The Carry-Ons: Champions of Great British Low Culture

Ref: C3677954

Exploring the ever-popular yet often derided Carry On film series. Reappraising the aspects of these films which allowed then to be enjoyed by so many whilst also looking at how they managed to be just that little bit naughty whilst being always really rather reserved. How did the film series become such a long running franchise, resisting and yet revealing changing social and sexual attitudes. Journey with the Carry On's through several stages, the profession based, the historical costume based and the final contemporary based outings - why have some dated better than others? Did they 'betray' their audience? How is it that like them or loathe them, they still have us talking about them in the 21st Century?

Course aim

A stand-alone online lecture allowing attendees to explore the popular Carry On film series, increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of this often scorned but much loved aspect of British film culture and film in general.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • demonstrate an improved knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding for the Carry On film series.
  • critically analyse a film from the Carry On series.
  • draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on the Carry On films.
  • confidently discuss the subject area and in particular any aspects of a Carry On film which one finds important

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A pen and note book would prove usefull.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre-reading/viewing is required - the session will take place/be hosted via the online platform Zoom. Upon enrolment participants will be sent a link to the session via email.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Further online learning opportunities with the WEA on a local and national level.

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The Carry-Ons: Champions of Great British Low Culture


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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