British Cinema History 1950-2000: Sex, Class & The Way We Live Now

This is a course for anyone interested in Film, Film Culture and Film History - in this case, with particular reference to British movies between World War II and 9/11.  No specialist knowledge is required. From the stiff upper lip of BRIEF ENCOUNTER, through the sweaty working-class individualism of SATURDAY NIGHT & SUNDAY MORNING, on through the Sex Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll of PERFORMANCE, to "heritage culture" in THE REMAINS OF THE DAY and a multi-ethnic (if sometimes dis-united) kingdom in MY SON THE FANATIC, this course will seek to study five films which are outstanding in their own right but also expressive of a changing social landscape...

Taught by: Nigel Gearing.

Description

This is a course for anyone interested in Film, Film Culture and Film History - in this case, with particular reference to British movies between World War II and 9/11.  No specialist knowledge is required. 

From the stiff upper lip of BRIEF ENCOUNTER, through the sweaty working-class individualism of SATURDAY NIGHT & SUNDAY MORNING, on through the Sex Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll of PERFORMANCE, to "heritage culture" in THE REMAINS OF THE DAY and a multi-ethnic (if sometimes dis-united) kingdom in MY SON THE FANATIC, this course will seek to study five films which are outstanding in their own right but also expressive of a changing social landscape. 

It is hoped students will finish the course with a greater knowledge of the best in British cinema, of the British film industry in general and  its (sometimes indirect) reflection of national character, outlook and history. 

The course will follow a broadly seminar-style format - i.e. informal lectures by the tutor combined with discussions involving all participants.

Note: Although the tutor will be showing and discussing key moments from each of the specified films, this course will not necessarily be viewing the featured films in their entirety



Tutor information

Educated at the University of Cambridge (also in the USA and Paris), Nigel has over twenty-five years' experience as a teacher of Literature, Drama and Film. For the last ten years he has taught Contextual Studies (Theatre and Film History) at Drama Centre. He is also a published playwright, has worked at the British Film Institute, and as screenwriter has collaborated on a number of movies, two of which have won the Berlin Film Festival.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

- a notebook
- a pen

Details for booking

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