British Gothic Cinema

Course Dates: 27/11/21 - 04/12/21
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Explore British gothic cinema from its origins in low budget chillers of the 1930s and dark noirs of the 1940s, to its golden age from the 1950s to the 1970s through the films produced by studios such as Hammer, Amicus and others. We will consider a range of films and discuss their style, themes and critical reception, along with issues such as the films' cultural context and censorship.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HF187

Sat, day, 27 Nov - 04 Dec '21

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course looks at the development of the British gothic film, from its origins in the 1930s and 40s to its 'golden age' from the 1950s to the 70s, with a particular focus on films produced by Hammer, Amicus and other studios. It also explores the critical and cultural reception of the British gothic film.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• British gothic chillers of the 1930s
• British gothic noirs of the 1940s
• The British gothic horror films from the 1950s to the 1970s
• Film style and themes in British gothic cinema
• Studios/producers associated with the British gothic cinema (e.g., Hammer, Amicus etc.)
• The critical and cultural reception of British gothic cinema

We will be looking at extracts from a range of films, including the following: The Ghoul (1933), Gaslight (1940), Dead of Night (1945), Night of the Demon (1957), The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), Dracula (1958), The Innocents (1961), From Beyond the Grave (1974).

A full list of the films featured on the course will be made available at the start of the course. Please note that prior viewing of films is not required. The tutor will provide reading/notes to accompany the course along with details of further reading.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Identify and assess British gothic and thriller films of the 1930s
• Identify and assess British gothic noirs of the 1940s
• Assess and describe the development of the British gothic film from the 1950s to the 1970s
• Assess and describe film style and themes in British gothic cinema
• Identify studios/producers associated with the British gothic cinema (e.g., Hammer, Amicus etc.)
• Assess and describe The critical and cultural reception of British gothic cinema.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is suitable for all levels and you do not require any particular skills - just an enthusiasm for film and discussing film. The course will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge in the subject area.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Screenings of extracts from films, talks by the tutor, reading materials, small and large group discussions. It might also be a good idea to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see the reading and films mentioned above) but this is not essential.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

You will require a pen and notepad (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials. The tutor will show extracts from films and you do not have to obtain them.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for more Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at

Jon Wisbey

Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.