The British Film Industry

Ref: C2524041

This course examines films made by British studios, British producers or British directors between 1959 and 1979. Over eleven weeks, we will examine films from different genres such as ‘kitchen sink’ dramas, psychological dramas, comedy, romance, crime, ‘big screen’ cinema and horror. Films include: 'Saturday Night and Sunday Morning', 'This Sporting Life', 'Dr No'. 'A Hard Day's Nigh't, 'Alfie', 'Carry On... Up the Khyber', 'The Go-Between', 'Performance', 'If', 'Barry Lyndon', and 'The Wicker Man'. To help us analyse these films, we will examine British society, culture and politics to explore the ideas that underpin the films.

Course aim

The course examines a selection of films that were made between 1959 and1979 by British Film studios, and/or British Directors and Producers.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course is for anyone who enjoys watching and discussing films.

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

  • Confidently discuss the British Film industry.
  • Identify at least three British Studios, and discuss their production values and production genres (if applicable).
  • Confidently discuss the role of the Producer and Director.

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
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

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

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • It would be helpful to you if you could watch the films prior to each session.

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

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The British Film Industry

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