Course overview

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 description

We have all heard the phrase, so bad it’s good, but is that genuinely true when it comes to cult films? The phrase perhaps overused when many well-known films regarded as cult, implying a small or niche group of fans, frequently have mass appeal? Are there some genuinely forgotten films worthy of re-evaluation, some panned on release but since praised by filmmakers as influential whilst others perhaps once praised by critics have since fallen into obscurity? Why? We will examine, discuss and debate, reviewing and re-evaluating a selection films which have risen in status from failure to cult to classic – while applying our critical thinking and literacy skills, advancing knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film, considering running themes and techniques, making use of specialist language and terminology, whilst we also further developing communication skills and confidence in delivering feedback to provide written critiques. Barry Lyndon (1973), Barbie (2023), Leon (1994), The Blues Brothers (1980), Gaslight (1940), Vagabond (1985), Summertime (1955), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), The Swimmer (1968), Four Lions (2010). Once this course has been completed you may wish to explore some of our other Film and Media courses or take a look at our Creative writing Courses.

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