) or to acquire, transferrable employer-related skills in areas such as project planning and management, time management, research and data analysis, digital literacy and report writing.

For more information on the MRes in Film, please contact Dr John Parham (

The Great Hive Book Rescue 2018

Finished with your books? Collection points for the Great Hive Book Rescue are up and running in firstpoint, Charles Hastings and The Hive!

Every year University of Worcester Library Services collects books that students no longer need and sells them to next year’s students. In the past 3 years we’ve united thousands of books with new owners and raised nearly £2000 for charities. Thanks for your support.


Writing comedy for TV and Film – a workshop with Henry Normal – Wed, 16 May @ The Hive

Participate in a workshop with the hugely talented Henry Normal who has been working in TV and film for 25 years. Henry was co-writer of the Royle Family, Mrs Merton, Paul Calf, Coogan’s Run and the film the Parole Officer as well as producer of Gavin and Stacey, the Mighty Boosh, Moone Boy and the Alan Partridge films Alpha Papa and Philomena. Needless to say, Henry knows his comedy!

Wednesday 16 May, 4.30pm – 5.30pm; at The Hive

£15 per person and this price includes a free ticket for Henry’s ‘Raining Upwards’ poetry performance in the evening.

Book ticket

The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things

 Humanities & Arts Research Seminar
Tuesday 27 February @ 5.15pm
St. John’s Campus, Conference Centre CC 007
(Malvern Room)

Gerold Sedlmayr (Technische Universität Dortmund)


The Value of Value, or: The (Un-)Thinkability of a Postcapitalist Order of Things

Taking PJ Harvey’s song “Dollar, Dollar” (2016) as its starting point, this paper will turn to Michel Foucault’s notion of the archive as well as his analysis in The Order of Things of the historical shifts in the (Western) understanding of wealth in order to offer some reflections on the rather recent notion of ‘postcapitalism’.