4 August 2017
London & Film
This module is intended to introduce you to some significant debates within British film studies through a focus on three key historical moments in British film-making and the representation of London on film during those periods. Major themes will include theatrical and literary adaptation; the relationship of the cinema industry to other cultural media, particularly as they circulated in and around London through theatre, literary and periodical publication, news media, etc.; the relationship between cinema and the state though censorship, state-sponsored propaganda, legislative encouragement of the film industry; cinema and youth audiences, popular music culture and the film-going habit. The module will draw on both historical critical material and current film studies writing to provide an overview of the evolution of discussions within film studies around British cinema. The wider concerns of theoretical writing about both London and its place within the Empire, and about the city within film as a symbol of modernity will form a persistent element of the module.
This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday
Learning outcomes and objectives
By the end of the module, you should have:
• developed a firm grasp of British film history up to the 1960s, both in terms of production cycles and contexts and in terms of relevant critical debates and movements.
• gained a clear understanding of the range of cultural material circulating in British culture and the ways in which these feed into the representation of the nation, and particularly of London on the screen.
• experienced an opportunity to do independent research using key London-based resources such as the BFI Southbank and Mediatecque, as well as a range of museums, galleries and libraries.
• developed a clear grasp of the theoretical issues around the representation of the city and the relationship between screen images and images in other media, both official and unofficial.
Many of our students get credit for the summer modules taken at King’s. You should approach your home university before applying as it is up to them to apply the credit to your degree programme. We would recommend a three week module would be equivalent to 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.
GBP 1500: Tuition Fee