Join Jane Austen and zombie experts for pre-Halloween screening and panel

Experts on 19th century literature and the undead will come together for a pre-Halloween event at the University of Leicester on 29 October when the Leicester Institute for Advanced Studies presents a free screening of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, followed by a discussion panel.

The 2016 historical comedy horror film, starring Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Matt Smith (Doctor Who) is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s 2009 cult novel which reworks the 1813 Jane Austen original, adding a zombie apocalypse to Mrs Bennet’s problems in attempting to marry off her daughters to acceptable husbands.

After the screening, Emma Probett, a key researcher in Culture and Victorianism, will host a discussion panel. Two leading Austen experts, Dr Gillian Dow from the University of Southampton and Dr Julian North from the University of Leicester will be joined by Leicester’s own authority on the living dead, ‘Zombie Ed’ Thurlow, organiser of the popular ‘Day of the Undead’ zombie festival which ran at Phoenix for many years.

The event takes place in the Film Theatre in the Attenborough Building in the centre of the University of Leicester campus, from 4.00pm to 7.00pm. Tickets are free but places are limited so please book through Eventbrite. The film has a 15 certificate.