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Enjoy a fresh look at big screen classics, ground-breaking titles and cult favourites featuring a cast of iconic names, former stars and the men and women who called the shots

Study in-person, or online from the comfort of home, with classes that allow you to participate in discussions with fellow adult students and share your passion for Film as part of a learning community. We offer daytime, evening and weekend courses, both short and long. Our tutors are experts in their fields and experienced educators. Tutors share their knowledge and passion for Film through presentations, screenings, interactive discussion, analysis, and other activities.

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  1. Farewell Film Noir
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    Film noir describes a strange new mood of cynicism, darkness and disenchantment in American films during and shortly after WW2. Suddenly there was an outburst of adult, artistic maturity by emigre directors inspired by Chandler and Cain’s pulp poetry. Billy Wilder’s corrosive Double Indemnity (1944) startled Hollywood with its expressionist, existential neorealism and was nearly banned. Its popular success led to Laura (1944), Farewell My Lovely (1944) and The Postman Aways Rings Twice (1946).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Exploring film studies: a beginner's guide
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Develop your critical understanding of cinema through a range of concepts and critical approaches in the study of film, including narrative, genre, spectatorship, authorship and directors, popular cinema, art cinema, national cinema, early and silent film, along with technological developments including the transition to sound, while we view and discuss a wide range of key films as examples.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  3. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: scene by scene
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Now recognised as both a major Hitchcock work and a masterpiece in its own right, Vertigo was originally a commercial failure and largely ignored by critics. Through a close analysis of the film this course considers Vertigo's dreamlike narrative and structure, the way in which Hitchcock's applies his authorial style to highly original and absorbing effect, and the film's critical reputation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  4. Masters of Cinema: Powell and Pressburger
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    "There is not a British director, working in Britain, with as many worthwhile films to his credit as Michael Powell" wrote the film critic David Thomson. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's glorious run of movies through the 1940s was “the longest period of subversive film-making in a major studio, ever” argued Martin Scorsese. “I’m not a director with a personal style, I am simply cinema” claimed Michael Powell. During the 1940s Powell and Pressburger made nothing but masterpieces.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  5. How to read a film: a beginners' guide to cinema
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    This course will develop your critical appreciation of the cinema by teaching you how to read and understand film texts. We will look at the elements that underpin film form – narrative, mise en scène, cinematography, editing and sound – alongside its historical development. We will consider film style by exploring classical, post-classical and art cinema and we will examine influential critical modes of analysis, such as genre, authorship and spectatorship.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    85% of 100
  6. An Introduction to British Cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Defining itself around themes such as British identity and class, and against the global appeal of Hollywood, British cinema nonetheless continues to find critical and popular acclaim both domestically and internationally. Explore British cinema through concepts including national cinema, realism, documentary, art cinema, popular cinema, 'heritage' film, and critical accounts of British cinema.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  7. Bollywood women: stardom, performance and the construction of gender
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann-Marie Fleming
    Bollywood produces some of the biggest films in the world, with wide global reach and overseas markets. However, relatively little has been written about the key female stars and the changing film roles for women in Hindi cinema. Explore these key female stars and how they have made themselves distinct on film through both film narratives and performance styles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  8. Masters of cinema: the films of Luis Bunuel
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Óscar Salgado Suárez
    This course explores the immense influence of Buñuel’s films on World cinema. We will experience his visionary approach to filmmaking and storytelling by viewing and analysing his brilliant and scandalous films.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. The Godfather at 50
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 13 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    The critical and commercial success of The Godfather raised the prestige of the gangster and crime genre, but the film has also become a cultural as well as a cinematic landmark. This course explores the film's epic narrative, its reworking of a popular genre, and both its critical and cultural reputation, while also considering its production in the context of the 'new' Hollywood of the 1970s.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  10. How to read a film: a brief beginners' guide to cinema
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 19 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Cheshire
    In this online ‘study day’ split over two Saturday mornings you will be introduced to new ways of looking at film, focusing on a close reading of film form as a way of exploring the production of meaning in films.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  11. The female gaze in cinema
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mary Wild
    A guide to contemporary films directed by women, examined through a psychoanalytic lens. An opportunity to discuss the ways in which cinema can continue to evolve to more authentically depict female desire, fears and subjectivity.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  12. Film taster
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2021 offers you the chance to think about which ones to take while also providing an opportunity to explore some of the key areas in film studies more generally.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £0.00 Senior fee £0.00 Concession £0.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  13. An Introduction to Art Cinema
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Establishing itself in the immediate post-war period, initially in Europe and later in world cinemas, art cinema is characterised by distinctive film styles and narrative structures that set it apart from popular forms of cinematic practice and representation. This course will consider its origins and development, its key films and filmmakers, and critical accounts of the concept art of cinema.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  14. Masters of cinema: Steve McQueen
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 2 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    This course will explore the work of the Turner prize winning artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen. Awarded an Oscar in 2014 for his film, 12 Years a Slave, McQueen has been producing politically and racially committed artworks and films since the early 1990s. His most recent project, the five film Small Axe (2020) was broadcast on the BBC amid increasing recognition that racial prejudice for Britain’s ethnic minorities remains as prevalent today as it was half a century ago. This course will examine McQueen’s work as a response to and an engagement with these experiences.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  15. An Introduction to the horror film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    This course explores the horror film through a range of key themes, concepts and critical accounts of the genre. In doing so it will consider areas such as silent horror cinema, the classic Universal cycle of films, Hammer films, the modern American horror film, European and East Asian horror cinema, developments in the contemporary horror film, and the genre's leading films and filmmakers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00

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