Pandemic, Panic and Pop Culture
Nigel Kneale and the Cinema of Contagion
Middlesex University Dubai is delighted to announce a panel discussion focusing on Nigel Kneale's work. The panel will take place virtually on Wednesday 21 April at 7pm (GST).
With eerie echoes of the riots that close Quatermass and the Pit in the January 6th 2021 D.C. Capitol Riot and Portland’s ongoing Antifa protests, with Quatermass’s Kickalong finding his real-life counterpart in the QAnon Shaman, with the idea of infected beings roaming city streets sparking urban panics akin to The Quatermass Experiment, and with countless other examples littering current global newsfeeds, the Cold War-era apocalyptic visions of Nigel Kneale seem more prescient, more timely than ever.
This panel discussion seeks to explore the enduring, shaping themes, images and power of this visionary writer, asking how and why Kneale’s stories made an impact in their time – and remain important to this day.