Depot’s online courses provided a great way for our regulars to engage with cinema and be part of Depot’s community throughout the challenges of the past year.

These sessions also enabled people from around the country to access lectures and discussions about a diverse range of films from the comfort of their own homes. Online courses also allow us to employ experienced lecturers from outside of area so we can bring you the very best sessions from subject specialists. For all these reasons we are going to continue to offer our customers a range of online courses alongside the return to on site learning in Depot’s studio.

Coming up online this year are further sessions from Ellen Cheshire in her popular monthly series on film adaptations, Never Judge a Book by its Movie, and Dr Jenny Stewart and Dr Scott Freer will bring you a course on Remakes, Sequels and Franchises.

These courses will continue to be affordable and easy to book online.

Adults

This ten-week online drop-in course looks at classic films that have inspired remakes, spawned sequels or launched franchises. Each week Dr Jenny Stewart and Dr Scott Freer examine the original film and discuss the films that followed them in terms of changed context. The course will cover a diverse range of films.

The sessions will take place from 19:00 to 20:00 on Tuesday evenings from September 21. The full course costs £60 or you can just book into an individual session for £8.

21 September: Black Panther (2018) and the Marvel Cinematic Universe

28 September: King Kong (1933) – remakes (1976 & 2005), sequels: e.g The Son of Kong (1933) and franchise: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

5 October: All that Heaven Allows (1955) and Far from Heaven (2002)

12 October: The films of Akira Kurosawa – e.g Seven Samurai (1954) and Yojimbo (1961) and American Remakes – e.g The Magnificent Seven (1960) and  Last Man Standing (1996)

19 October: Rear Window (1954) and Rear Window (1998)/Disturbia (2007)

26 October: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951 & 2008)

2 November: Batman (1966) and Batman (1989) / The Dark Knight Trilogy (2008-2012) / The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

9 November: The Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956 & 1978), Body Snatchers (1993) and The Invasion (2007)

16 November: Alien (1979) and the Alien franchise

23 November: Hammer Horror Films – e.g Dracula (1958) and Blaxploitation e.g Blacula (1972) and Scream Blacula Scream (1973)

A new monthly online book to film club for Depot, running 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 17 June

Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

This session has been cancelled. 

Thursday 22 July

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

In commemoration of Jane Austen who died on 18 July 1817 we will spend time in the company of the delightful “Dashwood” sisters as they navigate their downturn in fortunes and the attractions of kind/rakish men.

Suggested viewing:

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)
Sense and Sensibility (2008)
From Prada to Nada (2011)

Thursday 19 August

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Using one of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels as a starting point we will search out some of the many Holmes and Watsons over the years from Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce to Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke/David Burke to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Suggested viewing:

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988)
Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville (2012)

Thursday 16 September

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Written in a fever dream, Stevenson’s central concept and character has become a shorthand for someone with an unpredictable personality, and synonymous with Jack the Ripper. Here we will have a look at how the film versions over the years have moved further and further from Stevenson’s original.

Suggested viewing:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2003)

Thursday 21 October

Dracula – Bram Stoker

With over 100 film versions of Bram Stoker’s influential vampire novel we’ll spend the evening looking at a few of these from the silent film that Mrs Stoker tried to have destroyed to the Spanish language version filmed on the same set as the 1931 Bela Lugosi film.

Suggested viewing:

Nosferatu (1922)
Dracula (1931)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Thursday 18 November

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë’s novel is considered one of the finest novels in the English language, but what of the 55 credits Bronte has on imdb? It’s a complex and somewhat disturbing novel, one that many filmmakers have been keen to take on.

Suggested viewing:

Wuthering Heights (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1998)
Wuthering Heights (2009)
Wuthering Heights (2011)

Thursday 16 December

A Christmas Carol – Charles DIckens

Dickens’ novella has become synonymous with Christmas so it seems fitting to end the first year of ‘Never Judge a Novel by Its Movie’ by looking at multiple versions of A Christmas Carol and yes, of course, we’ll be looking at The Muppet Christmas Carol!

Suggested viewing:

Scrooge (1951)
Scrooged (1988)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
A Christmas Carol (2019)

Thursday 17 June

Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

This session has been cancelled. 

Thursday 22 July

Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen

In commemoration of Jane Austen who died on 18 July 1817 we will spend time in the company of the delightful “Dashwood” sisters as they navigate their downturn in fortunes and the attractions of kind/rakish men.

Suggested viewing:

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000)
Sense and Sensibility (2008)
From Prada to Nada (2011)

Thursday 19 August

The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Using one of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novels as a starting point we will search out some of the many Holmes and Watsons over the years from Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce to Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke/David Burke to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Suggested viewing:

The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988)
Sherlock: The Hounds of Baskerville (2012)

Thursday 16 September

Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – Robert Louis Stevenson

Written in a fever dream, Stevenson’s central concept and character has become a shorthand for someone with an unpredictable personality, and synonymous with Jack the Ripper. Here we will have a look at how the film versions over the years have moved further and further from Stevenson’s original.

Suggested viewing:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (2003)

Thursday 21 October

Dracula – Bram Stoker

With over 100 film versions of Bram Stoker’s influential vampire novel we’ll spend the evening looking at a few of these from the silent film that Mrs Stoker tried to have destroyed to the Spanish language version filmed on the same set as the 1931 Bela Lugosi film.

Suggested viewing:

Nosferatu (1922)
Dracula (1931)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Thursday 18 November

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë’s novel is considered one of the finest novels in the English language, but what of the 55 credits Bronte has on imdb? It’s a complex and somewhat disturbing novel, one that many filmmakers have been keen to take on.

Suggested viewing:

Wuthering Heights (1939)
Wuthering Heights (1998)
Wuthering Heights (2009)
Wuthering Heights (2011)

Thursday 16 December

A Christmas Carol – Charles DIckens

Dickens’ novella has become synonymous with Christmas so it seems fitting to end the first year of ‘Never Judge a Novel by Its Movie’ by looking at multiple versions of A Christmas Carol and yes, of course, we’ll be looking at The Muppet Christmas Carol!

Suggested viewing:

Scrooge (1951)
Scrooged (1988)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
A Christmas Carol (2019)

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.

Participants will be emailed a course link just before the course starts.

Young people

Please check back soon for moreinformation on upcoming courses.