WEA presents
Films and Directors

at Compass Theatre
Films and Directors
Ref: C2419999

We will study the role of key film directors and stars through a wide range of extracts. The course will enable students to discuss and analyse examples from film history and contemporary cinema. We will consider what these films represent for different audiences, and how critics have responded. We will discuss questions of identity, culture and film as an art form.

Course starts 08/01/2019 at Compass Theatre, from 10.30am to 12.30pm for 6 sessions.  

Course aim
Using a wide range of extracts, we will focus on the contributions of diverse directors and stars across world cinema.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • The course will provide opportunities to discuss any experience the students already have in thinking about directors and stars.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Identify the way directors use film form in selected extracts of world cinema.
  • Analyse the role of the star in selected extracts of world cinema.
  • Understand the work of selected stars and directors in relation to their social and historical context.
  • Apply key terms from film theory to gain a deeper understanding of debates around authorship and stardom.
  • Students will increase their knowledge of the role played by key directors and stars in the film industry. This will include consideration of issues raised by the identity of the director or star, and how they are presented.

How will I be taught?

The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning.

What kind of feedback can I expect?
A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?
Students simply need to bring pen and paper. Further viewing and reading material will be recommended, but this will not be compulsory.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources
No pre reading or pre course work is required
No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/
  • Access the WEA

What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

The course is not designed to lead to job opportunities, but it could be helpful in developing communication skills and knowledge relevant to the film industry.

Download full course information sheet: Films and Directors

To enrol, click on the "Book Now" button below. Please note places on these courses are not bookable via Hillingdon Theatres Box Office. For more information contact Chris Hill 01895 622250  weachrishillsmith@gmail.com

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Show Times

Tuesday 8 January, 2019 at
Course Cost - £94.60
Not sold through Hillingdon Box Office; transaction charges/fees may apply
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