Film Studies: Great Film Adaptations

Ref: C3668675

A freindly and accessible course exploring what it takes to create a truly great film adaptation by considering some classics; the memorable, the iconic and the unique, with time to examine some not-so-classics.

Course aim

Most films are the result of adaptations, this course offers an exploration of some popular cinematic screen adaptations - considering what makes some so memorable and others not.

Who is the course for?

This course of open to anyone, from those with a long standing interest in film to those with the slightest curiosity and wish to discover more in a friendly and accessible environment.

What topics will this course cover

Via examination of the films studied as part of the course students will explore and understand more regarding the analysis of film from both a thematic and technical perspective. From a cultural perspective, re-examination of films both historical and more recent and our opinions regarding them - participants will explore a range of artistic, cultural and social issues and our ever-changing attitude towards them. Students will study and range of clips and information relating to the films, engage in group analysis, discussion and feedback.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

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

Gain a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes a successful screen adaptation. Gain the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on and/or review a film adaptation. Be able to draw from their own knowledge and experience in expressing their own informed opinions when commenting on a film adapted from another source. Gain a confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of 'film adaptation' which they themselves find important. Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for screen adaptations in general and issues rising from them.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Improvement via open questions and answers, opportunity to ask the tutor questions and input regarding any material which they may wish to cover in more detail.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

No prior knowlege or specialist materials but a notebook and pen will be useful.

Reading and information sources

Whilst no pre-reading or viewing is required - content (although subject to some slight changes owing to any specific group interest) will include: Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928), Clueless (1995), Sense & Sensibility (1995), Lord of the Flies (1963), To Kill a Mocking Bird (1960), Romeo + Juliete (1996), West Side Story (1961), 10 Rillington Place (1971), Brighton Rock (1947), Jaws (1975), The Shining (1980), The Railway Children (1970), Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), Nosferatu (1922), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and an exporation of some noteworthy & some global adaptations of Wuthering Heights (1939, 1963, 1988, 1992) plus more...

What could the course lead to?

This course could lead to further study on WEA courses from Sept 2017, such as Film Studies: Iconic Fims Revisited (examining those films which are so frequently quoted or referenced, the ones we feel we are all supposed to have seen - questioning why are they held in such regard and do they stand up to their reputation?) - January 2018 - Global Trends (journey through different film movements from around the globe, from Britian, U.S, Japan, Italy, France ,Germany and beyond - the key films, the directors and question their impact/influence on cinema then & now) - April 2018 - Best of British (a journey through some classic cinema from the British Isles, considering what consitutes a 'great British film' - what were the trends, are there any common factors and are some elements forever changing when others remain the same?)

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