Mummies have haunted cinema screens for nearly a century. They are always threatening and are typically released from their graves by meddling archaeologists and represent an ancient danger to modern humans. This talk reveals the diversity and quirkiness of mummy films. Join Dr Peter Hiscock as he explores the mummy films of Hollywood as well as British, French, and Mexican cinema. From Abbott and Costello to Elvis Presley, Boris Karloff to Christopher Lee, and Karl Freund to Ridley Scott, mummies have scared and shocked audiences. But never fear! This talk promises to wrap up your worries and reanimate your interest in mummy movies.
About the Speaker
Professor Peter Hiscock holds the Tom Austen Brown Chair in Australian Archaeology at the University of Sydney. He has a D.Sc. from the Australian National University and is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Peter has worked extensively in Australia and his book Archaeology of Ancient Australia, published by Routledge, won the Mulvaney Book Award. He has also undertaken archaeological research in France and southern Africa. Most curiously he also writes about the representation of archaeologists in movies.
Date: Tuesday, 27 August
Time: Doors open at 5.45pm and the lecture will begin promptly at 6pm.
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