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Film & Media Courses

Introduction to Film Studies (Short Course)

Do you want to know more about cinema? Using various films as examples, such as Metropolis (1927) and The Help (2011) this introductory course focuses on costuming, lighting, sound and narrative. This course aims to widen students’ understanding of contemporary film studies. Students will watch a range of films, be introduced to aspects of current film theory and relate these to issues affecting today’s society. There will also be an opportunity to develop skills such as script writing.

Film and Nostalgia: Representations of History

Why are so many films set in the past? This course, studying a number of costume dramas, considers how we construct, remember and represent the past, and how films help to forge a sense of national identity. Films, such as Goodbye Lenin! (2003) and The King’s Speech (2010), will be studied in depth. Sessions build on students’ ability to think critically, as well as teach them about contemporary film studies and ideas of heritage, national identity and nostalgia.

World Cinemas: Exploring Race, Class and Gender

An introduction to representations of race, class and gender in World Cinemas. We will examine films from countries as diverse as France, Colombia and Germany – such as Potiche (2010), Maria Full of Grace (2004) and The Edge of Heaven (2007. Students will then be able to relate common themes to current social trends in a range of contemporary societies. This course aims to widen students’ cultural knowledge and will teach them about contemporary film studies and current global issues.

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A History of German Film

Uncover a historical journey of Germany’s past through the lens of the camera. From the early silent films in the 1920s (where Germany was arguably the country with the best film-makers in the world), to Leni Riefenstahl’s propaganda films of Nazi Germany. From the New German Cinema film-makers who rebelled against their Nazi forefathers in the 1960s and 70s, to contemporary German cinema exploring immigration and Germany’s place in a global world. This course provides an insight into a century of German film history.

Brazil: Through the Eyes of the Camera

As Brazil takes its place among upcoming world powers, all eyes are on its culture and peoples. Brazilian culture, rich with its European, African and indigenous backgrounds, provides interesting food for thought. We look at how several internationally well-received films from Brazil, such as Vidas Secas (1963), Central Station (1998) and City of God (2002), reflect the cultural tensions that this country’s history has created.

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An Introduction to Script Writing Workshop (One day course)

Learn the basics of script writing and develop your story into a short film script!