Centre for Continuing Education

Sydney Film Course: The Coming of Age Film

Film. Focus on cinema.

COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Join this film course for movie buffs and enjoy a selection of coming-of-age films followed by panel discussions.

The films in this two-day program showcase works of some of the greatest film auteurs, each examining the ways that adolescents and young adults – and their formative experiences – can be depicted and understood. These films pose questions about such things as friendship, belonging, familial identity, moral rectitude, sexual awakening, and selfhood.

Each of the films in the program will be screened in either DCP (cinema level digital imaging) or Blu-Ray, introduced by experts in the field, and will be followed by a panel discussion and an audience Q & A session.


This course will analyse the development of the genre of the coming-of-age film that increased in popularity and importance in American and European cinemas of the post-WW2 era.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • critically discuss the genre of the coming-of-age film and its key artistic achievements
  • trace the development of youth culture within specific historical and political contexts
  • appreciate the subtleties of film style of some of the greatest writers and directors in cinema history
  • interrogate the validity of auteur theory
  • distinguish between art and mainstream film industries and movements.


Day 1

9am-9.30am: Introduction, morning tea and welcome

9.30am-12pm: Screening of Kid With a Bike (Dardenne Brothers, 2011) followed by a panel discussion

12pm-1pm: Lunch break (provided)

1pm-3.15pm: Screening of Girlhood (Sciamma, 2014) followed by a panel discussion

3.15pm-3.30pm: Afternoon tea (provided)

3.30pm-5.30pm: Screening of Ladybird (Greta Gerwig, 2018), followed by a panel discussion

Day 2

10.30am-11am: Introduction, morning tea and welcome

11am-1.15pm: Screening of Ivan’s Childhood (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962), followed by a panel discussion

1.15pm-2pm: Lunch break (provided)

2pm-4.15pm: Screening of The Graduate (Mike Nichols, 1967), followed by a panel discussion

Intended audience

Film enthusiasts, cinema and art students, and general art enthusiasts.

Delivery style

Screenings, expert introductions to screenings, expert panel discussions, audience Q and A sessions.

Additional information

Students of the University of Sydney are entitled to 50% off on this course. Please call CCE to process your enrolment and have the discount applied. For verification purposes, you will be required to provide your student ID number.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Course materials – yours to keep
  • CCE Statement of Completion

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