Courses & Clubs at Depot

We understand that film is more than just a pastime or mere escapism and through our programme of courses, clubs, screenings, discussions & workshops we aim to promote an appreciation of cinema in all it’s forms, from all corners of the world.

Browse our selection for kids, teens and adults. We have opportunities for all education providers too; schools, colleges and home education included.

For queries or a conversation about anything education related please email Anthony our Education Manager at [email protected].

Feel like you have something to offer Depot? Do you have big (or small) ideas for education projects but no home for them? Get in touch to see how we could help.

Upcoming clubs and courses …

Book to Film Club: Fences

Monday 16 October

£7/£5 Under 25

A special edition of Book to Film Club in celebration of Black History Month

Troy Maxson makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes.

Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s chance to meet a college football recruiter.

Kate's Photography Cafe

Tuesday 17 October
19:00 – 20:30


Enhance your photography skills. Get inspired. And meet others who share a passion for photography at Kate’s all new Photography Cafe. This twist on a traditional ‘photography club’ will be led by Kate Swanson, a qualified teacher and professional photographer.

Each standalone session will be focused on a different topic, with guest speakers, projects, competitions and free resources. If you have enjoyed any of Kate’s previous, and very popular, courses at Depot then this is also an ideal way to continue to develop your own work.

All levels of ability are welcome!

Introduction to Film Theory

4 Wednesdays evenings, 19:00 – 20:30
Nov 1, 8, 15 & 22


Join Julian Bowker as he explores the vocabulary of film theory; helping you to develop your own general knowledge and understanding of film history and practise through a range of examples and film extracts. The course will be a mix of presentation and group based activities, with lots of opportunity to ask questions and share your own opinions.

Autumn Lectures: British Social Realism

Sunday 1 October
13:00 – 15:00


Social realism can bring us rich insights into human experience and a chance to explore important issues relating to how we live today. This lecture aims to bring out the key features of social realist film practitioners tackling the realities of everyday lives of people in the British Isles.

Autumn Lectures: Gothic Cinema

Sunday 29 October
13:00 – 15:00


Ellen Cheshire introduces key themes and motifs used by directors working in the Gothic genre. Ellen will discuss how authors such as Bram Stoker and Emily Brontë have been translated from page to screen over the years, and around the world, as well as looking at films which have taken the Gothic conventions in startling directions.

Autumn Lectures: French Cinema

Sunday 19 November
13:00 – 15:00


How influential is French cinema today? In the 2022 Sight and Sound poll “Greatest Films of All Time”, French cinema occupies a non-negligeable place. Examining some of the French films in the list, we will appreciate their significance within the context of French cinema, and beyond. The lecture is also an introduction to the French Film Festival UK, coming to Depot this winter.

Introduction to Screenwriting

6 Wednesday evenings, 19:00 – 21:00
10 January – 14 February


Whether you’re a complete beginner or have written before, Julie will help guide you through the key skills needed to write and develop your own short screenplay. The course combines fun practical writing exercises with lively discussions around example scripts and is led by professional script writer and script editor, Julie Everton.

Weekend Filmmaking Course

Sat 11 & Sun 12 Nov
10:30 – 16:00


Love films? Like to have a go yourself? This fun and accessible weekend will introduce you to shooting and editing your own films using your phone and basic editing software.

Although the course is geared towards using smartphones, to keep the technical barrier as low as possible, you are more than welcome to bring along your own digital cameras and kit to film with if you wish.

Depot’s Monthly Clubs & Education Programmes

KINO Collective

Find out more about Depot’s young programmers group, the KINO Collective, who aim to expose more people their age to a diverse range of powerful and enjoyable films.

Book to Film Club

Depot’s Book to Film Club is a relaxed and open space to talk about books and movies. With classics, horror, and sci-fi on the shelf, there’s something for everyone to get their reading glasses on for.

Cinemas of the Mind

The club meets on the second Monday of each month for a post-screening discussion facilitated by Dr Jake Harvey, a forensic psychiatrist, and Jenny Leeburn, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

The discussion is included in the cinema ticket price.

Schools, Colleges & Home Education

Looking for creative activities for your children? We offer courses in filmmaking, photography and animation. Sessions take place in our studio space and are run by experienced teachers and professionals. Want to watch a film linked to a module or class topic? Reward your group at the end of term with a screening? Want to showcase your group’s own productions, on the big screen? Ask about our private education screenings.