Day Schools

Black Narcissus

Saturday 30 January, 2021

Black Narcissus is a triumph of studio filmmaking and one of the most beautiful films ever made. But is it a colonial melodrama or perhaps a psychological thriller? How do we view it now as a film set in India with only one Indian actor in the cast?

L’atelier (The Workshop)

Tuesday 5 January, 2021

Director Laurent Cantet has a distinctive approach to narratives that create tensions inside groups of people in provocative ways. This is explored in The Workshop as a group of young people attempt to write a thriller, under the supervision of a crime-writer from Paris.

Suspicion: Hitchcock,

Fontaine and Grant

Saturday 28 November, 2020

The ‘romance thriller’ became perhaps the best-known type of Hitchcock film across his long career. This event will explore what the Hitchcockian idea for the romance thriller offered to audiences in the 1940s.


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Home Front


Les Gardiennes

Saturday 31 October, 2020

‘Home Front’ films represent a unique genre which deals with gender role issues and ideas about social change as well as conservation of community values. Our event will explore the film in detail and use other similar films from British cinema to develop ideas about the rural Home Front film.

John Ford


Fort Apache

Saturday 19 September, 2020

John Ford was the most celebrated Hollywood director of the Studio era, winning 4 Oscars as Best Director. Fort Apache, dismissed at the time by critics, has since been described as ‘one of the most sophisticated political works of art America has produced’.

A First Nation story

by an

Indigenous Filmmaker:


Saturday 15 August, 2020

Alanis Obomsawin looks into the history of the Abenaki people, her people, and their socio-economic struggles against the dominating immigrant communities, the fight for their rights and the attempts of the Canadian and American governments to deny those rights.

Embrace of the Serpent

Saturday 4 July, 2020

An extraordinary film recounting two separate expeditions into the Amazon basin, one by a European the other an American, told in a ‘parallel narrative’ featuring the same indigenous ‘Amazonian’ character thirty years apart. Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar in 2016

The Lunchbox


Irrfan Khan

Saturday 6 June, 2020

An overview of Irrfan Khan’s career, which ended with his death in April 2020, exploring the different kinds of performances he was capable of making, before focusing closely on his role in The Lunchbox as a tentative hero of a possible romance. 

Val Lewton:

Producer as Artist?

Saturday 9 May, 2020

Val Lewton was an unusual figure as a producer heading a unique ‘B’ film unit at RKO. The unit made just 11 films, several of which became surprise hits at the box office as well as garnering critical attention and going on to influence filmmakers for many years afterwards.


Abderrahmane Sissako


African Cinema

Saturday 18 April, 2020

Exploring the work of director Abderrahmane Sissako and looking at the history of cinema in Francophone West Africa.

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