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Shetland Arts will present a one-off premiere screening of new zombie-culture documentary Doc of the Dead, followed by a Q&A with its director Alexandre O. Philippe, on Tuesday next week (24 June, 7.30pm) at Mareel.

Philippe, who has visited Shetland before with his film The People vs George Lucas, is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of pop culture, and the recipient of several prestigious international awards. He holds a masters degree in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is creative director of Denver-based Cinema Vertige and Exhibit A Pictures. His recent feature-length documentaries include The People vs. George Lucas, and The Life and Times of Paul the Psychic Octopus.

He said: “This is the perfect time to release a zombie documentary – there has never been a better time to release [one]... If you just look around, zombies are everywhere. When zombies are showing up in Sprint ads, that’s when you know the time is now!”

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Doc of the Dead bills itself as “the definitive guide to all things undead” and delves deep into the evolution of the zombie genre in film and literature, as well as its influence on pop culture. The documentary aims to deliver a comprehensive, fast-paced, highly entertaining look at a contemporary social pandemic of global proportions.

Volunteer Screenplay Coordinator Kathy Hubbard said: “We are very excited to be welcoming Alexandre back to Mareel for this one-off premiere screening of his new fantastic documentary and to answer your questions. There will also be an exclusive Screenplay 2014 announcement made at this screening, so make sure you’re there!”

Tickets are on sale now and cost £8 / £6. Because this is a Special Cinema Event, Gold & Silver Cards are not applicable. The film has a recommended certification of 15 due to scenes of violence and gore. Booking is via Shetland Box Office at Mareel and/or Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online here.

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