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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?

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.


Wed 11 January