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Science Fiction Double FeatureThe Science Fiction Film as Cult Text$
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J. P. Telotte and Gerald Duchovnay

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781781381830

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781781381830.001.0001

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Iron Sky’s War Bonds: Cult SF Cinema and Crowdsourcing

Iron Sky’s War Bonds: Cult SF Cinema and Crowdsourcing

(p.115) 7. Iron Sky’s War Bonds: Cult SF Cinema and Crowdsourcing
Science Fiction Double Feature

Chuck Tryon


Iron Sky (2012) was one of the first high-profile films to use the practices of crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. This chapter considers how crowdsourcing and crowdfunding are not only intersecting with the discourses of cult cinema, but also beginning to redefine it. Typically, definitions of cult cinema have focused on both aesthetic and audience factors. Aesthetically, cult films are often associated with parody, camp, and other forms of aesthetic transgression because of their ability to challenge the norms of Hollywood cinema, while cult audiences are typically assumed to emerge after a film is released, and movies deliberately designed to cultivate that audience are often dismissed as ‘prefabricated’. In this sense, Iron Sky challenges many of these preconceptions, even while building a massive international audience that has enthusiastically embraced it, to the point that the film's production team began work on a (crowdfunded and crowdsourced) sequel just months after the original film's premiere.

Keywords:   crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, cult films, cult cinema, science fiction, sf genre, Iron Sky, cult audience

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