British Cinema Six-Week Course

BUY TICKETS Tuesdays 9 Oct – 20 November, 7pm – 9pm

A six-week course which explores post-war British cinema thematically led by Jonathan Hourigan.

Each session includes lectures, screenings of excerpts and discussion. The course is not intended to be encyclopaedic but, rather, idiosyncratic and designed to stimulate thought and discussion. Weekly themes will overlap and certain films and directors will reappear.

Jonathan Hourigan, is a graduate of Oxford University and the National Film and Television School. He was assistant to Robert Bresson on L’Argent and is a writer, director, script consultant and teacher. He is currently Head of Screenwriting at London Film School.

Week One, FAMILY, focuses on David Lean’s adaptation of Noel Coward’s play This Happy Breed and Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives, as well as Archipelago (Joanna Hogg) and East is East (Ayub Khan-Din).

Week Two, CLASS, takes Joseph Losey’s The Servant, written by Harold Pinter, as its starting point.

Week Three, WAR, explores the Powell and Pressburger WW2 films, including The Battle of the River Plate, A Matter of Life and Death and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

Week Four, ADAPTATIONS, ranges from David Lean’s literary adaptations to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting. 

Week Five considers GREAT BRITISH GENRES from Carry On to Hammer Horror, James Bond, rom-coms and crime thrillers.

Week Six considers CONTEMPORARY CINEMA, including Joanna Hogg, Lynne Ramsay, Steve McQueen and Asif Kapadia.

Dates: Tuesdays from 7-9pm on the following dates:

9, 16 & 30 October, 6, 13 & 20 November