FIL-20015 - Hollywood and Beyond: Global Popular Cinemas
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 30
Study Hours: 300
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

The aim of this module is to analyse contemporary popular cinemas at a `global┐ level. We will look at a series of films across a range of different national contexts, focusing especially on the impact of globalisation, as both an economic and cultural process, on the content, style and distribution of different cinemas internationally. We will consider the ways in which the wider influence and viewing of different cinemas across different filmmaking contexts ┐ and the effect of globalisation on traditional understandings of `culture┐ ┐ have impacted on the types of films produced globally, and the ways these films are made and seen. Central to the module is the question of a `globalised┐ culture. Does this mean a uniform culture, dominated by certain tendencies of filmmaking (for example, Hollywood)? Or alternatively, how has the increasingly globalised nature of culture created new opportunities and possibilities for the expression of `local┐ cultural forms? How, moreover, might globalisation represent a positive challenge, rather than a threat, to traditional ideas of national cultures and national film industries? The module will consequently provide a significant knowledge base for understanding how contemporary films are made globally, and why. It will also be invaluable in terms of identifying the changing ways we understand `national┐ film cultures and film industries in an increasingly `global┐ contemporary culture.

- Provide students with a strong grounding in key texts, concepts and discussions around the production, form and content of popular cinema at a 'global' level
- Identify the influence of film aesthetics beyond and between Hollywood and other international cinemas
- Expand students' existing understanding of the production, location and style of films internationally
- Focus on issues of national and trans-national identity as represented through film;
- Provide knowledge of a wider range of non-English language cinemas

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

identify different kinds of context for film production and film forms within the economic and cultural effects of globalisation: 1,2,3,

understand the meaning and impact of globalisation on international film production and film form: 1,2,3,

identity aspects of film genre and film style, and their changing shape, across a variety of national contexts: 1,2,3,

understand the relationship between contemporary national cultures and the films they produce: 1,2,3,

recognise and understand the impact of economic contexts on the production and form of contemporary film: 1,2,3,

develop a familiarity with key debates around `global┐ and `national┐ cinemas and cultures in the context of globalisation: 1,2,3,

Study hours

12 x 1 hour lecture 12 hours
10 x 2 hour lecture + screening 20 hours
12 x 2 hour seminar 24 hours
Supervision and feedback 4 hours
Class preparation 48 hours
Short paper preparation 52 hours
Reflective Diary preparation 60 hours
Essay preparation 80 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Short Paper weighted 30%
2000-word film analysis
Students will write a detailed piece of film analysis based on two of the films screened during the first semester of the course. The analysis will ask students to consider film style and content in relation to different or comparative contexts of production, and through the frameworks of the key themes explored on this part of the course.

2: Reflective Diary weighted 30%
2000- word reflective diary: viewing contemporary film
Students will produce a 2000-word reflective piece on their own film-viewing experience, in line with specific questions provided by the tutor. Students will be required to take a critical approach to their own viewing of two films (chosen by the student), identifying, for instance, the production and exhibition contexts of the films, and how these inform their aesthetics and content. Students are encouraged to take a comparative approach to their viewing, identifying the circumstances informing film production and style across different economic and national contexts.

3: Essay weighted 40%
2500-word essay
Students will complete a 2500-word essay based on two of the films screened and discussed in the second half of the module. The essay will respond to one of a set of questions provided by the tutor, corresponding to the key themes explored throughout the module as a whole.