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Talk about films with other enthusiasts, watching and discussing clips of different films each week. Social cinema trips to MAC’s cinema are included on this course.

What will you learn on this course?

This course will give you the understanding and language you need to increase your vocabulary about film and how to communicate your opinions – a film appreciation tool kit. Through watching and analysing a variety of films and film clips you will develop the techniques of film criticism, being able to make informed judgements on the quality of many different aspects of film making. You will also learn about film genres and styles, structure, plot and character development, technical aspects such as cinematography and composition and how effective these are in progressing or hindering the narrative.

Each termly course follows a theme such as British Film, European Film or Film Noir. The course is a mix of presentations and discussions led by the tutor and small group working, discussing and reflecting on films or clips that have been watched in class. The approach of this course is not academic but more influenced by the tutor’s experience as an award winning film maker.

The course will include one free group visit to MAC’s cinema to watch a film together. This may happen at a slightly different time or on a different day to fit with the cinema schedule.

In addition each course participant will be able to buy standard cinema tickets at MAC for £5 each during the course term.

On completing this course you can expect to have developed a wider and deeper understanding of film making and film culture. You will also be able to confidently express your thoughts and opinions on a film and tell someone why you liked it or not.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to learners of all levels. This course is aimed at people with an interest in film and going to the cinema. It’s for anyone who would like to learn a bit more about film making and be able to say more than “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it”. An opportunity to share your passion with other enthusiasts with built in social cinema evenings.

The course is accessible for people with disabilities. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The room is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

All course material is provided. You may want to bring a notebook and pen.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs.

Who teaches this course?

Michael Clifford

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