World Film Studies

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  1. Japan at the pictures
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jean-Baptiste de Vaulx
    This course will introduce you to the cinema of Japan, one of the world’s most important national cinemas. It will introduce you to films by major Japanese directors, such as Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Kitano. It will also explore the aesthetics of these films, situating them within their broader historical, cultural, critical and industrial contexts. It will also look at the functioning of genre and the peculiarities of the star system within Japanese filmmaking.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  2. Modern Chinese cinemas: from Wong Kar-wai to Hou Hsiao-hsien
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 27 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jean-Baptiste de Vaulx
    This course examines a range of filmmakers and movements within the various threads making up Chinese cinemas: from Mainland China (directors such as Zhang Yimou and Jia Zhangke), Hong Kong (Wong Kar-wai and Ann Hui), Taiwan (Edward Yang and Hou Hsiao-hsien), Malaysia, and Singapore. Historical context and critical perspectives will also be covered to shed light on Chinese cinemas.



    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 £84.00
  3. Iranian cinema: Abbas Kiarostami
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jean-Baptiste de Vaulx
    In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami became celebrated and championed internationally, at film festivals, by film critics, on the arthouse cinema circuits. He came to be seen as a director who had revitalised international cinema – Jean-Luc Godard famously quipped that “cinema began with D.W. Griffith and ends with Kiarostami.” Yet, despite all this international acclaim, the deep Iranian roots of Kiarostami remain often misunderstood or even ignored. This course shall cover the long and rich career of Kiarostami, one inevitably formed by an Iranian context and set of cultural references, and closely examine the different phases of his work, the recurring stylistic and thematic concerns, and his trajectory from little-known Iranian filmmaker to global auteur director.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
  4. An introduction to Japanese anime: history, genres and authors
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cristina Massaccesi
    What is anime? What are the artistic and narrative features that make these films so instantly recognizable? This one-day film course will provide an overview of the history of Japanese animation cinema, its inextricable links with manga and its multi-faceted and varied productions that range from children’s films to genres such as cyberpunk and yaoi. During the course, we will watch and discuss clips from a variety of production companies and directors, such as Haya Miyazaki, the Studio Ghibli and Katsuhiro Otomo.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  5. Post-colonial cinemas 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jean-Baptiste de Vaulx
    This module will examine a crucially important but often neglected area of film history, namely the responses to and against colonialist legacy made by many different strands of filmmaking around the world. We will analyse and discuss examples of filmmaking through the lens of postcolonial theory, covering specific films from Africa, the Arab World, the Philippines, the Caribbean and South Asian diasporas in Britain, Argentina, and Hong Kong.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  6. World cinema 2: Diaspora
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Jan 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Gillian McIver
    This online film course follows on from Introduction to World Cinema. Like the first course, it will introduce you to filmmaking nations that are often less visible than Hollywood and the larger European film industries. The course will introduce the idea of ‘Diaspora Cinema’ (also known as Diasporic Cinema), that is, films made by filmmakers that are part of a cultural diaspora.



    Diasporic cinema refers to the production of films by any community of exiles or immigrants who have left their native country and live and work in another. It encompasses a wide range of genres, sub-genres, and themes within film studies.



    A 'diasporic' film is not the property of a single culture, but mediates in at least two ways. It explains the interaction between different loci of knowledge, exposing cinema's synthesis of expression and creating new types of information.



    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 £84.00
  7. Introduction to Egyptian and Arab cinema
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Feb 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gillian McIver
    Are you curious about world cinema? Do you want to learn more about a dynamic but often neglected region of cinema culture – the Arab world? This course will introduce you to some of the classic films of the of the Egyptian cinema and its stars like Omar Sharif, including The Land (1970) and Cairo Station (1958), alongside recent films such as Chaos, Disorder (2012) and Lebanese film Capernaum (2018). Each session will include a film screening, short lecture and group discussion.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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