Prequels, Sequels and Remakes

Course Dates: 22/10/22
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
This year has seen the release of Top Gun: Maverick (Joseph Kosinski 2022 US), Texas Chainsaw Massacre (David Blue Garcia 2022 US), Avatar: The Way of Water (James Cameron 2022 US), and Scream (Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett 2022 US), while next year’s list of forthcoming films includes, John Wick: Chapter 4 (Chad Stahelski 2023 US) and Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold 2023 US). What is it that keeps these prequels, sequels and remakes coming back for more? Why does Hollywood keep making them, and why do we continue to watch them? This one-day course will try to answer some of these questions and consider those that you hadn’t perhaps even thought of asking. We will look at the lengthy history of prequels, sequels and remakes and consider them as both industrial products and cultural artefacts. We will think about the role of national cinemas in the production of prequels, sequels and remakes, in particular, and we will reflect on questions of aesthetics and visual style. We will examine a number of filmic examples in detail throughout the day in order to try to make sense of this fascinating cinematic phenomenon.
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Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00

Course Code: HF321

Sat, day, 22 Oct - 22 Oct '22

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This day course will introduce you to the surprisingly longstanding phenomenon of film prequels, sequels and remakes. We will consider the prevalence of these kinds of films from cinema’s earliest moments through to the present day. Often subject to value judgments, recent work in the field has sought to articulate theoretically informed considerations of the processes at work in the production and reception of film prequels, sequels and remakes. Issues of status and originality continue to inform popular debates; this course will enable you to consider these concerns in their historical, cultural and industrial contexts through encounters with a range of recent theoretical interventions in the field. You will have an opportunity to explore a number of prequels, sequels and remakes throughout the day.

What will we cover?

• The history of prequels, sequels and remakes
• The industrial and the cultural factors involved in the production of prequels, sequels and remakes
• Questions of national film production, culture and identity
• Issues of film aesthetics and visual style as they relate to prequels, sequels and remakes
• The originality/copy debate
• Detailed film analysis.

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

• have acquired knowledge of a wide range of contemporary and historical examples of film prequels, sequels and remakes from around the world
• have a critical understanding of the role of cultural and industrial factors in the creation of film prequels, sequels and remakes in different national contexts
• have the ability to analyse, using appropriate critical vocabulary, the creative, formal and stylistic features of film prequels, sequels and remakes
• have the capacity to reflect upon the place of film prequels, sequels and remakes in relation to broader film culture.

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. 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 under History Culture and Writing/Film Studies at

Paul Sutton

Dr. Paul Sutton is an independent film scholar who has taught Film Studies in UK higher education for over 25 years. His research covers psychoanalytic and film theory as well as Italian and French cinema and critical theory. He has published articles in journals such as Screen, French Studies and the Journal for Cultural Research. He is currently writing a psychoanalytic book on film spectatorship, Afterwardsness in Film, and has recently published work on television as a form of palliative care, and an assessment of the films of the Italian experimental filmmaker Ugo Nespolo.

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