Courses for Adults

A monthly online lecture series led by Lisa, Depot’s Education Manager, exploring the key theories and techniques used in Film Studies.

Lisa teaches Film Studies at Varndean College and was the lead author of Illuminate’s Film Studies for A Level Student Book. Sessions cost £5 and each month there will be a film we recommend you watch before the session.

The course runs on the first Thursday evening of the month from 18:30 – 19:30. The next session is on 4 February and the focus is on New Hollywood. We ask you to watch Bonnie & Clyde before this session.

This short online course offers an insight into the origins of documentary filmmaking and the different ways it represents the social, political and emotional lives of peoples from all over the world. Wilma De Jong will explore with you how these different realities have been filmed and these diverse stories told.   

The course will run every Thursday evening at 7pm for four weeks from February 11th. Each session consists of a 40 minute presentation including clips with a film to watch online as ‘homework’. These films can be found online, on BFI, Vimeo and YouTube. A handout with the key points of the course will be emailed to all participants. 

Wilma De Jong is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Film Studies and the author of numerous well respected books and articles on documentary. The 4 sessions cost £30. Booking closes on February 9th and you will be emailed a link to access the course on the 11th. 

In this ten week course you will learn how to:

– Develop ideas for screen
– Create interesting complex characters
– Use key tools to enhance visual scene writing
– Write effective scene dialogue
– Create an original premise, outline and draft of a short film of up to 10 minutes

You will learn through fun individual writing exercises and group discussion, and supportive feedback.

The course will be taught online with additional materials and film extracts available.

Tutor Julie Everton is an experienced professional scriptwriter for stage, radio and screen. She trained as a feature film script editor in Denmark and has taught screenwriting and creative writing for over 25 years to adults and as Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton. She taught an award winning online screenwriting course with New Writing South, and in the last year she has delivered a range of screenwriting courses online.

The course runs on consecutive Thursday evenings from 21 January to 25 March, from 18:00 – 20:00. The full course costs £100.

Starting with the birth of cinema in 1895 every week we’ll jump forward 25 years to have a look at the changing landscape in cinema, examining pivotal films, themes, movements and cinema going patterns that emerged in that year. After the first week which will include French cinema, the remainder of the course will primarily focus on US and UK filmmaking and cinema exhibition. The six week online course will be led by Ellen Cheshire and run on Tuesday evenings from 16 February at from 19:00 – 20:00.

The course will be delivered in zoom webinar mode.

Week 1: 125 years ago – 1895

Suggested viewing: selection of short films from Robert W. Paul & Birt Acres, and the Lumière Brothers

Week 2: 100 years ago – 1920

Suggested viewing: Way Down East (1920, D W Griffiths), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920, John S. Robertson) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Robert Wiene)

Week 3: 75 years ago – 1945

Suggested viewing: Spellbound (1945, Alfred Hitchcock), Brief Encounter (1945, David Lean) and Kolberg (1945, Veit Harlan)

Week 4: 50 years ago – 1970

Suggested viewing: M*A*S*H (1970, Robert Altman), Wanda (1970, Barbara Loden) and Performance (1970, Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg)

Week 5: 25 years ago – 1995

Suggested viewing: Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter), Clueless (1995, Amy Heckerling) and Sense and Sensibility (1995, Ang Lee)

Week 6: Last year – 2020

Suggested viewing: Rocks (2020, Sarah Gavron), Small Axe: Mangrove (2020, Steve McQueen) and Tenet (2020, Christopher Nolan)

Ellen Cheshire is a film writer and lecturer, who has written books on Ang Lee, Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn, The Coen Brothers and Bio-Pics, and contributed to books on silent cinema, Charlie Chaplin, James Bond, counterculture, war movies and an A Level Film text book.

Tickets for this course are £30 and will be on sale until February 10th. Participants will be emailed a course link just before the course starts.

A new monthly online book to film club for Depot launches online on 18 February and will then run on the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Each month we’ll read a classic novel and have a look at some of the film adaptations and come together online to discuss the book and some of their translations to film. The session will be led by Ellen Cheshire who will deliver an interactive talk.

The course will be delivered in zoom meeting mode to allow for full interaction between tutor and attendees. Each session is 90 minutes long and starts at 19:00.

You can book sessions individually and each session costs £8.

Thursday 18 February

Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen

As love will be in the air, we will take a look at Jane Austen’s most romantic novel, Pride and Prejudice.

Suggested viewing:

Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Pride and Prejudice (TV 1995)
Bride and Prejudice (2004)
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016).

Thursday 18 March

The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler

It has been 61 years this month since Raymond Chandler died, a screenwriter and prolific novelist. There have been numerous versions based on or inspired by his Philip Marlowe character, and here we’ll discuss two adaptations, and a film clearly riffing on it.

Suggested viewing:

The Big Sleep (1946)
The Big Sleep (1978)
The Big Lebowski (1998).

Thursday 15 April

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

At the end of March, the V&A delayed from 2019 exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser is due to, in celebration we’ll take a look at this episodic children’s novel.

Suggested viewing:

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (TV 1966)
Alice (1988)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Thursday 20 May

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier

May sees the anniversary of du Maurier’s birthday so we’ll celebrate this by looking at screen versions of her most famous novel, Rebecca.

Suggested viewing:

Rebecca (1940)
Rebecca (TV 1979)
Rebecca (TV 1997)
Rebecca (2020).

Further sessions planned include Dracula, Wuthering Heights and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Ellen Cheshire is a film writer and lecturer, who has written books on Ang Lee, Jane Campion, Audrey Hepburn, The Coen Brothers and Bio-Pics, and contributed to books on silent cinema, Charlie Chaplin, James Bond, counterculture, war movies and an A Level Film text book.

Tickets for the first session of this course will be on sale until February 10th. Participants will be emailed a course link just before the course starts.