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Attending one of our film classes means you’ll get to explore film history across a broad range of genres, time periods and regions, from classic Hollywood films to independent film and television. 

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Learn the meaning behind famous films and television shows

Throughout our film classes, you'll learn about all aspects of the film industry, including how films generate meaning and how actors and producers contribute to them. From cult classics to modern day blockbusters, you’ll be immersed in the world of cinematography.  

Our specialised film tutors will discuss up-to-date trends in the industry, empowering you to develop a broad set of skills. You’ll build your awareness of the evolution of film history as an art form and business too, charting the development of film and television through the ages. 

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At WEA, we offer courses in a range of venues as well as online. Whether you’re in a classroom or learning from our bedroom, lounge or kitchen, you’ll still get the same support from your tutor.   

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All our courses are friendly and supportive, helping you build your confidence as well as your understanding of the magical world of film. At the end of your course with us, you’ll leave with a new network of people, all of whom share the same interest and passion as you.

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Film & Media: 125 Years of British Film

The course aims to introduce learners to the long history of British film, its unique institutions, and how its story crosses over with both that of Hollywood and of the European film industries closer to home. We’ll take a deep dive into each major historical period of the industry in the context of its times and wider social change, from the earliest cinematic experiments to the present day. With a wealth of clips and background material.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 29/02/2024 -
Thu 28/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Location:
Friends Meeting House (King's Lynn)
38 Bridge Street
King's Lynn
PE30 5AB
Tutor:
Christopher Budd
Course code:
Q00012761
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £42.00

Film & Media: Film Noir Day

Embark on a journey into the heart of classic noir with our Film Noir Day featuring Carol Reed's cinematic masterpiece, "The Third Man," based on Graham Greene's original screenplay/novella. Delve into the post-war shadows of Vienna as protagonist Holly Martins navigates a web of intrigue and deception in search of his elusive friend, Harry Lime. Experience Greene's gripping narrative brought to life through Reed's atmospheric direction and the haunting zither score. Join us for a day of suspense and mystery, where timeless storytelling and unforgettable characters converge in a dark symphony of cinematic brilliance. Don't miss this immersive cinematic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 25/03/2024 -
Mon 25/03/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Disley Methodist Church (Disley)
70 Buxton Road
Disley
SK12 2EY
Tutor:
Guest Speaker
Course code:
Q00014203
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £27.30

Film & Media: Key Moments in European Cinema

From post-war Italian neorealism to the French New Wave and the Scandinavian Dogme 95 … 10 key moments in European cinema will give you an overview of the rich history of film-making in Europe since 1945.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 04/04/2024 -
Thu 13/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00012154
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £74.00

Film & Media: 5 BBC Films Revisited

A friendly and accessible exploration of ten cinematic works produced by BBC Film, promoting knowledge, understanding and appreciation and confidence regarding film and cinema, also literacy skills, critical thinking and well-being in general. We examine, discuss and compile a critical journal reviewing a selection works from BBC Film promoting knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film but also critical thinking, literacy skills and well-being, considering running themes and techniques whilst also highlighting specialist language and terminology, advancing literacy, communication skills and confidence in delivering informed feedback.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 13/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
6 sessions
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013794
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £44.40

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Duration:
12 months
Fee:
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Film & Media: Forgotten Gems & Cult Classics Revisited

Exploring a selection of ten films, some of which have risen in status to be regarded as ‘cult classics’ commonly referenced by fans and filmmakers alike, whilst others have become hidden gems, perhaps once praised but now seemingly forgotten over the years – why? We examine the concept of the ‘cult movie’, considering the appeal of the now popular classics whilst re-evaluating the hidden gems, is there a difference between what an audience finds appealing and what filmmakers find influential? We improve our literacy skills, critical thinking and well-being, also knowledge, understanding and appreciation of and confidence regarding film in general.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/04/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
10 sessions
Location:
Stephen Joseph Theatre (Scarborough)
Westborough
Scarborough
YO11 1JW
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013835
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £84.00

Film & Media: 5 Wonders from Satyajit Ray

Explore five remarkable films from the visionary director Satyajit Ray. Discover the wonders of his cinematic masterpieces, which are widely regarded as landmarks in Indian cinema- furthering your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of international cinema and film in general.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 09/04/2024 -
Tue 07/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00009765
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Film & Media: 5 Wonders of Neo Noir and New Hollywood

An introduction to 60s/70s New Hollywood Cinema (sometimes U.S New Wave) – exploring how a new generation of film makers expressed themselves, with a leaning toward the more socially aware Neo-Noir of this period - promoting knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general. With the decline of the old Hollywood studio system, a new generation of film makers expressed themselves on screen with individual voices and counter culture attitude. We focus more on examples of Neo-Noir, ‘up-cycling’ the old film noir conventions into more socially conscious crime and mystery thrillers for this increasing cynical anti-authority era, promoting knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film in general.

Course Information

Dates:
Fri 12/04/2024 -
Fri 10/05/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00014260
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Film & Media: Deciphering the news

People’s main source of news used to be newspapers. Then along came radio. Then television. Then even more television. Then social media – Facebook, Twitter (now known as X), Instagram, Tik-Tok, YouTube. Even if you don’t subscribe to any of these platforms, the noise they generate finds its way into the media you do consume. There is no escape. How do you make sense of it all? How do you sift truth from disinformation and misinformation? What’s in it for the people telling you the news? Come and join retired BBC Journalist Andrew Vincent for an exciting course full of debate! Set in a relaxed environment with others and led by Andrew who will ensure a fantastic experience.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 22/04/2024 -
Mon 20/05/2024
Times:
11:00am - 1:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
St Mark's Methodist Church (Cheltenham)
Gloucester Road
Cheltenham
GL51 8PX
Tutor:
Andrew Vincent
Course code:
Q00014032
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Film & Media: 5 Forgotten Classics from Ealing & Gainsborough

Exploring five arguably lesser known classics produced by British film studios Ealing and would be ‘rivals’ Gainsborough, both stalwarts of 1940s and early 1950s cinema. Ealing Studios are still renown for their many now classic comedies produced throughout the 1940s and into the 50s but perhaps the repeated focus on the same films has lead to other equally remarkable classics from their own studio becoming overshadowed. Likewise, a repeated focus on Ealing Studios has perhaps stolen praise from other British studio of the era Gainsborough. This course aims to reinvestigate some of these ‘forgotten’ classics.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 01/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013795
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Film & Media: 5 Wonders of Modern French Cinema

Immerse yourself in the five film wonders of French cinema, deepening your knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of 21st-century international filmmaking. Discover the magic of these cinematic gems and broaden your love for the art of film.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 04/06/2024 -
Tue 02/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
5 sessions
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00009763
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00