SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

The Warrior & Fantasy Films from Indonesia

The Warrior Poster 1
Pete Tombs

Date: 16 March 2019Time: 12:00 PM

Finishes: 16 March 2019Time: 2:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Djam Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film Screening


This screening session presents the Mondo Macabro version of Jaka Sembung (The Warrior), a classic exploitation Indonesian film directed by Sisworo Gautama Putra in 1981. The movie is an example of dozens of transnational classic popular films in the 1980s and 1990s being recirculated globally in the 2000s. This kind of films are still celebrated by international fans, particularly in online forums and blogs. The film was adapted from a comic book written by Djair. Jaka Sembung series, both the comics (1968-1988) and films (1981, 1983, 1985, 1990) were very popular among domestic audiences.

Mondo Macabro DVD recirculated many Indonesian B-grade movies and labeled them as “Cult Movies”. They treated the films as gems and enriched the DVD with special features, including short essay and interviews with the filmmakers and actors.

In addition, Pete Tombs, the co-founder of Mondo Macabro DVD, also co-directed a series of short documentaries on world cult cinema for Channel Four. One of them is Fantasy Films from Indonesia.

Presentation of these films will be preceeded by an introduction by Pete Tombs, of Mondo Macabro DVD, and followed by a question and answer session.

Speaker: Pete Tombs

Moderator: Ekky Imanjaya

Speaker Biography

Pete Tombs: Co-founder of Mondo Macabro DVD. Co-director of documentaries on world cult cinema for Channel 4, including Fantasy Films from Indonesia. He is the author of Mondo Macabro: Weird & Wonderful Cinema Around the World (1997).

Suitable only for 15 years and over. Subtitles in English.

This event is free and open to the public. Seats are available on a first come first served basis.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of South East Asian Studies

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