A level Film Studies trip to the British Film Institute

IMG_1271On Thursday 1st February, the Lower Sixth Film Studies pupils travelled to London by train for a study day at the British Film Institute.  The main objective of the day was to help us analyse UK cinema and its remarkable success internationally.

The day included lectures in the morning that focused on why British and international audiences enjoyed UK cinema.  We examined the narrative and stylistic factors used by filmmakers to attract a wide audience for British films.  Among the case studies used was discussion of the successful production company WARP films, which has maintained its Britishness through realistic location representation and themes.  Also, we learnt that audiences like the informative aspect of historical events and films that focus on royalty and literature in their nostalgic longing for the ‘rose-tinted’ British past.

In the afternoon we were treated to an exclusive viewing of the terrifying new film ‘Ghost Stories’, which is not going to be released in the UK until April 2018.  British cinema has a long tradition of making distinctive horror films unlike those produced in Hollywood.  The film viewing of ‘Ghost Stories’ was followed by a Q&A session with the writers Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson.  The preview of this new British horror film was one of the highlights of the day.

Varya Yurova, Lower Sixth