If you’re familiar with previous CULTure Babylon’s events you’ll know that we put the CULT into culture, by combining great films with speakers who provide further insight into the themes explored.
Fear in the Fens will be no exception, and we have been fortunate in attracting speakers with national and international reputations...
Gavin Baddeley is an English writer specialising in the devilish and
decadent, Gothic and macabre.
In addition to penning books such as:
Dissecting Marilyn Manson
God's Assassins: The Medieval Roots of Terrorism
Saucy Jack: The Elusive Ripper
Vlad the Impaler,
he has also written for a diverse range of periodicals and newspapers, including the Observer, Knave, Metal Hammer and Medieval History
Gavin was personally ordained as a priest in the Church of Satan by
the ‘Black Pope’, Anton LaVey, and has subsequently made numerous media appearances and advised sundry bodies as a leading expert on
the dark arts.
Dr Francis Young
Dr Young is an expert on the history of catholicism in East Anglia.
He has also written a number of works on religion and the occult, including
Witches and Witchcraft in Ely,
A History of Exorcism in Catholic Christianity,
and a translation of a 16th century grimoire, The Cambridge Book of Magic.
Dr Young will be talking about the history of Witchcraft in East Anglia with reference to Ely and the surrounding region.
Kit Lewis has been a writer and journalist for 20 years and is the curator of Fear in the Fens.
His journalism has appeared in national and regional newspapers and in publications as varied as Shooting Times and Teddy Bear Times.
His research interests include the role of the media in moral panics and he has published:
Shooting the Messenger: How the Media Formed Britain's Firearms Policy in the 20th Century
Kit Lewis started CULTure Babylon in 2012, combining cult films with expert speakers
in a unique format which provided the foundation for the Fear in the Fens festival.
Chris Mizsak is an artist and curator based in Cambridgeshire. He is also a member of the Cambridge Super 8 Group—a community-oriented film collective dedicated to preserving low-gauge analogue filmmaking through a diverse programme of festivals, screenings, exhibitions, and workshops. In 2013—in collaboration with Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds—he co-curated Flicker: Artists and Super 8, a major art-film exhibition showcasing artists past and present who have worked with the format.
As an artist Chris has been exploring the aesthetic and alchemical qualities of Super 8 since the late 1980s, and has participated in exhibitions in the UK, Germany, Poland, and the Netherlands. He is a co-founder of BellArtLabs, an independent art group working in moving-image, sound, expanded cinema and installation.
The group’s latest works are being presented at Greyfriars Art Space in Kings Lynn (October 8-22).
Chris is also a freelance researcher and editorial consultant for TASCHEN books. A vinyl enthusiast, he has contributed to an ongoing series of books exploring the relationship between music and record sleeve design, including the award-winning Jazz Covers, Rock Covers, and forthcoming Art Record Covers.