Course overview

A friendly and accessible exploration boasting a second offering of five more recent 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 description

We all like to feel we know what to expect from a ‘BBC Film’ - but our views often differ. Founded in 1990 as ‘BBC Films’ (rebranded ‘Film’ in 2020) the intention was to produce films capable of ‘competing with Hollywood’. Arising from the general feeling that stand-alone T.V plays were becoming too expensive. We consider how the realist aspect becomes just one thread of the varied and sometimes fantastical body of work under the BBC Film banner. Issues of quality and ‘heritage’ are never far away - what is really meant by this? Some appear keen to balance entertainment with ‘safe’ box office appeal yet also be seen as continuing the portrayal of relevant, lesser explored, social issues. There are hits and misses (why) fantasy, intrigue and revelation – but what are the reoccurring features of a BBC film? Are they evolving and do we really want them to ‘compete with Hollywood’? Some of selection mixing genres, style, nurturing new talent taking and even causing press sensation – are they taking what we may expect of a BBC film into new directions? Little Joe (2019), Testament of Youth (2014), After Love (2020), Sorry We Missed You (2019), The Lost King (2022).

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