Dr Alex Marlow-Mann, Lecturer in Italian in the Department of Modern Languages, has co-written, co-researched and co-produced That’s La Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead, a film that received its world premiere at the Cine-Excess film festival and conference in Birmingham.
Several years in the making, this feature-length documentary draws on interviews with 20 leading practitioners (directors, producers, writers, actors and technicians).
The documentary explores the ways in which Italian genre cinema (horror-thrillers, crime films and sex comedies) reflected and refracted the social and political anxieties of the so-called ‘years of lead’ – a turbulent decade characterised both by domestic terrorism and a radical reshaping of gender roles. Subsequent festival screenings in both the UK and internationally are planned throughout the next year and will be announced in due course.
The trailer for the film is available to view online.