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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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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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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 1952-1953.

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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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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-50’s, 60’s or 70’s 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... [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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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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Filmmaking Course: The Nuts and Bolts

It starts with an idea, and before too long, you’re standing at the back of a theatre watching an audience cry, laugh or hide their eyes at something you made. It’s magic. This filmmaking course will explain what’s ‘behind the curtain’, how movies are put together. You will learn about good movie ideas, development, hiring actors and crew, filming, post-production, legals, promotion, sales and distribution. This course is aimed at the beginning film producer, but is useful and acces... [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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Australian Films Course with Andrew L Urban: True Aussie Grit

This Australian Films course introduces participants to rarely seen but exceptional examples of gritty, award winning Australian cinema – films that examine powerful and dramatic interpersonal, social or political themes. In briefing notes and accompanying discussions, where possible with the filmmakers themselves, participants explore how filmmakers approach and film gritty subjects. At the end of the course, students will have an increased familiarity with themes and subjects in A... [More]

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Film Noir in the 1950s Course

This is a sequel to the screenings of Film Noir in the 1940s that took place exactly a year ago. The American thriller, or film noir, flourished in the decade that followed World War II, and some of the finest examples of the genre were produced in the early 1950s by directors who included Don Siegel, Phil Karlson, Fritz Lang, Robert Aldrich, Budd Boetticher and many others. These terse, cynical, no-nonsense thrillers reveal a great deal about American society during the period in w... [More]
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David Stratton Film Course: Venice the Movie

Venice, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, has regularly been used as a backdrop for movies. All kinds of movies: thrillers, romances, comedies. Some films, like Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now and David Lean’s Summer Madness (aka Summertime) were entirely set in the city and used its canals and passageways to great effect. Others, like Fellini’s Casanova, recreated Venice in a film studio. Directors as varied as Paul Schrader, Woody Allen, Luchino Visconti and Ernst Lubitsch h... [More]
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