Exciting New Film Courses

Saffron Screen will be running two exciting one-day film courses taught by industry experts over the Summer, both suitable for complete beginners who wish to broaden their understanding of cinema.

The first course, The Vampire in Cinema, will be led by Virginie Sélavy, a leading horror expert who is highly respected for her knowledge and understanding of the popular vampire genre. She is also the founder and editor of Electric Sheep magazine, which focuses on transgressive cinema.

Jonathan Hourigan, Saffron Screen course leader and Head of Screenwriting at London Film School, and says: ‘Virginie is great fun to listen to and inspiring on her subject!

Following Saffron Screen’s successful courses on Post-war British Cinema and Gothic Cinema, The Vampire in Cinema will explore the recurrent themes and tropes used in the popular vampire genre. It requires no previous experience and is aimed at people curious about film.

In July, Jonathan Hourigan will lead a one-day course The age of the European Auteur, which will look at seven major film directors from different countries spanning the period from the mid-1950s to the mid-1980s. Focussing on how auteurs explored history, politics, personal identity and faith in an era of doubt and uncertainty, Hourigan, known for his highly entertaining, erudite and thought-provoking teaching style,  will discuss his personal experience of working with director Robert Bresson on his last film. To complement the course, the cinema is hoping to show will screen Bresson’s Pickpocket, an acknowledged cinema classic, at the cinema in July.

The Vampire in Cinema course will take place on Saturday 8th June and is open to over 18s only. The Age of the European Auteur course is open to all ages and will take place on Saturday 13th July.