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Wales’ International Horror Festival

5 - 10 November 2013, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Wales

Abertoir 2013 Special Guests

Guests of Honour

Richard Johnson

Actor: The Haunting, Zombie Flesh Eaters
Richard Johnson is an acclaimed stage and screen actor, writer and producer whose career has spanned over 60 years. He has worked with Sir Laurence Olivier and Frank Sinatra, and appeared in many notable productions including The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Midsomer Murders, Spooks and Waking the Dead. He is familiar to genre fans through films such as the Eurospy movies Deadlier than the Male and Danger Route, the Italian horror films Island of the Fishmen and Zombie Flesh Eaters (which is also screening during Abertoir), and Amicus’ final film the Monster Club. His most famous role is that of paranormal investigator Dr John Markway in The Haunting, which we are proud to present as this year's opening film.

Fabio Frizzi

Composer: City of the Living Dead, Zombi Flesh Eaters
Legendary Italian film music composer Fabio Frizzi is known throughout the world for his remarkable and unparalleled films scores, particularly those for the films of Lucio Fulci. Throughout a career that has spanned over 40 years, his most notable scores are for Zombie Flesh Easters, City of the Living Dead and The Beyond, which have made him a household name for lovers of horror worldwide.


Caradog James

Director: The Machine
Caradog is a photographer, writer and director whose work has included an adaptation of Douglas Coupland’s best-selling novel Miss Wyoming and the highly acclaimed feature Little White Lies which earned two awards and four other nominations at the BAFTA Cymru Awards. His second film as director, The Machine, is currently playing at genre festivals worldwide.

John Giwa-Amu

Producer: The Machine
John is a producer and director who worked with Caradog James to produce the award-winning film Little White Lies. He has also won awards as a director for numerous short films and was the producer on The Machine, for which he recently won the BAFTA Cymru Award for Special Achievement in Film. He is currently working on developing several feature projects for 2014.

Anna Walton

Actress: Soulmate
Anna has appeared in a number of films such as The Seasoning House, NBC’s miniseries Crusoe and as Princess Nuala in Hellboy II. She previously worked with Axelle Carolyn on her short film The Halloween Kid and plays the lead in Axelle’s feature film debut, Soulmate.

Tom Wisdom

Actor: Soulmate
Tom has acted in both film and television. As well as appearances in established shows such as Mile High and Coronation Street, his feature film resume includes 300, Pirate Radio and Romeo and Juliet.

Professor Peter Hutchings

Presenting: The Many Faces of Peter Cushing
Panel: The Court of Cult
Peter Hutchings is a respected academic who has written a number of books and articles on British film, television and international horror cinema. He is also an expert on the science fiction genre and has a continuing interest in sensational popular cultural forms. He is currently Professor of Film Studies at Northumbria University.

Dr Russ Hunter

Panel: The Court of Cult
Russ Hunter is a lecturer in Film & Television at Northumbria University and has written on various aspects of Italian horror cinema. He is the co-editor of a forthcoming edited book on the cinema of Dario Argento and is currently working on a book on the history of European horror cinema. Russ has also published in numerous film encyclopaedias and reference guides.

Johnny Walker

Panel: The Court of Cult
Johnny Walker is a Lecturer in Media at Northumbria University. He is the author of Contemporary British Horror Cinema: Industry, Genre and Society (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and the co-editor of Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (Bloomsbury, 2015).

Professor Matt Hills

Panel: The Court of Cult
Matt is an accomplished professor in Film and TV currently at Aberystwyth University. He has written extensively on cult theory, the horror genre, and specialises in Doctor Who - which of course is very commendable.

Olivier Beguin

Director: Chimeres
Swiss-born Olivier studied at the London Film School and subsequently worked as an editor for Swiss national television. His short film Dead Bones made a big impact on the festival circuit (including Abertoir) and his follow-up short film Employee of the Month lay the groundwork for his feature debut, Chimeres, which is already playing at festivals worldwide.

Jasna Kohoutova

Actress: Chimeres
Jasna is an actress who has worked in both television, cinema and theatre. She has worked with Olivier Beguin back in 2006 for one of his earlier shorts Naufrage, and is now playing the lead in his first feature film Chimeres.

Gavin Baddeley

Presenting: The Search for the Original Gothfather
Gavin Baddeley is an English writer specialising in the devilish and decadent, Gothic and macabre, with a special interest in the darker fringes of history. In addition to penning numerous books in these areas, he’s written for numerous, diverse periodicals and newspapers, ranging from The Observer and Knave, to Metal Hammer and Medieval History magazine. While researching his first book, Lucifer Rising, Baddeley was made an honorary priest by the 20th century’s leading Satanist, San Francisco’s ‘Black Pope’ Anton LaVey, and has subsequently made numerous media appearances and advised sundry bodies as a leading expert on the dark arts. He is also an honoured friend of the Abertoir Horror Festival, from which he will never be able to escape contributing to…!