An evening masterclass on some of the greatest moments in world cinema, explaining in close-up what makes each clip so perfect. The shot, the cut, the grammar of film: this unique take on the finest of all modern entertainments will be essential viewing.


Film is the greatest of contemporary arts and, even in the digital age, our most popular source of entertainment. Since the end of the First World War it has provided our most important fictions, about individuals and society, as well as faithfully documenting our times: no previous era has been so multifarious; no previous era has been recorded as it was being lived.


This evening class will help you to understand better this unprecedented medium of light and sound. The majority of the class will focus on how the great directors create a particular the world for the spectator, using camera angle, the shot, and rhythm, the cut. We will start with Orson Welles’s Touch of Evil and move through examples from Roman Polanski’s Chinatown and Terence Davies’s Distant Voices/Still Lives before looking at contemporary Hollywood David Fincher’s The Social Network and the current master of European cinema Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon. The final part of the class will consider cinema as the great international medium ­ the only truly global art which offers us unparalleled insight into other cultures and societies.


In association with the Derek Jarman Media Lab.