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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: 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
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00013795
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
7 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Film & Media: Dark and Deadly – An Introduction to Film Noir

What is “Film Noir”? It is arguably the most influential American film genre of the 1940s: a dark, sordid and cynical world providing an alternative to the prevailing Hollywood glamour. From hapless antiheros to dangerous dames, this informal course will explore the archetypes, themes and style of noir. Among the films to be examined include The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past and Touch of Evil. This is a course for anyone who has wondered what the term “Film Noir” means and wants to discover more!

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 03/06/2024 -
Mon 24/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Norwich Millennium Library (Norwich)
Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW
Tutor:
Nigel Herwin
Course code:
Q00015250
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

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
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00009763
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
3 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £37.00

Film & Media: Film, Camera, Action! A walk through some of London’s film locations

Part of the WEA Art and About Festival 2024! We will walk from Victory Arch, Waterloo station, to the MI6 building in Vauxhall, stopping to consider a variety of places used as film locations and settings. The aim is to share knowledge about the production background and what these locations contribute to the storyline, atmosphere and style of each film. We will consider a range of films including The Bourne Ultimatum, A United Kingdom, Alfie, Trainspotting, and Skyfall.

Course Information

Dates:
Sat 08/06/2024 -
Sat 08/06/2024
Times:
10:30am - 12:30pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Meeting point: Victory Arch (London)
Waterloo Station,
Waterloo Road,South Bank
London
SE1 8SW
Tutor:
Daniel Williams
Course code:
Q00014763
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £10.00

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Fee:
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Film & Media: Why the Western film genre endures

This one-day session offers an insightful exploration into the evolution and enduring appeal of the Western genre. Through a variety of compelling examples, participants will delve into the dynamic transformations and enduring themes that have shaped Western storytelling. From its historical roots to contemporary adaptations, the course highlights how the Western genre continues to captivate audiences worldwide. Through discussions and analyses, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the genre's evolution and its ongoing resonance in modern storytelling.

Course Information

Dates:
Tue 18/06/2024 -
Tue 18/06/2024
Times:
10:00am - 4:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Norwich Millennium Library (Norwich)
Millennium Library
The Forum, Millennium Plain
Norwich
NR2 1AW
Tutor:
James Clarke
Course code:
Q00015019
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £30.00

Film & Media: Second Look Latin American Cinema

Part 2 of a brief introduction to the rich cinema of Latin America. It gives you an opportunity to explore the rich film industries of Latin America whose influence on world cinema is bigger than you may have thought despite decades of political turmoil, in some cases heavy censorship, and the influence of its Northern neighbour, Hollywood. This half-day course will focus on the international resurgence of Latin American Cinema since the 1990s, including New Mexican Cinema, the works of Latin American auteurs like active in the US and Europe like Walter Salles and Alfonso Cuarón.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 20/06/2024 -
Thu 20/06/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00014290
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Film & Media: Second Look Eastern European Cinema

Part 2 of a brief introduction to the rich cinema of Eastern Europe. It gives you an opportunity to explore the rich film industries of Eastern Europe. Their influence on world cinema is bigger than you may have thought despite its many decades under Socialist regimes that imposed certain styles, themes, and heavy censorship. This half-day course will focus on developments since the break-up of the Soviet block at the turn of the 1990s and the emergence of national cinemas in newly formed countries following the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

Course Information

Dates:
Thu 27/06/2024 -
Thu 27/06/2024
Times:
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Duration:
1 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00014292
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £11.10

Film & Media: Films for Wellbeing

‘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 Information

Dates:
Mon 01/07/2024 -
Mon 22/07/2024
Times:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Duration:
4 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
Ruth Mulandi
Course code:
Q00014311
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
1 place remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60

Film & Media: Video editing for community organisations

Having a social media presence has become an essential element of attracting group members, funding and as a tool to promote information and awareness of issues important to communities. In a previous course, Washington Support Group for Men filmed footage relating to their organisation and it’s aims. This short course is designed to introduce learners who are involved in this established community group to the process of editing and producing a video. The video can then be shared to an audience in person or online through platforms such as Facebook or YouTube. This may be for promotional purposes, or to provide evidence of activities to potential funders or the wider public.

Course Information

Dates:
Mon 08/07/2024 -
Mon 29/07/2024
Times:
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Washington Millennium Centre (WASHINGTON
The Oval
Concord
WASHINGTON
NE37 2QD
Tutor:
Graham Smith
Course code:
Q00015094
How you'll learn:
In venue
Availability:
9 places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £33.60

Film & Media: 5 BBC Films Revisited

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 Information

Dates:
Wed 10/07/2024 -
Wed 31/07/2024
Times:
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Duration:
3 sessions
Location:
Online
Tutor:
George Cromack
Course code:
Q00015238
How you'll learn:
Online
Availability:
10+ places remaining
Status:
Available
Fee range
Free to £29.60