Film Studies: 5 More of the Best from British Kitchen Sink & Beyond

Ref: C3679393

Exploring five more films falling loosely under the banner of 'British Kitchen Sink'. With a focus on the everyday lives, this movement (officially known as The British New Wave) marked a striking contrast to the glamour of Hollywood - we examine its sometimes controvertial messages & consider its appeal then and now. In this course we explore how some films/filmakers began to step away from the movement's original manifesto whilst others sought to imitate it. This Sporting Life (1963), Billy Liar (1963), Cathy Come Home (1966), The Family Way (1966), Alfie (1966)

Course aim

A friendly and accessible exploration of five more popular works of the 1960s, loosley grouped together as British Kitchen Sink - increasing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of fim in general. Open to both new and returning students.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • 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 a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding for the films of the British New Wave/Kitchen Sink era
  • Critically analyse, discuss and comment on films of the British New Wave movement and beyond.
  • Draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on the films of the British New Wave era.
  • Confidently discuss the subject area and in particular any aspects of a British New Wave film which one finds important
  • Discuss my motivation & enthusiasm for film and cinema in general and issues arising relating to the course theme.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • 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 strict pre-reading/viewing is required however - Films included are: A Taste of Honey (1961), Saturday Night & Sunday Morning (1960) ,The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), A Kind of Loving (1962), Kes (1969)

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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Film Studies: 5 More of the Best from British Kitchen Sink & Beyond


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