Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HF183
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Ealing Studios and its films; themes and issues in Ealing films; Ealing studios and British cinema of the 1940s and 1950s.
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?
• Themes in Ealing films, including the war, class and society
• Ealing and genre, e.g., comedy, war, thrillers
• Ealing and film style, e.g., realism
• Ealing and British cinema in the 1940s, a 'golden age' marked by a critical concern with 'quality', and in the 1950s, a period of relative decline. • Critical accounts of Ealing Studios, its films and key personnel
Film viewing to include (TBC): Went the Day Well? (1942), Dead of Night (1945), Hue and Cry (1947), It Always Rains on Sunday (1947), Passport to Pimlico (1949), Whisky Galore! (1949), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949), The Blue Lamp (1950), Pool of London (1951), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in White Suit (1951) The Ladykillers (1955)
Suggested reading: Charles Barr, Ealing Studios (Cameron & Tayleur/David & Charles, 1977; revised edition, Studio Vista, 1992; third edition, Cameron & Hollis, 1999).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Identify and assess a range of themes in Ealing films
• Assess the use of genre in Ealing films
• Describe and assess the role of realism in Ealing films
• Understand the context of British cinema in the 1940s and 1950s in which Ealing films were produced
• Assess Ealing studios, its films and key personnel within a critical framework.
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 will enhance your enjoyment of the course to see what you can find out about the subject in advance of the class (see viewing and suggeted reading, above) but this is not essential.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You will require a pen and notepad but the tutor will provide all other materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look for other Film Studies courses at www.citylit.ac.uk/history, culture & writing/film studies.
Jon Wisbey teaches film at City Lit and Morley College. He was for many years a committee member and vice-chair of Chelmsford Film Club, screening contemporary and classic world cinema releases. He has an MA in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia. His teaching focuses on classical and post-classical Hollywood, European cinema, British cinema, film noir and horror cinema.
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.