Christmas Films

Ref: C2342505

Christmas films as we recognise them really started in 1930s Hollywood, when the US was starting to emerge from the Great Depression. How did these films reflect, or distract, from the concerns of the time? More recently Christmas films have sponsored the idea of redemption, how an unpleasant, even vindictive, character is converted by the spirit of Christmas. And what about other cultures? Many films from overseas are less concerned with celebration than an examination of family tensions, where old resentments can be brought into the open and brought to a climax. From comedy to drama Christmas films can offer far more than cheap sentimentality. Hopefully, those who attend this course will discover films that will surprise and excite.

Course aim

The session aims to look at the range of Christmas films, from the early Hollywood days, through to known Christmas favourites, and will include examples from other cultures, where stories are often more examinations of family and cultural tensions.

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:

  • State at least 2 themes played out in Christmas films
  • List at least 3 elements of the craft that goes into a successful Christmas film
  • Describe how other cultures share the same concerns and joys as we do, though their societies may feel unfamiliar

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
  • All materials will be provided

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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Christmas Films

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