Film Studies: Best of British?

Ref: C3671406

Britain has produced some screen classics over the years, from the early days of silent pictures to more recent times. We examine what it takes to be ‘Best of British’. Exploring the films, the directors, the studios, the stars, the differing approaches and examining the common factors - what are the ingredients for a Great British film? Are there any? Are there some forgotten contenders for 'Best of British' which are already slipping by the wayside? Whilst some factors may constantly change, do others remain resolutely the same - why?

Course aim

This course allows students to explore various examples of 'British Film' - some well known and some less - increasing their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of 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:

  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitues a film to be 'Best of British'.
  • Gain specific knowledge, understanding and practical skills to be able to analyse, comment on and/or review an example of British cinema.
  • Be able to draw from one's own knowledge and experience in expressing informed opinions when commenting on a British film.
  • Gain confidence in discussing the subject area and in particular any aspects of British cinema which one finds important.
  • Develop a motivation & enthusiasm for British film in general and issues rising from it.

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • A pen and note pad/book will prove useful.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • The tutor will issue a 'screening list'/ running order prior to the course start date (available on request).

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
  • Could help to ground the participant with skills & knowledge relevant to employment/F.E/H.E education application. Please ask tutor about Certificate of Completetion/Attendance.

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Film Studies: Best of British?


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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