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Throughout our film classes, you'll learn about all aspects of the film industry, including how films generate meaning and how actors and producers contribute to them. From cult classics to modern day blockbusters, you鈥檒l be immersed in the world of cinematography.  

Our specialised film tutors will discuss up-to-date trends in the industry, empowering you to develop a broad set of 台湾swag. You鈥檒l build your awareness of the evolution of film history as an art form and business too, charting the development of film and television through the ages. 

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Film & Media: Deciphering the news

People鈥檚 main source of news used to be newspapers. Then along came radio. Then television. Then even more television. Then social media 鈥 Facebook, Twitter (now known as X), Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube. Even if you don鈥檛 subscribe to any of these platforms, the noise they generate finds its way into the media you do consume. There is no escape. How do you make sense of it all? How do you sift truth from disinformation and misinformation? What鈥檚 in it for the people telling you the news? Come and join retired BBC Journalist Andrew Vincent for an exciting course full of debate! Set in a relaxed environment with others and led by Andrew who will ensure a fantastic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Mark's Methodist Church (Cheltenham)
Gloucester Road
Cheltenham
GL51 8PX
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014032
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢33.60

Film & Media: Why the Western film genre endures

This one-day session offers an insightful exploration into the evolution and enduring appeal of the Western genre. Through a variety of compelling examples, participants will delve into the dynamic transformations and enduring themes that have shaped Western storytelling. From its historical roots to contemporary adaptations, the course highlights how the Western genre continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Through discussions and analyses, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the genre's evolution and its ongoing resonance in modern storytelling.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 14/05/2024 -
Tue 14/05/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Norwich Millennium Library (Norwich)
Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW
Tutor:
James Clarke
Course code:
Q00015019
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢30.00

Film & Media: Lost in Translation Revisited: Mental Health Awareness Week

With an awareness of Mental Health week, this one-off session revisits Sofia Coppola鈥檚 2003 film Lost in Translation. A film initially praised by critics yet one which divided audiences. In more recent the years the film has attracted some renewed prise for drawing attention to issues such as feelings of isolation and loneliness, some may also argue the film presents several cases toward the need for calm in a chaotic modern world. We revisit Lost in Translation, away from the hype we take time to examine some of the more mental well-being based themes and also take time to re-evaluate the film in general.

Course Information

Dates:
Wed 15/05/2024 -
Wed 15/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00015138
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢7.40

Film & Media: The Third Man- Film and Literature Day School

Embark on a journey into the heart of classic noir with our Film Noir Day featuring Carol Reed's cinematic masterpiece, "The Third Man," based on Graham Greene's original screenplay/novella. Delve into the post-war shadows of Vienna as protagonist Holly Martins navigates a web of intrigue and deception in search of his elusive friend, Harry Lime. Experience Greene's gripping narrative brought to life through Reed's atmospheric direction and the haunting zither score. Join us for a day of suspense and mystery, where timeless storytelling and unforgettable characters converge in a dark symphony of cinematic brilliance. Don't miss this immersive cinematic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 25/05/2024 -
Sat 25/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Disley Methodist Church (Disley)
70 Buxton Road
Disley
SK12 2EY
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014203
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
5 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢23.10

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Film & Media: 5 Forgotten Classics from Ealing & Gainsborough

Exploring five arguably lesser known classics produced by British film studios Ealing and would be 鈥榬ivals鈥 Gainsborough, both stalwarts of 1940s and early 1950s cinema. Ealing Studios are still renown for their many now classic comedies produced throughout the 1940s and into the 50s but perhaps the repeated focus on the same films has lead to other equally remarkable classics from their own studio becoming overshadowed. Likewise, a repeated focus on Ealing Studios has perhaps stolen praise from other British studio of the era Gainsborough. This course aims to reinvestigate some of these 鈥榝orgotten鈥 classics.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013795
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢37.00

Film & Media: Dark and Deadly 鈥 An Introduction to Film Noir

What is 鈥淔ilm Noir鈥? It is arguably the most influential American film genre of the 1940s: a dark, sordid and cynical world providing an alternative to the prevailing Hollywood glamour. From hapless antiheroes to dangerous dames, this informal course will explore the archetypes, themes and style of noir. Among the films to be examined include The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past and Touch of Evil. This is a course for anyone who has wondered what the term 鈥淔ilm Noir鈥 means and wants to discover more!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Norwich Millennium Library (Norwich)
Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW
Tutor:
Nigel Herwin
Course code:
Q00015250
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢33.60

Film & Media: 5 Wonders of Modern French Cinema

Immerse yourself in the five film wonders of French cinema, deepening your knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of 21st-century international filmmaking. Discover the magic of these cinematic gems and broaden your love for the art of film.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00009763
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
8 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢37.00

Film & Media: Film, Camera, Action! A walk through some of London鈥檚 film locations

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! We will walk from Victory Arch, Waterloo station, to the MI6 building in Vauxhall, stopping to consider a variety of places used as film locations and settings. The aim is to share knowledge about the production background and what these locations contribute to the storyline, atmosphere and style of each film. We will consider a range of films including The Bourne Ultimatum, A United Kingdom, Alfie, Trainspotting, and Skyfall.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 08/06/2024 -
Sat 08/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting point: Victory Arch (London)
Waterloo Station,
Waterloo Road,South Bank
London
SE1 8SW
Tutor:
Daniel Williams
Course code:
Q00014763
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢10.00

Film and Media: Special Effects in the Movies

Since the very earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have pushed technological developments in the industry through their desire to put the impossible on screen, giving audiences the opportunity to marvel at seemingly death-defying feats and depictions of sheer otherworldly imagination. Over five weeks we鈥檒l pull back the curtain to make an in-depth study of over a century of special effects creativity in cinema, from the earliest simple trick shots to cutting-edge computer-generated images, from miniature cities, giant apes, animated antics, spaceships, and skeletons to digitally de-aged actors. The course makes use of a wide variety of clips and stills from classic and recent cinema and some overlooked masterpieces.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 10/06/2024 -
Mon 08/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Christopher Budd
Course code:
Q00015136
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢37.00

Film & Media: Second Look Latin American Cinema

Part 2 of a brief introduction to the rich cinema of Latin America. It gives you an opportunity to explore the rich film industries of Latin America whose influence on world cinema is bigger than you may have thought despite decades of political turmoil, in some cases heavy censorship, and the influence of its Northern neighbour, Hollywood. This half-day course will focus on the international resurgence of Latin American Cinema since the 1990s, including New Mexican Cinema, the works of Latin American auteurs like active in the US and Europe like Walter Salles and Alfonso Cuar贸n.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 20/06/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00014290
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to 拢11.10