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Film Studies Courses
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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.

Check out our blog post on our new Cultureplex Ciné-Club, where once a week, for 12 weeks (and throughout the academic year in terms 2 and 3), we will watch and discuss film.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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. Film Studies Taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Dec 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    This taster of forthcoming film courses at City Lit in 2023 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.



    Learn how to evaluate and discuss films while enjoying a working example of a City Lit film studies class.



    We will view clips from a wide variety of films, exploring themes and technique in British cinema and modern American cinema. There will be a chance to review term two film courses at City Lit (January - July 2023).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. How to Read a Film: A Beginners' Guide to Cinema
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    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 £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  3. An Introduction to the American Horror Film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Once a minor genre, the American horror film is now a major presence in popular cinema. This course explores its history and development from the late silent and early sound eras to the present day, taking in its key films, their themes, and the studios and filmmakers behind the films, while also considering a range of critical responses and ways of conceptualising the American horror film.



    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 £64.00
  4. British Cinema of the 1980s: From My Beautiful Laundrette to Withnail and I
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mick McAloon
    In spite of Margaret Thatcher’s hostility towards the British film industry, the 1980s was an incredibly fertile period for British cinema. This online course explores the era’s defining films, including Meantime (Leigh 1983), My Beautiful Laundrette (Frears 1985), and Withnail and I (Robinson 1987), and its most influential filmmakers (Alan Clarke, Derek Jarman, Stephen Frears, Mike Leigh) and considers the socio-cultural influences at work.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  5. From Film Noir to Realism: Hollywood in the 1940s
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Dominating Hollywood style in the 1940s, the film noir includes thrillers, horror films, westerns and melodramas, but the industry was also producing 'social problem' and semi-documentary films during this period as part of an emerging realist cinema. Explore these and other developments in Hollywood as it adjusted its operations in the face of changing social, economic and political conditions.



    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 £38.00
  6. The Legacy of Lord Reith: The BBC and Public Service Broadcasting
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Rixon
    This two-week course explores John Reith’s role in helping to set up the British Broadcasting Company (1922) and its transformation into the British Broadcasting Corporation (1927) as well as his ideas relating to what contribution broadcasting should make to national life. We will reflect on how influential his ideas of public service have been for British Broadcasting, as well as other national systems around the world, and how important they might still be in the digital age.



    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 £38.00
  7. Masters of Cinema: Paolo Sorrentino
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Graham Rinaldi
    “Everything's important in a film, not just the shots. Even the sound man's mood or the quality of the catering.” Explore the virtuosic, melancholic cinema of Paolo Sorrentino from his early hypnotic and claustrophobic The Consequences of Love (2004) through his grandiose award winning The Great Beauty (2013) to his most personal and recent work, The Hand of God (2021).



    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 £38.00
  8. From Page to Screen: Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ellen Cheshire
    They say ‘never judge a book, by its movie’. In this spooky Halloween inspired double bill we will explore two classic Gothic novels Frankenstein (1818, Mary Shelley) which could also be considered one of the first science-fiction novels and The Phantom of the Opera (1910, Gaston Leroux). We will have a look at how these two novels have been translated from page to screen by various filmmakers from the past 100 years or so of filmmaking.



    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 £38.00
  9. Aliens, melodrama and the family: Hollywood in the 1950s
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 9 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Explore Hollywood cinema in the 1950s, a period marked by the demise of the studio system and the growing power of independent producers. We will consider a range of issues, including the emergence of new genres in response to contemporary anxieties, and the 'upscaling' of established genres as Hollywood attempted to counter the challenge presented by television and the demands of new audiences.



    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 £38.00
  10. A critical history of American television
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Rixon
    This online course explores the development of television in America, focusing on the role of the main national commercial networks which emerged with the development of radio. The course will look at the power struggles which occurred between the networks, the sponsors (advertisers) and the Hollywood studios as each vied to take advantage of this new medium. The course will also reflect on key moments in the history of American television which have been viewed by some as golden ages.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
  11. An Introduction to the British Horror Film
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    Emerging fully only in the second half of the 1950s, the British horror film was initially characterised by Hammer's striking productions, but other producers and styles soon became part of a British horror boom. Explore the British horror film, from its origins in the 1930s and 1940s to its heyday in the 1950s and 1960s and beyond, while considering both its critical and popular reception.



    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 £64.00
  12. Transformation in the 'New' Hollywood: 1967 - 1977
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jon Wisbey
    By the second half of the 1960s 'old' Hollywood had fragmented and a new generation of studio heads and filmmakers had set the industry on a different course in which 'blockbuster' and 'event' films, along with more personal auteurist projects, came to typify production. Explore the 'new' Hollywood, the films and filmmakers behind it, and the innovations that shaped this key moment of change.



    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 £38.00
  13. Christmas at the cinema: holiday favourites
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  John Wischmeyer
    A Christmas cracker filled with seasonal films, a carefully-curated cornucopia celebrating the genre and style of the Christmas movie with clips of classics and hidden gems: Scrooge as a film noir, the old Covent Garden open Every Day Except Christmas; and a grown man dressed as an Elf (Jon Favreau 2003). Full of delights, discussions and a quiz or two.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. The Golden Age of British TV: 1955 - 1980;
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Rixon
    This course explores a golden age in British television which ran from the 1950s until the early 1980s, when acclaimed anthology series appeared, which came to attract both critical and popular praise. This included series such as Play for Today and plays such as Cathy Come Home (1966) and Rumpole of the Baily (1975). The course will reflect on the form of these anthology plays, why many thought they were part of a golden age of British television and why they eventually disappeared.



    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 £64.00
  15. World cinema
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Paul Sutton
    Have you ever wondered what lies beyond Hollywood? Are you interested in films from across the globe? Then this six-week introductory course is for you. We will consider alternative cinemas to the dominant North American industry and will focus each week on a selection of illustrative films from movie producing continents such as India, Asia, South America and Africa.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00

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