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The Language of Cinema Evening Class – 2019

Mon 14 January @ 7:30 pm - Mon 21 January @ 9:30 pm


This course is now open for new bookings. 

The Language of Cinema is a 10 week Evening Class aimed at people who are curious about cinema and are interested in expanding their experience of engaging with films. The course is run through Totnes Cinema Film School. We will be exploring and analysing a range of classic and new films including films in the cinema’s New Year programme.

The evening class takes place on Monday evenings at Totnes Cinema, 7.30 – 9.30pm from Monday 14th January. It is in two five week blocks: Mon 14th Jan – Mon 11th Feb and Mon 4th March – Mon 1st April. As a participant you’ll get ticket reductions on screenings of films studied on the course that are in the Totnes Cinema programme between January and April.




The Rider – Dir. Chloé Zhao, 2018



What will you learn on the course?

Having successfully run the class through the autumn we are putting on The Language of Cinema again from January 2019. The course provides a foundation in the main ideas of Film Studies as a discipline, and we will learn about:

  • What makes cinema a distinctive art form
  • How the language of film has developed from the early pioneers to becoming a powerful and evolving phenomenon across human culture
  • How to ‘read’ films at a much deeper level, going beyond just being entertained

The course starts with exploring what we understand cinema to be – looking at our assumptions and expanding the possibilities of what films are about. This will involve thinking about how films communicate through individual features such as locations, performances, stars and use of sound along with the broader aspects of genre and narrative. We’ll discuss how these dimensions of cinema are shared with other art forms, and we’ll move onto the more uniquely cinematic innovations of cinematography and editing. The course will include analysis of film sequences across a range of filmmaking approaches, from mainstream Hollywood, through arthouse directors, to non- Western cinema.

How the course will be taught

There will be a lively and engaging mixture of presentations and interactive work. You’ll be expected to take notes, analyse film sequences and be prepared to discuss what you notice. Between the sessions you will undertake independent learning tasks including watching films; the course is based around some of the films in the Totnes Cinema 2019 New Year programme (see below*). You will be expected to watch the films and come prepared to discuss them in relation to the topics studied each week.

The Language of Cinema is run by Martin Walker who has written and taught Film Studies courses for Exeter University’s Continuing Education Programme for the last 10 years and has been teaching A level Film Studies since 1998, as well as being an A Level Examiner for Media Studies.


The course is £100 (£10 per 2 hour session)

*In addition there are reduced price tickets for the 6 films shown at Totnes Cinema that will be analysed on the course:

  • If you pre-pay for all of the films it will cost £6 per film as a pre-paid block booking (£36 – £6 x 6 films)
  • If you don’t want to pre-pay then the cost will be £8 for individual films

When you enrol onto the course you will be provided with the list of films that we will be studying with instructions for booking for the film screenings

If you are curious about cinema why not join us on Monday nights at 7.30pm from January 14th


Mon 14 January @ 7:30 pm
Mon 21 January @ 9:30 pm


Totnes Cinema
27a High Street
Totnes, Devon TQ95NP
01803 269 832


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