Ernest Mathijs is a Professor in Film and Media Studies at the University of British Columbia. He researches cult film, genre cinema, David Cronenberg, and European horror. He has written on the reception of digital cinema and fantasy (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), on Belgian cinema, reality-TV Big Brother, Thomas Pynchon, Joseph Beuys, The Room, and on the activism and acting of Delphine Seyrig.
His most recent book is The Routledge Companion to Cult Cinema (co-edited with Jamie Sexton). He has also published 100 Cult Films, Cult Cinema, The Cult Film Reader, and Alternative Europe, amongst others. He is the author of monographs on David Cronenberg and Ginger Snaps.
Ernest is the co-producer and co-writer of the two-part documentary The Quiet Revolution (2019), on Canadian genre film since the 1970s. He chairs the editorial board of the online journal Participations (www.participations.org), and he is an associate of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC (http://pwias.ubc.ca). He is obsessed with the question ‘how long is a moment?’
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