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Our film and media courses include: film studies with courses as diverse as music in film, what makes a film ‘iconic’ and looking at particular genres or actors. Practical film making courses include: screenwriting, producing, directing and shooting your own short films or documentaries.

Award Winning Films Revisited View details

A selection of films which won and those which could’ve won – we reconsider the guiding factors, revisit the films and dare to review the judges’ decision. We also ask just why the Academy Awards are called the ‘Oscars’? Also BAFTA, Palme d’Or and more, are some films more likely to win depending on the event?

Britain in Film View details

The course will examine a range of films depicting Britain and the lives of its people from the work of the Documentary Movement in the 1930s to more recent explorations of the subject. The course will include both documentary and narrative films and will examine the ways in which film makers have responded to the massive cultural and social changes that have transformed British life over the last 100 years. We will consider such topics as the cultural and historical contexts of films, the techniques used by filmmakers to convey their themes, the role of film in stimulating public debate and the creative use of archive material.

British Cinema of the 60's View details

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.

British Films and Directors View details

The course will concentrate on three key areas of British film: The epic cinema of the 1930s/40s and later, to include the output of producer Alexander Korda (The Private Life of Henry VIII), films by director Michael Powell (Red Shoes), to current works like Dunkirk and The Darkest Hour Documentary and Realism, from early films commissioned by the Post Office, the Coal Board (Nightmail et al), through to the kitchen sink dramas of the early 1960s (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey) and the later works of Ken Loach et al Modern British cinema: Themes and Attitudes - a look at how successfully (or otherwise) it reflects the concerns of different sections of British society and how it sees our future as a nation

British Films of the 1960's View details

The 60s were an exciting time for the British cinema. We will be viewing and discussing a variety of films which in some sense characterise the times. The course will include not just 'revolutionary' movies such as 'Saturday Night & Sunday Morning' but also the first of the Bond films, the historical classic 'A Man for All Seasons', and the first Beatles first film 'A Hard Day's Night'. Our examination of these entertaining movies will provide insight into the state of society, their source materials and its attitudes as well as the skill of the film makers.

Christmas Films View details

The course will initially aim to define what constitutes a Christmas film. It will look at the origins of the genre, starting with the Hollywood films of the 1930s and '40s and will include a number that have been forgotten over the years but deserve an audience today. It will then look at more modern films from the 1980s onwards, mostly from Hollywood, many reviving Dickens' Christmas Carol, and examine how they relate to a post-war society, generally more affluent, but with new challenges, fears and aspirations. Finally it will look at Christmas-themed films from other countries, including a number from the UK, but also examining product from France, Spain, Russia and elsewhere.

Comedy in Film View details

The course will look at the various forms of comedy shown in various films. These will focus on: 1. Physical comedy (from silent slapstick, through to Jacques Tati and on to more contemporary examples) 2. Social satire - how comedy has been used to lampoon certain social types or to show up contemporary issues in a different and often irreverent light 3. The Hollywood 'screwball' comedies of the 1930s/40s, what they said about the aspirations of the time and how they have influenced contemporary romcoms 4. Sex comedies, from exploitation through to new ways of looking at sexual relationships in both heterosexual and gay communities 5. The absurd and beyond - how 'unreality' is shown in such works and how they reflect on contemporary society

Comedy in Film View details

The course will look at the various forms of comedy shown in various films. These will focus on: 1. Physical comedy (from silent slapstick, through to Jacques Tati and on to more contemporary examples) 2. Social satire - how comedy has been used to lampoon certain social types or to show up contemporary issues in a different and often irreverent light 3. The Hollywood 'screwball' comedies of the 1930s/40s, what they said about the aspirations of the time and how they have influenced contemporary romcoms 4. Sex comedies, from exploitation through to new ways of looking at sexual relationships in both heterosexual and gay communities 5. The absurd and beyond - how 'unreality' is shown in such works and how they reflect on contemporary society

Dream Girls and Handsome Heroes View details

After WWII, when many went to the cinema once a week, film stars imperceptably became part of our lives. Their screen image was created by the studios to capture the public imagination, and stars became style icons and role models. Via clips from American and British films (plus the odd Continental surprise) we'll investigate why these 'dream girls and handsome heroes' still retain their fascination today.

Dreamworks: The Magical World of Cinema View details

Cinema is a unique and universal medium which has shaped the world's collective imagination. In this lively and friendly course, we'll meet at the innovative New Park Cinema to watch, discuss, analyse, appreciate and ultimately celebrate all aspects of films and film-making. Everyone welcome.