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Learn Film in Sydney with Film classes from the University of Sydney – Film courses open to everyone. Experience the magic of the movies with our ever-popular film courses. These exclusive film courses are designed for the general public and provide a fantastic insight into the history of world cinema and modern day movies.

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Aristotelian-Inspired Screenwriting Course

This course starts by taking students inside the head of the audience to understanding what people like about films. We use this knowledge as the basis for building characters and subsequently a story. We follow a step-by-step approach to learn an appreciation of the way screen characters and stories actually work to affect audiences, to move, challenge, confront, excite, seduce, amuse, arouse, inspire, intrigue and ultimately entertain. The course is highly accessible and useful fo... [More]

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Documentary Course: Introduction to Producing and Directing

Before making a great documentary journalists and filmmakers need to grasp the basics. Documentary producing and directing requires a nuanced sense of the rights and obligations of a filmmaker and how to get the most out of pre-production and shoot to maximise the creative outcomes for a film. Participants in this documentary course for producing and directing will develop professional standards whilst making their own documentary. Each participant will produce and direct their own ... [More]

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A History of World Cinema Course with David Stratton

David Stratton’s History of World Cinema course explores in great detail the development and trends of world cinema in chronological order. This unique ten-year series on the history of world cinema, is a rare opportunity to participate in this very personal but immensely informative survey of international cinema from its origins. Join the waiting list Classes commence in February and September in each year. Please join the waiting list using the link above to be notified as soon a... [More]
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This unique program on cinema history continues with a close look at the post-war period as reflected by cinema around the world. This class covers the period 1950-1951.

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Robert Mitchum Course: Baby, I Don't Care!

David Thomson said of Robert Mitchum, "No American actor has made more first-class films, in so many different moods". Laconic is the word most often used in connection with Mitchum, who was famous for not suffering fools gladly and for being something of a rebel (a 1948 jail sentence for marijuana possession failed to dent his popularity). The deceptively lazy style was put to good use in countless films by major directors from Nicholas Ray to David Lean, from Fred Zinnemann to Ott... [More]

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Conscious Ageing Course: Creating Meaning & Purpose in the Second Half of Life

You’ve lived Adulthood I – you’ve built a career and perhaps raised a family. You’re in your mid-50s, 60s or 70s and you probably have another 20, 30 or 40+ years of good life ahead of you. So, what’s next? Human life expectancy at birth in industrialised countries has increased by some thirty years since the beginning of the twentieth century. Career and child rearing, by which we have defined ourselves, no longer occupy the majority of our time. We are in new territory. We need to... [More]

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Movies Now Course: Your Movie Club

This unique and popular movie appreciation course is like having your own private movie club. In its 9th year, Movies Now offers participants ‘private movie premieres’ prior to their commercial release with each featured movie specially selected by the presenter and popular film critic, Andrew L Urban. The featured movies and their titles remain a secret until their screening to ensure that participants approach each film on its own merits, uncompromised by outside opinions. Followi... [More]
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David Stratton Film Course: All Aboard!

Trains and the Movies From the earliest days of The Great Train Robbery, trains have fascinated filmmakers and filmgoers, whether in comedies, like The General and The Titfield Thunderbolt, thrillers set on trains, like The Lady Vanishes, Murder on the Orient Express and the Polish drama Night Train, or suspense films in which the train itself becomes a character (Runaway Train or the recent Unstoppable). There have also been great movie sequences set on trains, from Strangers on a ... [More]

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Philosophical Concepts in Film Course: The Children of Paradise? On Humanism and Film

Are we seeing a renaissance in humanist film-making? It would seem so – one might think of The Great Gatsby, Lincoln, Anna Karenina, Cloud Atlas, The Thin Red Line, Man of Steel and recent work by the Coen Brothers, Scorcese and Almodovar (without forgetting the legacy of Carné, Renoir, Antonioni, Ozu and Welles, among others). What are the social, cultural and historical conditions that have made this possible? Join us in this lavishly illustrated day to explore the timeless inters... [More]

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Inside 'The Hobbit' Course: 'The Desolation of Smaug'

The epic journey of Bilbo, Gandalf and Thorin continues in the second film of Jackson’s trilogy and it promises to be even more spectacular than the first. How will they overcome Smaug? Will Bilbo realise his potential and flourish in the company of heroes, strangers and villains? How will he unlock the secrets of Lonely Mountain? What draws Gandalf away and what is the significance of this development both in relation to Bilbo’s life and Thorin’s future? Join us in this fully illus... [More]

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Jean Renoir Course: Cinema's Great Humanist

Son of the painter Auguste Renoir, Jean Renoir started making films in 1925 with one of his father’s last models as his star. During the 1930s, with masterpieces like Boudu sauve des eaux, Le crime de Monsieur Lange, La Grande Illusion, Le bete humaine and perhaps his finest film, La regle du jeu, he explored a world where ‘everyone has his reasons’. During the war he worked profitably in America, and after making the sublime The River on location in India, he returned to France to ... [More]
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