Masters of cinema: Wes Anderson

Course Dates: 17/10/24 - 24/10/24
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
“I have a way of filming things and staging them and designing sets. There were times when I thought I should change my approach but in fact, this is what I like to do. It’s sort of like my handwriting as a movie director.” Explore the signature style and adventurous cinema of Wes Anderson from coming of age films through stop motion animation to comedy dramas.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Masters of cinema: Wes Anderson
  • Course Code: HF184
  • Dates: 17/10/24 - 24/10/24
  • Time: 19:30 - 21:30
  • Taught: Thu, Evening
  • Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Graham Rinaldi

Course Code: HF184

Thu, eve, 17 Oct - 24 Oct '24

Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online film studies course will introduce and explore Wes Anderson’s body of work as a writer/director. By analysing a selection of his films, we will discover the visually impactful, euphoric style he employs to achieve his art.

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?

- This course will cover the storytelling and directing techniques employed by Anderson in his films
- Analyse Anderson’s aesthetics, his use of colour, nostalgia, and production design
- Make a closer examination of his feature films
- Focus on his close working relationships with his stock company of actors and crew.

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

- Have a better understanding of the career of Wes Anderson and his place in the pantheon of modern American cinema.
- Further develop skills of analysis and interpretation in your own wider film knowledge.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory level course and does not assume previous study or reading. The course is aimed at building American cinema appreciation but is also suitable for all who enjoy viewing and discussing film.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Tutor presentations and screening of extracts from Anderson’s films along with textual analysis and general discussion.

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. The tutor will show extracts from films.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at

Graham Rinaldi

Graham Rinaldi is a freelance film lecturer and writer. He is the author of the biography on the British comic actor, Will Hay and he is currently researching his next book, the acting career of David Bowie.

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.