London, United Kingdom

London on Film

when 20 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module introduces students to important and distinctive aspects of London as a centre of film-making, since 1895.

The module focuses on three key topics: London-based studio-production, with examples from pioneer R.W. Paul and from the Ealing Studios, post WW2; the gangster film as city-centred genre, with examples from the 1980s onwards; and London-made cinema as document of the changing city, with examples from across the history of film-making in London.

Through the close analysis of London-made films and the study of their context, students will come to understand the significance of London for the history of cinema, and will be encouraged to think about place in general as key to the appreciation of cinema as art and as spectacle.

Course leader

Dr Roland-François Lack teaches in the French Department and on the MA in Film Studies, at UCL. He is a specialist in the relation between film-making and place, in particular regarding London and Paris.

Target group

This is a level one module (equivalent to first year undergraduate). No prior subject knowledge is required for this module, but students are expected to have a keen interest in the area.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Be familiar with the history of film-making in London;

Be able to analyse films in terms of location and the representation of place;

Have developed more general film-analysis skills, in particular, regarding genre;

Understand how film documents the changing city;

Understand how film creates perceptions of the city, both for its residents and for those who come to visit.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.