What is the course about?
This course looks at the way in which gender and age is constructed and presented in British and American cinema. In this course, we analyse and critique the way we view women by looking historically at the way mature women are presented on-screen. Contemporary films have made some strides in presenting the mature woman in a positive light, and therefore we will contrast our historical film knowledge with contemporary film roles, narrative types, and performance styles to show both similarities and differences in the presentation of mature women over time.
Ann-Marie Fleming received her PhD in Film Studies from The University of Kent in 2019. She has taught multiple film courses on film history, style, and theory. She has published two articles in the Celebrity Studies Journal and a book chapter in Star Attractions, Twentieth-Century Movie Magazines and Global Fandom.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• The presentation of the mature woman in contemporary film
• Ageism and stereotypes in horror and fantasy film
• Mature women and heritage cinema
• Performance styles used by mature women.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• List key films which feature the mature woman as a central character
• Explain gendered and ageist stereotypes in popular cinema
• Analyse film sequences that depict mature women.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is open to anyone with an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. No prior knowledge is necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Lecture, screenings, and discussion along with information for further reading/research.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There no other costs. Bring a pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses under History, Culture and Writing/film studies at www.citylit.ac.uk.