We offer workshops, discussions, screenings and lectures on all things film. These cover a diverse range of genres and delve into cinema from all corners of the world; from much loved classics to emerging talents. All our courses are accessible and suitable for all levels of experience and knowledge.

Most of our courses take place in our studio and all are run by experienced teachers and professionals.

We will also be relaunching our online selection of discussions and lectures again soon; that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

If you have any questions about any of our courses or clubs please get in touch via: [email protected]

Upcoming courses & clubs

Book to Film

Classic films from classic books with friendly conversation.
One Monday morning a month, 11:00. 

Each month we screen a classic film based on a novel with a free  informal discussion afterwards. Whether you’ve read the novel recently, many years ago or not at all; all are welcome. 

Screenings are held on one Monday monrning each month. Post film discussions about the film’s adpatation will take place in our studio and will be led by our very own bookworm and film buff, Rory Bines-Morris. We are also offeing a free tea or coffee for everyone joining us for conversation after the film. *

*  proof of ticket required

Here’s what’s on the menu for this season:

Ikiru (1952) – Monday 16 January. Akira Kurosawa’s classic ode to ageing; recently remade with Bill Nighy as Living, which has just finished its run here with us.

Sense And Sensibility (1995) – Monday 20 February. Emma Thompson and an all star cast in the 90’s adaptation of a Jane Austen favourite.

The Haunting (1963) – Monday 20 March. Robert Wise’s unmatched gothic horror masterpiece. 

Fahrenheit 451 (1966) – Monday 17 April. Truffaut’s (only) English language, English shot (by none other than Nic Roeg) film; based on Ray Bradbury’s dystopian American novel.

Dangerous Liasons (1988) – Monday 15 May. Stephen Frear’s passionate version of the 18th century French literary classic.

 

 

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Julian Bowker has been teaching film and film theory for over 30 years. For a time he was also an Education Officer at the BFI (British Film Institute) where his role was to encourage an ongoing appreciation of film and help develop media literacy across audiences.

Talking Pictures

A club for anyone who likes to talk film.
Last Monday of the month; an early evening screening of a current release with (free) post-film discussion in the studio. All welcome!

Ever wanted to explore your immediate impressions of a film with others? In this monthly session, Julian Bowker invites you to share your own observations in the convivial setting of the Depot studio. Julian will lead the sessions, and no previous knowledge of the films or theory is required! Develop your own understanding of film and film language; discuss themes, cinematography, production design, performance, editing, and much more.

Talking Pictures will be taking a Christmas break and will return again in January. Enjoy whatever festive films you have planned over the holidays.

Julian Bowker has been teaching film and film theory for over 30 years. For a time he was also an Education Officer at the BFI (British Film Institute) where his role was to encourage an ongoing appreciation of film and help develop media literacy across audiences.

Introduction to Film Theory 

Film theory and appreciation.
4 Wednesday evenings 19:00 – 20:30:
11 January, 18 January, 25 January & 1 February

Cost: £60 

A four week introduction to the basic principles of film appreciation, back by popular demand.

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

Week 1: Representation – how do filmmakers present their ideas, fictional or factual, through the language of film – sound and vision?
Week 2: Genre – how do we identify, categorise and classify the range of film forms available to us today? How have genres evolved? How far is genre a useful concept?
Week 3: Narrative – how are stories told using narrative film form? How are myths and fairy stories used in film? What are the typical structures and patterns of film form?
Week 4: Audiences – what difference do audiences make to what gets made? How does our understanding of film depend on cultural context? How do films change meaning over time?