What is the course about?
This course coincides with the wave of new films released for the awards season. Watch, discuss and debate the artistry behind current films being released, talked about and enjoyed. We will discuss and compile our own top ten best films list as a guide to the current state of the contemporary cinema. This is a forum, a centre for social networking, news, and conversation — plus wonderful films to watch and enjoy.
John Wischmeyer (MA in Film Theory) set up, ran and programmed his own cinema in West London and has since taught film studies at the former Gainsborough studio, the BFI and City Lit since 1999, Hitchcock’s centenary year. John has covered a wide range film topics under the banner ‘Cinema Investigates America’ and has a particular interest in and considerable knowledge of Hitchcock, Hollywood studios, American independent cinema and film noir, film technique and style.
What will we cover?
How does the class list agree with/differ from the nominated awards choices?
What were the best films of the year in the context of the history of the cinema?
Do awards have any value?
Discuss the differences between mainstream or arthouse independents?
Discussion of new viewing trends - the cinema or online?
Which films were under the radar?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
compile a list of the Best Films of the Year after informed discussion and debate
research the work of the directors of these films for shared themes and motifs
discuss and analyse the current state of the cinema.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
From beginner to advanced, this is course designed for all levels to examine, and enjoy, contemporary cinema. It does not require any previous film study or special skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Opening lecture & presentation with film extracts chosen to stimulate discussion, insights, and knowledge exchange.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
A pen and a notebook for notes. There no other costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please check the film section in our prospectus or on our website: www.citylit.ac.uk under History, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.