Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man at 50

Course Dates: 12/03/23 - 19/03/23
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
Location: Online
Explore two landmark British horror films, originally released together as a double bill, one a gothic psychological work, the other a key example of British 'folk horror' cinema. Looking at a range of key scenes from each of the films, we will assess their critical reception and status in British horror cinema, while considering their enduring popularity with both critics and audiences alike.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HF186

Sun, day, 12 Mar - 19 Mar '23

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course explores Don't Look Now (Nic Roeg, 1973) and The Wicker Man (Robin Hardy, 1973) as major works in British horror cinema. We will look at their productions, release (initially, as a double bill), and critical receptions, while also considering the ways in which the films function as horror cinema (the 'gothic' and 'folk horror'). In addition, we will examine the films' exalted status amongst audiences and critics as both horror classics and cult favourites.

The tutor will provide notes for the course and advise on further reading and viewing.

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?

• The production and release of Don't Look Now and The Wicker Man
• Narratives and themes
• Critical receptions and critical accounts of the films
• Don't Look Now, The Wicker Man and horror cinema (the 'gothic' and 'folk horror')
• Don't Look Now, The Wicker Man, audiences and fans.

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

• Describe the films' productions and release
• Describe and assess the films' narratives and themes
• Evaluate a range of critical responses to, and accounts of, the films
• Evaluate the as examples of British horror cinema
• Describe and evaluate the films' popular appeal and critical standing.

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 but this is not essential.

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

You will require a pen and paper (or laptop/device) but the tutor will provide all other materials such as handouts, digital materials, etc. 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 other Film Studies courses at, Culture and Writing/Film Studies.

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.