British Film and Directors

Ref: C2341041

The course will examine British cinema by examining films over the years in the following categories: The history film – how it has celebrated British achievement but also criticised social conventions British comedy – from the early days of physical comedy through to the use of satire and the absurd British thrillers – how attitudes towards authority have changed and the hero has become compromised Class – how rigidly class structures were once defined and how they were later challenged The generation gap – how both youth and the elderly have been portrayed and how later films have challenged the conventions The contribution of other cultures (especially from the West Indies, India and Pakistan) Women in British film – how the role of women has changed from housekeeper and mother through to wage-earner and ultimately creator in a position of power

Course aim

To identify the unique quality of British film and to explore how different films have depicted key aspects of British life, culture and values over a period of some 100 years.

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:

  • appreciate the range of British films
  • recognise how British film has a unique identity in World cinema
  • appreciate the talents of British actors, directors and other members of the crew
  • appreciate how influences from other countries have fed into British film
  • how women and people from other cultures have established their place in contemporary British cinema

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 share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • 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
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information

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British Film and Directors

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