The Cinema of Ovidio G Assonitis with a live screening of the cult classic The Visitor

Where: Media Factory – Room 210

Time: 11am-1:30pm

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The British Board of Film Classification has rated The Visitor as 15 – Suitable only for 15 years and over. No one younger than 15 will be admitted to the screening room.


Ovidio AssonitisIconic cult filmmaker Ovidio Assonitis discusses his life and career from his box-office busting 1974 directorial debut, Beyond the Door, to working with James Cameron on Piranha Part II: The Spawning; from his time at the helm of Cannon Pictures to his 2003 independent effort Red Riding Hood. The event is hosted by BAFTA member Bill McCoid, followed by a screening of Mr Assonitis’ film The Visitor from 1979, restored and on the big screen for the first time in the UK.

About Ovidio G Assonitis:

Ovidio Assonitis, an independent film producer and businessman with over 35 years experience in the industry. In the mid-’60s and in a ten-year period distributed more than 900 films. He directed the 1974 horror classic Beyond the Door, grossing worldwide in excess of us $40 million, becoming the highest grossing independent film of all time until the release of Grizzly in 1976. He followed Beyond the door with cult classics Tentacles (1977) and The Visitor (1979) before personally hiring the then unknown James Cameron to direct Piranha 2: The Spawning (1981). In 1989, Assonitis became President of Cannon Pictures before producing Universal Pictures’ remake of Scent of a Woman (1992), which was released worldwide in 1993, starring Al Pacino. Since leaving Cannon Pictures, Assonitis has produced six motion pictures. He is a keen philanthropist and eager to combine business with a positive development of the economic and social infrastructure of countries in Asia.

Synopsis for The Visitor:

You may think you’ve seen it all, but NOTHING can prepare you for The Visitor! At first glance, Katy Collins is just like any other normal 8-year-old girl, but appearances can dangerously deceptive. Katy is the Earthly incarnation of an ancient evil, Sateen, an intergalactic supernatural entity who was vanquished many light years ago. Katy possesses tremendous powers making her capable of great destruction; powers which some are keen to eradicate, and some to harness… With an all-star cast including John Huston, Joanne Nail, Franco Nero, Mel Ferrer, Lance Henrikson, Sam Peckinpah, Shelly Winters and Glenn Ford.