SOAS University of London

Centre of South East Asian Studies

Documenting Fantasy in Indonesia

The Warrior Poster 2
Pete Tombs, Bastian Meiresonne, Iain Robert Smith

Date: 17 March 2019Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 17 March 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Workshop


A talk with the film practitioners on their works related to Indonesian cult movies adapted from comics and other books. Pete Tombs will talk about documentary film and distribution company, Mondo Macabro DVD, which has successfully restored numerous films and made them available to new audiences. Bastian will discuss about his research, documentary and and filmmaking experiences, including on how to find and deal with the rare footages. In addition, Iain Robert Smith will compare and contrast the attempt of documenting fantasy genre in Indonesia with other global cases such as Turkey and India.

Speakers: Pete Tombs, Bastian Meiresonne, Iain Robert Smith

Moderator: Ekky Imanjaya

Speaker Biographies

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). 

Bastian Mereisonne: An expert on Asian Cinema, consultant for many film festivals, including the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema (VIFF of Asian Cinema). Garuda Power: The Spirit Within (2014) is his first feature documentary about the history of Indonesian (Action) Cinema and has been selected in over 40 international film festivals. 

Dr Iain Robert Smith: Senior lecturer at King’s College London. He is an expert on World cult movies and Remakesploitation, including Turkey, Bollywood, and Indonesia. He is co-editor of Transnational Film Remakes (2017) and the author of The Hollywood Meme: Transnational Adaptations in World Cinema (2016).

Dr Ekky Imanjaya: A faculty member of Film Department at Bina Nusantara (Binus) University. Ekky just graduated his doctoral study in Film Studies at University of East Anglia. He is a film critic and researcher.

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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