Introduction to British Cinema

Ref: C2420726

We will study British cinema through a wide range of extracts. The course will enable students to discuss and analyse examples from film history and contemporary cinema. We will consider what these films represent for different audiences, and how critics have responded. We will discuss questions of identity, culture and film as an art form.

Course aim

Using a wide range of extracts, we will study how key British films were created and what they mean for the audience. We will consider the context in which these films were made, and how they may be interpreted in different ways.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course will provide opportunities to discuss any experience the students already have in thinking about British cinema.

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

  • Identify the use of film form in key British films.
  • Understand selected British films in relation to their social and historical context.
  • Apply key terms from film theory to a wide selection of extracts from British cinema.
  • Analyse the role of the director and the influence of genre on British films.
  • Discuss and analyse how the British film industry works and how audiences respond.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Students simply need to bring pen and paper. Further viewing and reading material will be recommended, but this will not be compulsory.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • 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
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • The course is not designed to lead to job opportunities, but it could be helpful in developing communication skills and knowledge relevant to the film industry.

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Introduction to British Cinema

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Conditions

This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • 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
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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