What is the course about?
The British gothic cinema from the 1930s to the 1970s, the studios, stars and directors associated with its development and the way that critical responses have shaped our perceptions of the British gothic film.
What will we cover?
• The British horror and thriller film of the 1930s
• The British film noir of the 1940s
• The British horror film from the late 1950s to the early 1970s
• British horror studios, e.g., Hammer, Amicus etc.
• Critical responses to British gothic cinema.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Evaluate the British horror and thriller film of the 1930s
• Evaluate the British film noir of the 1940s
• Evaluate the development of the British horror film from the late 1950s to the early 1970s
• Identify and evaluate the contribution of key studios to the development of the British horror film (e.g., Hammer an Amicus)
• Evaluate a range of critical responses to British gothic cinema.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is suitable for all levels. It will provide an introduction to the subject but will also be useful for those wishing to build on existing knowledge.
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, group discussions. There will be no work outside the class.
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.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for more Film Studies courses under History, Language and Culture at www.citylit.ac.uk.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details