Introductory talk by Dr Kaja Franck on Lycanthropy in Literature, followed by showing of film Ginger Snaps (2000, Dir. John Fawcett). Over 18s only.
Ginger Snaps (John Fawcett, 2000) remains one of the most innovative and original interpretations of the werewolf in the last 50 years. Despite its small budget, this Canadian horror film packs a punch. Centring on the lives of two morbid sisters, who spend their time fantasising about suicide pacts, it uses lycanthropy as an allegory for puberty. However, unlike the hyper-masculine Teen Wolf (Rod Daniel, 1985), Ginger Snaps is a feminist fairy tale, returning to the dark, bloody roots of the werewolf.
Kaja’s PhD thesis looked at the literary werewolf as an ecoGothic monster, concentrating on the relationship between wilderness, wolves, and werewolves, and how language is used to demarcate animal alterity. She is part of the ‘Open Graves, Open Minds’ research project and has previously published on the depiction of wolves and werewolves in Dracula and young adult fiction. She also edited the online journal Revenant’s special edition on werewolves.
Tickets available in advance from the Electric Palace website or on the door. Ticket includes post-film Q&A/Discussion.