Britain in Film

Ref: C2226585

The course will examine a range of films depicting Britain and the lives of its people from the work of the Documentary Movement in the 1930s to more recent explorations of the subject. The course will include both documentary and narrative films and will examine the ways in which film makers have responded to the massive cultural and social changes that have transformed British life over the last 100 years. We will consider such topics as the cultural and historical contexts of films, the techniques used by filmmakers to convey their themes, the role of film in stimulating public debate and the creative use of archive material.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 31/10/2019

Course aim

A look at Britain and the lives of its people through the eyes of a range of film makers. The main purpose is to highlight the narrative and stylistic techniques used by filmmakers to explore social and cultural issues in Britain.

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:

  • Describe three key element relating to the cultural context of film.
  • Explain 3 key aspects relating to the narrative and stylistic techniques used by filmmakers to develop their themes.
  • Explain how the moving image can be used as a vehicle of communication.

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?

  • All materials will be provided

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • 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

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Britain in Film


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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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