Invited Speaker

McKenna, Mark, ‘Disadvantage and determination in the brand narrative of Sylvester Stallone’, Northumbria University, Newcastle, October 2021

McKenna, Mark, ‘Book launch and roundtable’: Nasty Business’. Online roundtable discussion on the industrial legacy of the video nasties with Paul McDonald, Sarah Clearly, David Church and William Proctor, January 2021

McKenna, Mark, ‘From video collecting to contemporary cinema’, Abertoir Horror Film Festival, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, November 2014

McKenna, Mark, ‘Plastic Nostalgia: in remembrance of the Video Nasty’, Birmingham City University, Birmingham, October 2014


McKenna, Mark, ‘Don’t be afraid it’s only business’, in: Screening Censorship, Ghent University, 16-17 October 2020.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Resisting Redundancy: Sylvester Stallone and the Ageing Action Star’, in: Persona Studies, University of Newcastle, 25-26 June 2019.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Nothing is Over: Publicity and Performance in the Economics of the Ageing Actor, Celebrity Studies Conference, Sapienza University, Rome, 28th June 2018.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Ageing Slabs of B Movie Beef and the Hip Replacements – Assumptions of Redundancy and the Ageing Action Star’, Geriaction Cinema: A Symposium on the Ageing Action Star, Bournemouth University, 11th May 2018.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Of Underdogs and Arm-Wrestling: Stardom and the Cannon Film Group’, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Sheraton Centre Toronto, March 14– 18 2018.

McKenna, Mark, ‘VIPCO, “Shitco” and the Changing Face of Exploitation’, Global Exploitation Cinemas, University of Lincoln, 28 May 2015.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Selling Fear: The Video Nasties – Beyond Censorship’, MeCCSA Annual Conference, Northumbria University, January 2015.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Banned in the UK: Approaching an Industrial Analysis of “Video Nasty” Distribution’, Industrial Approaches to Media: Methodological Gateway to Industry Studies, University of Nottingham, 5 June 2014.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Coming Back from the Dead: Zombie Distribution and the Unofficial Franchise’, Italian Horror Cinema, University of Bedfordshire, 9 May 2014.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Reconfiguring the Merchants of Menace’, Archaeologies of Media and Film, University of Bradford, 5 September 2014.

McKenna, Mark, ‘A Murder Mystery in Black and Blue: Astra Video and the UK Distribution of Snuff’, Cult Cinema and Technological Change, Aberystwyth University, 15 April 2014.

McKenna, Mark, ‘Strong Uncut Version: Censorship and Blame in VIPCO’s Reissues of the “Video Nasties”‘, International Film Studies Spring School, Gorizia, 9 April 2014.

McKenna, Mark, ‘”What Film is Your Film Like?” Retitling as Adaptation and Paratext’, Adventures in Textuality: Adaptation in the Twenty-First Century conference, University of Sunderland, 3 April 2013.


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