Behind You!! British Film Comedy with Norwich WEA

Ref: C2227534

Banish the looming winter blues with this joyous celebration and exploration of the films that have tickled the British funny bone, and discover what they tell us about the country's psyche! Beginning with the weird and wacky world of early British silent film, this course will discover the extent to which the genre has its roots in pantomime and how music hall stars like George Formby and Will Hay kept the British end up during World War Two. It will then examine the sophisticated satire of the Ealing comedies, the saucy innuendo of the Carry On films, the surrealism of Monty Python and how transferring television comedy to the big screen saved the British film industry in the 1970s. Finally, it will explore recent developments like the Transatlantic romances of Richard Curtis, the "Silver Pound" comedies and ask if there are new directions for the British film comedy - or is it just more of the same? Warning: this course contains bad language and nudity (and that's just the tutor!).

Additional information about this course

No skills or experience needed

Course aim

To provide an amusing overview of British film comedy and how it reflected changes in society.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This course is for a group of around 15 students studying in a live video-learning platform conference and an online digital learning environment platform from the comfort of your own home.
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify the "key films" of British film comedy.
  • Define the different types of British film comedy.
  • Place the films within a social and political context.
  • Describe the differences between and "Ealing comedy" and a "Carry On" film.
  • Determine the differences - and similarities - when transferring television comedy to the big screen.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • 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
  • Please be aware that I will try to make the resources on Canvas as fun as possible!

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • Your tutor will provide written, text and audio feedback recorded in WEA Canvas, WEA’s digital learning platform.
  • You will be able to keep a digital portfolio of your work on WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas.
  • 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?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • You will have access to course resources and links to wider learning through the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Suggested pre-course viewing: No Limit (1935); Band Waggon (1939); The Goose Steps Out (1942); Passport to Pimlico (1949); Doctor in the House (1954); Carry On Doctor (1968); Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979); A Fish Called Wanda (1988); Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994); Calendar Girls (2003);

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Behind You!! British Film Comedy with Norwich WEA

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • 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 2020
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

Not sure or have further questions? Contact courseenquiries@wea.org.uk

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