Gothic, Ghastly, Corporeal and Creaturely: Tim Burton's Curious Bodies


Gothic, Ghastly, Corporeal and Creaturely: Tim Burton's Curious Bodies 

Date: 15 February 2018 

Time: 9am - 8pm 

Venue: Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton


Detailed Description

Film director Tim Burton has acquired an international reputation and critical acclaim for fantasy horror films that variously encompass alternative worlds inhabited by ghosts, animated corpses, grotesque and horrible bodies, or otherwise, ‘different’ beings. So too do creaturely apparitions feature regularly in his productions. While his work often centres on animated characters, he collaborates with a number of specific star personae such as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Christopher Lee, Winona Ryder, Vincent Price, Christopher Walken, Danny de Vito, Michael Keaton, and Jack Nicholson. Burton also frequently uses composer, Danny Elfman, as well as certain crew members and technical staff to work on his films. This one-day conference seeks to draw together scholarship on the theme of ‘bodies’ in Burton’s films and invites proposals accordingly. We particularly welcome contributions focusing on:

  • Collaborative bodies – stars, actors, composers, and crew members/technical staff
  • Grotesque and vile bodies
  • Gothic bodies
  • Animated bodies
  • Compromised and anomalous bodies, and ‘freak-show’ aesthetics
  • Creaturely bodies
  • Abject and corporeal beings
  • Bodies between worlds
  • Spectacular bodies 

Delegate fees for Burton’s Curious Bodies are £50 and £20 for students/concessions to include lunch, refreshments, and evening wine reception and screening of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016).

Light House Media Centre is the Black Country’s only independent cinema, housing two screens, galleries and a café bar within the iconic Victorian architecture of The Chubb Buildings.


£50 standard

£20 student and concessions (Please overide payment to show this amount if unwaged)


Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton


Fran Pheasant-Kelly , Reader in Film Studies


Contact: 01902 323325

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