Meetings: 3rd Friday afternoon 2.00 - 3.30 (or up to 4.30 if we watch a film)
At: 26 Pennant Hills, Bedhampton, PO9 3JZ
Contact: Martin Owen 9247 7196 or email@example.com
Film studies is an academic discipline that deals with various theoretical, historical, and critical approaches to films exploring the narrative, artistic, cultural, economic, and political implications of the cinema.
Do not be put off if this sounds incredibly daunting and a bit too academic as the simple aim of our group is to better appreciate and enjoy the world of cinema.
Previously we have chosen to review the work of interesting and famous directors. We usually obtain and look at the films on DVD or TV at home, coming to the meetings to discuss them and perhaps examine certain scenes in depth. Sometimes we will watch a film together which means a longer meeting.
We co-operate in a film and programme alert system to identify relevant items to our chosen topic from the multitude of TV or internet channels currently available. Ken Loach and Mike Leigh have featured on Arena (BBC) with extensive interviews covering their life in film.
So far the group has studied the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Orson Welles, Roman Polanski, John Ford, Stanley Kubrick, Martin Scorsese, Ken Loach, Ridley Scott, Mike Leigh and Woody Allen. Recently we ventured into some early Italian films from Roberto Rossellini and Vittorio De Sicca. Our last film was ‘Charlie Wilson’s War' directed by Mike Nichols probably remembered more for 'The Graduate', 'Working Girl' and 'Primary Colors'. Keeping an open mind may result in people seeing films they would not usually choose to watch but they are often pleasantly surprised by what the film has to offer.
Suggestions for continuing our study of directors includes Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Anthony Minghella, James Cameron and not forgetting female directors, namely Kathryn Bigelow, Phyllida Lloyd, Nancy Meyers and Andrea Arnold. Never heard of some of these? Then what a lot there is to discover!
Since we are a small democratic group the members decide on the approach and topics e.g. we could move our focus from directors to study more foreign films, different genres, or works of famous actors. Agreeing the agenda for 2016/17 will be the first task at our inaugural meeting of the new session on Friday 23rd September (subject to member's availability). New member’s ideas would be especially welcome.