In 2019, Steve Jones was interviewed for two documentaries that are now nearing completion: "The Emmanuelle Effect" and "The Last Word on The Last House on the Left". Both are coming soon from High Rising Productions
Steve Jones has started creating videos relating to his published work. Here are the first two in the series -more will follow soon!
At the annual meeting of the Horror Studies Scholarly Interest Group held in March as part of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Seattle, Johnny Walker was one of two new co-chairs elected to replace outgoing founding co-chairs Allison Whitney (Texas Tech) and Murray Leeder (Calgary).
From May 2019, Johnny will join the newly elected Ashley R. Smith (Northwestern), along with graduate student representative Sonia Lupher (Pittsburgh) and founding co-chair Adam Hart (Pittsburgh).
Steve has just returned from Kurja Polt Festival where he presented a research paper about the slasher film alongside fellow presenters Dr Jamie Sexton (Northumbria) and Dr Alison Peirse (Leeds). The event was organised and chaired by Dr Russ Hunter (Northumbria). Our thanks as always to Masa Pece and the Kurja Polt team for having us back. More information about the event (including abstracts for the papers) is available here
As part of the scholarly digital research network In Media Res, Associate Lecturer Tom Watson contributed to a contentious debate surrounding the labelling of contemporary horror cinema (or rather certain examples of horror). As part of a week-long debate (4th March - 8th March) alongside fellow horror scholars from the universities of Roehampton, Sheffield Hallam, Hertfordshire and Salford, Tom contributed a short article addressing the re-surfacing of art/ trash binaries facing the genre in the popular press (taking Lars Von Trier's recent serial killer narrative The House that Jack Built  as a reference point).
On 23rd March Steve Jones returned toOffscreen Festival in Brussels for the fourth time. This year, Steve participated in a conference based on Offscreen’s Death on Film theme. Steve interviewed David Kerekes about his groundbreaking book Killing for Culture, delivered a paper entitled “La Petite Mort: Sex and Death in Hardcore Horror”, and participated in a panel discussion with David, Dr Tina Kendall (Anglia Ruskin University), Dr Russ Hunter (Northumbria University), and festival guest of honour Jörg Buttgereit (director of Necromantik, Schramm, and Der Todesking). Thank you to the festival team, and to everyone who came to the event
On Tuesday 19th February, Sarah Kilburn-Wilson made her debut on ITV National News. Sarah graduated form Northumbria with a First Class BA (Hons) Journalism in 2015. She has been working with ITV in various capacities since 2015. Congratulations Sarah
Dr Steve Jones is part of a REF impact case study focusing on film festivals, which is led by Northumbria colleague Dr Russ Hunter. The project entails delivering our research in public spaces. Since 2015, Steve has presented multiple times at Offscreen Festival in Brussels, Abertoir Festival in Aberystwyth, and Kurja Polt Festival in Ljubljana. He has also introduced film screenings and has conducted masterclasses with actor Christina Lindberg and director Fabrice Du Welz.
Most recently, Steve delivered a lecture on the slasher film as part of the 13th annual Abertoir Film Festival.
In 2019, he will return to Brussels for the Offscreen Festival where he will deliver a lecture about death on film alongside Dr Johnny Walker.
Steve will also return to Kurja Polt, where he will deliver a talk on slasher cinema. As the main focus of the REF case study, the work with Kurja Polt also entails media interviews (for national television and radio).
It has also led to Steve’s work being translated into Slovenian for publication in Kino! Journal. To-date, Steve has two translated articles in Kino!