Course overview

‘Feel good’ movies are more than a cliché. We’re learning more and more about all the ways in which art and creativity are good for our health – from art and music therapy to reading on prescription. Watching films can be good for your well-being, too. In this brand-new 4-week course, we’ll explore together what films are good for our health and how. We’ll look at a different range of films from different genres that could all in their way help us maintain and manage our well-being.

Course description

This is not so much a traditional film studies course, but a course intended to explore which (kind of) films can contribute to our health and how. We’ll explore how films make us feel good – and equally how they can upset us by bringing up difficult topics and emotions - and learn about the emotional power of cinema’s storytelling. If we’re feeling down, what films may we want to sit down to enjoy and which ones should we leave for another time? Why do some people enjoy horror films and others don’t? How can a film’s visuals, sounds and look ‘bath our souls’? We’ll also look at different films on well-being: stories of recovery, role models and relevant histories; documentations that deepen our understanding of conditions and therapies. Finally, we’ll discuss films that work for us individually and why. This course is for all those with an interest in actively managing their well-being; those interested to explore new aspects of film and film reception; and those interested in the psychology of art. No prior knowledge or experience of film studies is required. During our session, we’ll look at film clips and discuss them. It isn’t a prerequisite to watch all of the films in

their entirety. Background will be provided as will resources on further viewing and reading afterwards.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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