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Join the Cinemaniacs Collective for a Conversation About Bears in Cinema

On 17th March 2018, Cinemaniacs film collective in Melbourne screened John Frankenheimer’s underrated eco-monster movie, Prophecy (1979), as the second film in its ‘Now I Have Hate: Prejudice in Film’ 2018 season. While monthly screenings are a mainstay on the Cinemaniacs’ calendar, this screening offered a little extra in the form of a post-film panel, ‘There’s a Bear in There’, which discussed the representation of bears in film – and not the homosexual kind (as needed to be clarified) but actual furry bears. While the theme may seem random, it had particular relevancy for Prophecy, given the film centres on a monstrously mutated and very angry mumma bear.Hosted by Diabolique contributor Emma Westwood, who also introduced the screening, the panel consisted of writers Christian McCrea and Clementine Bastow, and Cinemaniacs Co-Founder and Diabolique Associate Editor Lee Gambin. Everything from Yogi Bear to Grizzly was thematically ripped to shreds, and immortalised in a Facebook live feed, which you can now watch here…

A huge thanks to our panelists, Emma, Lee, Clem and Christian. It switches to portrait view at the three minute mark.

Posted by Cinemaniacs on Saturday, March 17, 2018


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About Emma Westwood

Emma Westwood is a writer from Melbourne, and broadcaster on Triple R FM’s Plato’s Cave film criticism program, with an interest in horror and extreme cinema. She is the author of Monster Movies (Pocket Essentials, UK, 2008) and is currently working on a monograph on David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) for the Devil’s Advocates series.

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