Seminar: Contemporary British Women Directors

Ref: C3744438

Through tutor presentation, notes, discussion and viewing shorts and extracts we will take a brief look at the work of Contemporary British directors like Amma Assante, Andrea Arnold, Gurinder Chadha, Carol Morley, and Lynn Ramsey while considering the significance and importance of women in the Cinema Industry. Analysis of the films will take into account representations of gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, race, class and age in films directed and often written, filmed and edited by women.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Education Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

An introduction to the films of contemporary British Women Directors like Amma Assante, Andrea Arnold, Gurinder Chadha, Carol Morley, and Lynn Ramsey.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • The course is for anyone with an interest in Contemporary Cinema.

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

  • Enjoy contemporary cinema with more knowledge of how films are made.
  • See contemporary British Women Directors in a Creative and Industrial Context.
  • Analyse how films create their meanings
  • Distinguish between the style and themes of Contemporary Directors and Director/writers.

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
  • I hope that this introductory session will encourage course members to watch and enjoy many more films.

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
  • This is only a single introductory session so feedback will be immediate and most likely in terms of questions and answers.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Paper and pen may be useful if you want to remember things but most important is an open and enquiring mind and a love of cinema.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • Just watch films and keep an eye out for new directors and new films by established directors.

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • This introductory course will, I hope, stimulate course members to watch films with pleasure and critical judgement.

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Seminar: Contemporary British Women Directors

Enrolment Conditions

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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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