British Cinema of the 60's

Ref: C3530598

The course will explore how film developed as an industry and an art form in the United Kingdom in the course of the ‘long 60s’. This will be carried out with a focus upon the work of six directors, native to Britain or resident here during the period. Films will be studied in relation to the general context of the changing culture of Britain in the period.

Additional information about this course

NB No fee waiver is available on this course. There is no session on 31st Oct

Course aim

This course explores the work of six directors who made films of lasting national and international significance during the golden age of the British film industry, the 1960s.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • understand the artistic, technical and economic dimensions of the different stages in the film production process as developed in the UK film industry during the period
  • discuss film in the light of critical ideas such as narrative structure, genre and representation; and artistic and technical matters such as story, theme, mis en scene, acting, camera work, editing and sound
  • understand the relationship between film production and its context
  • use the idea of film as a ‘language’ as a means of carrying out close reading and general criticism of films

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • At the start of the course, in order to give students the opportunity to view films in advance of each session, a list of directors and each week's featured film will be made available to students.

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 Cinema of the 60's


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
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