This year I have been fortunate enough to attend several education events run by Hackney Picturehouse. These included a six-week long talk on Ealing comedies and a talk by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on the work they do. Their unique mix of tea, biscuits, beer, films and discussion are not to be missed. In the coming weeks the same team are putting on three further events for your enjoyment. You can read about them below, but be sure to book your tickets soon.
“Has cinema become little more than one product in a chain of multi-media consumer opportunities in the process or do the Sci-fi Epics, Disaster Flicks, Doomed Romances, Boys’ Own Adventures, sequels, prequels and 3D comic book franchises represent a reinvigoration of big screen entertainment, aesthetics and ideas?”
This extended course will be running for six weeks from Monday 11th June and will be looking at how the film industry has been changed by the ‘blockbuster’ since the release of Jaws in 1975.
The course will be led by Steve Pinhay, Senior Tutor at the National Film and Television School and former director of the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol. Using extracts and full-length screenings, Steve will lead an exploration into the most successful movies of the past forty years.
Tickets for the course are £70 / £65 concessions / £60 members, including tickets to see 2 feature films. The course will be taking place every Monday from 7-9pm for 6 weeks, starting on Monday 11 June.
This extra special course is presented by paleontologist Dr David Hone and will be looking at the history of dinosaur research and how the changing understanding of dinosaurs has affected their representation in films. This will span the stop-motion classics of the 1920s to the CGI giants of the present day using clips from blockbusters and B-movies.
Tickets are £45 Full Price / £40 Concessions / £35 Members.This one day course, on Saturday 23rd June, starts at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 6pm. As well as a screening of King Kong (1933) included in the day, you can also stay on for the special screening of Jurassic Park (1993) at 6pm for the reduced price of £5.
The education team at the BBFC return to Hackney Picturehouse to examine the presentation of sex and sex references on-screen from the early days of cinema to the present.
The discussion will led by one of the BBFC examiners who has doubtless had to watch it all – from Disney DVD extras to hardcore porn. The day will be made up of clips, debates and discussion as you look at the fascinating, and often hilarious, changing attitudes to sex on-screen.
Tickets £10 / £9 concessions / £8 members and the event will begin at 7pm on Thursday 28th June.