Sir Christopher Frayling is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, educationalist and cultural historian and is best known for his study of popular culture.
He has extensive output as a writer and critic on a variety of themes ranging from vampires to westerns and has written and presented television series such as The Art of Persuasion on advertising, Strange Landscape on the Middle Ages, The Face of Tutankhamun and Nightmare: Birth of Horror. He has conducted a number of radio and television interviews with many popular names from the world of film, including Woody Allen, Deborah Kerr, Francis Ford Coppola and Clint Eastwood.
Frayling studied spaghetti westerns and in particular director Sergio Leone. His highly popular biography Sergio Leone: Something To Do With Death (2000) was followed up by the DVD documentaries of Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), and audio commentaries for the special edition DVD releases of A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Colossus of Rhodes. He also curates an international travelling exhibition on Sergio Leone.
In 2001, he was awarded a knighthood for “Services to Art and Design Education” and chose as his motto, Perge scelus mihi diem perficias, which can be translated as ‘Proceed, varlet, and let the day be rendered perfect for my benefit’. To be precise, ‘Go ahead, punk, make my day’.
Frayling is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and was Rector of the Royal College of Art, London, from 1996 to 2009, where he remains Professor Emeritus of Cultural History. His many public appointments have included Chairman of Arts Council England; Chairman of the Design Council; and the longest-serving Trustee of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Sir Christopher will be giving a talk on “VAMPYRES – the first 200 years” and will be signing copies of his book Vampyres: Genesis and Resurrection from Count Dracula to Vampirella at HorrorConUK on Sat 13th May 2017