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Mayhem 2014 Full Festival Passes (PDF Document, 0.3 Mb)


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Mayhem X, Mayhem Film Festival’s one-of-a-kind ten-day celebration of horror, cult cinema and sci-fi, reveals its two new strands’ line-up today.

Teen Mayhem will open the festivities on Saturday 25 October with a full day dedicated to pre-teens and young teenagers, aiming to inspire them to better engage with the genre. Starting with a Special FX make-up workshop with local make-up artist and prop maker Jayne Hyman, the day will then continue with a screening of Japanese anime Patema Inverted. A special event around CBBC hit series Wolfblood will see members of the cast and crew, including the show’s creator Debbie Moon and cast member Kedar Williams-Stirling, take part in a screening, and post-screening masterclass. The day will then end with a 3D screening of Joe Dante’s 2009 thriller The Hole.

Chris Cooke, Mayhem Co-Director, says: "We all fell in love with horror, science fiction and fantasy when we were younger and Teen Mayhem is a chance for those younger fans to really indulge their passion. It allows them to learn more about the genre, have fun and meet fellow fans, as well as to meet the team responsible for one of CBBC's biggest hit series, Wolfblood, to learn the craft of horror make-up and to catch a couple of really stunning films."

From Sunday 26 October, Mayhem X will continue with Mayhem Certificate X. Co-curated with Strange Things Are Happening’s David Flint, the series of screenings will look at the history and context of the X certificate in films, opening up the discussion on titles once deemed particularly challenging. The unique retrospective will includeDressed to Kill, La Bête, X the Unknown and Straw Dogs. A special Silver Screen screening of Night of the Demonwill close the season and make way for the main Mayhem Film Festival starting on Thursday 30 October.

Mayhem Film Festival - four days of horror, science fiction and cult cinema - starts on 30 October with guests including Astron-6 team members with their new feature film The Editor and a series of exclusive screenings across the weekend.

Tickets are now available for TEEN MAYHEM and MAYHEM CERTIFICATE X.


Mayhem Film Festival are thrilled to open this year’s tenth edition with a special evening with members ofCanadian cult filmmaking collective Astron-6 and a preview screening of their hysterical new feature The Editor.

Astron-6, the collective behind Father’s Day, Manborg and last year’s hit short Bio-Cop, will present their most ambitious project to date, The Editor, a 70s Italian giallo-inspired comedy in which a one time (and one-handed) master film editor becomes the prime suspect in a series of brutal murders.

Adam Brooks (Father’s Day), Matthew Kennedy (Manborg himself!) and Conor Sweener (Justice in Manborg) – three-fifths of Astron-6 – will attend Mayhem and present a short film showcase of some of their previous work, and take part in a post-screening Q&A following the preview of The Editor.

The Editor - Still

Astron-6’s Matthew Kennedy is looking forward to their visit: “like most Canadians, Adam, Conor and I are of European descent. It will be with great pleasure that we return to our homeland and sour the minds of our ancestry with our latest macabre masterpiece, The Editor. While in Nottingham we hope to meet Robin Hood and perhaps work with him on his next film.”

Chris Cooke, Mayhem Co-Director says: “Astron-6 gave the festival two of our best crowd-pleasers ever: Bio-Cop and Manborg, as well as creating the wildly enjoyable Father’s Day, so it’s great that we’ve been able to get them here to meet their fans, screen their original short films and talk about The Editor, starring the legendary Udo Kier. They’re an inspiration to a lot of developing and established filmmakers and make incredibly entertaining films. The Editor is like the makers of Airplane directed an incredibly gory, boundary busting, horror film: it’s lurid, bad taste and very, very funny. Incredible.”

Astron-6 will open Mayhem Film Festival’s 10th edition on Thursday 30 October. More information about the programme will be announced soon.


To mark its tenth edition, Mayhem Film Festival is presenting 10 days of activities, offering two brand new programmes dedicated to horror, cult cinema and sci-fi on screen. Saturday 25 October will mark the start of Mayhem X, a one-of-a-kind ten-day celebration of the genre.

Mayhem X will open with Teen Mayhem, an introduction to the genre for a younger audience, aimed to inspire them to better engage with the genre through screenings, masterclasses and workshops. Mayhem Certificate X will then take over presenting a series of screenings looking at the history and context of the X certificate in films. The two new strands will lead up to the main Mayhem Film Festival lasting four days, starting on Thursday 30 October. Discounts for Teen Mayhem and Mayhem Certificate X tickets will be available for Mayhem Festival Early Bird Passes and Full Festival Passes holders. Mayhem X is made possible with the support of the BFI Film Festival Fund, awarding funds from The National Lottery.


To mark the one-month countdown to Mayhem X, Mayhem will host a special screening of Wolf Cop at Broadway on Sunday 28 September at 8.45PM. Tickets are now on sale at http://www.broadway.org.uk/events/film_wolfcop

In addition to the festival’s extended tenth-anniversary celebrations, Mayhem will be presenting a three-day season of film screenings, events and discussion forums on the theme of ‘The Created Woman’ early December, as part of Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder – the BFI’s nationwide three-month celebration of film and television’s original blockbuster genre. ‘The Created Woman’ season is co-curated by Sarah Lutton, Programme Advisor for the London Film Festival, and made possible through Film Hub Central East.

Mayhem X will take place Saturday 25 October – Monday 3 November. More information about Teen Mayhem and Mayhem Certificate X will be announced soon. Early Bird Passes for the main festival are currently available at the discounted price of £55.

‘The Created Woman’ season will take place 5-7 December. More information will be announced soon about the full programme of activities.

To book your early bird passes, please go here


Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway this autumn to take you on a fantastic journey beyond the dark edges of film. Taking place from 30 October to 2 November, Mayhem will be celebrating 10 years of eeriness with previews, special events, midnight screenings, new releases and special guests.

Plans for Mayhem’s 10th anniversary are already under way and discounted early bird passes will go on sale on 24 June at 10AM for the more eager Mayhem fans.

Mayhem are also on the look-out for scary shorts. Very much at the heart of the festival, the shorts programme is one of Mayhem’s most popular features, showcasing the best local, national and international shorts on the circuit. The call for scary shorts is now open and filmmakers can submit their entry for free until Friday 29 August.

To submit your scary short, please email Annie Parry at info@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk


Mayhem Film Festival is a cutting-edge event bringing you the very best in genre cinema and television. We screen the best in horror, sci-fi and cult features and shorts from around the world, often with guest filmmakers in attendance. From premieres, new releases and previews to cult classics, breakthrough shorts, midnight movies, masterclasses, live experiments and more - Mayhem offers a unique and exciting viewing experience for audiences across four days.

Past guests and events have included a screening of Don’t Look Now in the Gothic surroundings of St. Mary’s Church, Nottingham, with director Nicolas Roeg in attendance, a masterclass with director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla), special interviews with directors Mike Hodges (Get Carter, Black Rainbow) and Robin Hardy (The Wicker Man), and a special archive presentation and interview with Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock, Doctor Who). Other unique events include a screening of Tod Browning’s silent classicThe Unknown with a specially-composed original live score by 8mm Orchestra, and a panel from the cast and creators of hit BBC TV series Being Human. Supported by BAFTA, Mayhem has also presented special preview screenings of Sightseers with special guest Ben Wheatley and The Awakening with writer and director Nick Murphy.

In addition, Mayhem works to curate cult cinema across the year as part of Cinema Diabolique bringing special advance previews, archive screenings, triple bills and free screenings with partners Kino Klubb and Kneel Before Zod, and with Watergate Cinematek - including the best bad movie ever made, Birdemic, and its inspired sequel, with its cast and director James Nguyen who flew in from L.A. especially for the occasion, as well as a sing-along screening of The Wicker Man, and an exclusive preview of cult documentary Video Nasties: Draconian Days with director Jake West.

Mayhem is curated and directed by filmmakers Steven Sheil, director of Mum & Dad, described by Total Film as ‘one of the defining horrors of its generation’ and Chris Cooke, director of the Michael Powell Award nominated One for the Road. It is supported by Broadway Cinema, and frequently works with partners local, national and international to put together its line-up, including the BFI, BAFTA, Last Exit To Nowhere and the excellent Fab Press.

"Mayhem is marked by its bold and transgressive programming... and that makes it one of the best horror festivals around." Starburst Magazine

"Once again the most enjoyable horror fest of the year... perfect venue, friendly atmosphere and of course great programming." FAB Press.


Chris Cooke - Co-Director/Programmer chris@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk

Steven Sheil - Co-Director/Programmer steve@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk

Annie Parry - Associate Short Film Programmer info@mayhemhorrorfest.co.uk

Melissa Gueneau - Press & Marketing