SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Philippine B-Movies: A Masterclass with Director Andrew Leavold

Andrew Leavold

Date: 11 August 2017Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 11 August 2017Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Alumni Lecture Theatre (SALT)

Type of Event: Lecture

“The Secret History of Philippine Cinema” is a historiographical dissection of B filmmaking in the Philippines. Beginning with a brief introduction to Philippine Film History and its period highlights, the lecture will go on to analyse the underbelly of one of Asia’s oldest and most prolific film cultures. The lecture will look into the effect of popular culture outside the Philippines on B movie storytelling traditions and trace the development of the Filipino B Film export industry.  It will also look at the Philippine’s own Poverty Row - a copycat industry running parallel to the booming local film industry from the Sixties to Eighties.  And lastly, the lecture will look into Philippine B movies as an intriguing socio-political barometer and a gauge of censorship restrictions and audience expectations. And because the Filipino B film is such a stew of influences - the American occupation, the Philippines’ own storytelling traditions and its Spanish past - it can also be studied as a  unique example of postcoloniality, cultural appropriation, and agency through hybridity.

The event will be followed by a screening of Andrew Leavold’s The Search for Weng-Weng at the Horse Hospital

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Speaker Biography

Andrew Leavold is a film-maker, writer, researcher, film festival curator, musician, and one of the foremost authorities in Philippine genre cinema. His writing has been published globally in mainstream magazines, academic journals and underground cinema fanzines, for the last two decades. He has lectured extensively on Philippine film history in Australia, the United States, and throughout the Philippines.

Mr Leavold toured the world with his feature length documentary The Search For Weng Weng (2013), on the two-foot- nine Filipino James Bond. His ten years of research on genre filmmaking in the Philippines formed the basis of Mark Hartley’s documentary Machete Maidens Unleashed! (released internationally in 2010), on which Leavold is also Associate Producer. He teamed with Daniel Palisa to co-direct The Last Pinoy Action King (2015), a documentary on the late Filipino action idol Rudy Fernandez.

He is currently shooting two new feature-length documentaries – The Most Beautiful Creatures On The Skin Of The Earth (also with Palisa) on erotic cinema under Marcos, due for release in 2018.

Organiser: Centre of South East Asian Studies

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