About CinePunked

Art v Porn, 2019

What is CinePunked?
It’s a fusion of scholarly and popular approaches to film criticism. We bring interactive conversation about film to live audiences. We hope to open up difficult films and subjects to wider audiences and share our love of the medium.
Our conversations are recorded for later publication.
We launched (without a name) in 2015 with a special debate commemorating the Orson Welles centenary. Since then we’ve hosted a number of live panel discussions and launched a dedicated podcast in December 2017.
We commenced publication of a series of CinePunked books in September 2021.
We have been featured on radio, television and in newspapers across the UK and Ireland.

A PDF brochure outlining our activities and services is available to download from here.

CS Lewis Festival Belfast, 2018

Who is CinePunked?
CinePunked’s core members are film historian Robert J.E. Simpson, and writer Dr Rachael Kelly We’re often joined by special guests for our panel events and podcasts.
Our podcast producer, and tech support for live events is provided by Ben Simpson.

When is the next CinePunked event?
CinePunked is constantly curating and performing at live events. We currently have a residency at the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast, and work with other venues and events year-long. Head over to the Events tab to find out more about upcoming events.
As of June 2020 our in-person live event programme is on hold owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. We are however making provisional plans to return to live venues as soon as conditions allow, and where conditions allow we will run.
Recordings of panels from our live events will be available via our Podcast.
In the meantime if you’d like us to come and host a panel in your town, cinema, school or other venue, or are interested in working with us drop us a line via Facebook or Twitter or pop us an email.

CinePunked is based in but not restricted to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Our audience is global, and we are always interested in new ways of reaching people.

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