Film Studies: Into the Wild – Cinema Escapes into the Great Outdoors

Ref: C3678473

Exploring the various ways in which cinema portrays the 'great outdoors' when it takes audiences into the wild. From outsiders treading into the wilderness on 'great escapes' or journeys of discovery to stories concering the lives of those in remote and/or wild locations, cinema often captivates us most when it ups sticks and tells a tale set somewhere far removed from bustling cities or familar small town streets. This course explores the portrayal of such wilderness locations and those who both dwell within and venture into them. Fargo (1996) Wild (2014) Leave No Trace (2018) Winter's Bone (2010) Deliverence (1972) I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) and more...

Course aim

A friendly and accessible course, exploring works under the theme of cinema's escapes into the great outdoors, remote locations and 'the wilderness' - increasing students' knowledge, understanding and appreciation of cinema in general.

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:
  • 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: and
  • 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:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge, fresh appreciation & understanding of what constitutes a cinematic work,performance or style relating to the theme into the wild.
  • Analyse, comment on and/or review a film, a performance or production relating to the theme of into the wild.
  • Apply my knowledge and experience to express my own informed opinion when commenting on a film containing a style or content relating to the theme of into the wild.
  • Describe the subject area and in particular any aspects a film representing the course theme which they themselves find important.
  • Discuss my motivation & enthusiasm for film and cinema in general and issues arising relating to the course theme.

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:
  • 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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • A note book and pen may be useful!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • There is no strict requirement to pre-watch before the course starts but it may help to know that films covered will include: Fargo (1996) Wild (2014) Leave No Trace (2018) Winter's Bone (2010) Deliverence (1972) I Know Where I'm Going! (1945) and more...

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • 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
  • Ask tutor abour further courses - and a certificate of completion.

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Film Studies: Into the Wild – Cinema Escapes into the Great Outdoors

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