Over 18s only!
How do the BBFC age rate horror? Do BBFC Compliance Officers scream while they watch slashers? How do they judge what makes audiences of different ages scared but still understand that fans of horror movies often like to be frightened? Have the public changed their views about what is scary over the last century and how has that changed classification?
Horror has been a popular film genre since the invention of cinema but attitudes to age appropriateness have changed greatly since the establishment of the British Board of Film Classification in 1912.
In this illustrated presentation with clips, debate and discussion, an Education Officer from the BBFC will discuss concerns about horror in different eras including: key horror decisions; the H for Horrific certificate (which formed the basis of X and then later 18), and more recent updates to classifying scary films for audiences of all ages.
The session also covers the treatment of horror films for kids, the changing attitudes to supernatural threat, tone and intensity, and how the BBFC responds to horror scenes and tropes that turn up in films of other genres.
Four Weeks on Thursdays 7:30 to 9:30 pm from 26 Apr – 17 May 2018
Lecturer: Neil Mcenery-West
The course will take place in the Education Room at Hackney Picturehouse
Through a combination of theory, group discussion, and analysis of clips, this course will introduce students to principles of cinematography and how it operates as a visual language. We will explore both how this language has developed over time as well as current practices, giving an understanding of the use of cinematography to express mood, character, and story in films.
The course will be of interest to filmmakers as well as those looking to gain a deeper understanding of film history and the role of cinematography in visual story telling.
Week one: Beginnings:
Explore the origins of cinematography and how its initial characteristics were formed.
Week two: Formalising the language:
This week will examine the changes that technological advances and creative innovation contributed in establishing a ‘standardised’ language during the ‘golden age’ of Hollywood Cinema.
Week Three, Rebels and innovators:
We will look at the movements such as the avant garde and new wave, that have contradicted and consciously moved against the established language of cinematography.
Week four: Future of film:
How have digital innovations changed the boundaries of what is achievable in cinematography, and by whom? This week will look at current practices in cinematography and consider future possibilities in evolution of the form.
Tickets are £60 for the full four week course (£55 concession / £50 Picturehouse Members).
6-week Evening Film Course , 29 May to 3 July 2018, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00
Lecturer: Mary Wild
Science fiction films portray phenomena that reach beyond the provable realms of mainstream science, featuring artificial intelligence, alien worlds, extrasensory perception, advanced technology and intergalactic travel. Such stories sometimes produce political or social commentary, expressing complex philosophical concerns related to the human condition.
Depicting endless possibilities in the vastness of the cosmos, science fiction is a unique genre in cinema, revealing insights about our collective unconscious and inner worlds. In this 6-week course, we will regard outer space as a grand metaphor for the human psyche, relying on psychoanalysis as the theoretical framework to uncover hidden emotional activity manifested in symbolic form.
Sigmund Freud believed that, because of the unconscious, we are aliens to ourselves. Beneath the threshold of awareness, there are irrational fears, buried memories, conflicting desires and secret dimensions to ourselves that we would rather not confront at an individual level and in wider society. This might explain the tendency in science fiction cinema to convey extraterrestrial lifeforms as hostile, invading and threatening the human species - it is simply a manifestation in outer space of an internal perception. The process of creating and watching these visual metaphors involves catharsis, releasing psychic tension.
See below for list of films to be analysed. Advance viewing is optional, select scenes and montages will be shown on the day.
Week 1: Topography:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Contact (1997), Interstellar (2014)
Week 2: Identity:
Another Earth (2011), AI: Artificial Intelligence (2001), Moon (2009)
Week 3: Society:
Cube (1997), The Matrix (1999), Brazil (1985)
Week 4: Extraterrestrials:
Alien (1979), Event Horizon (1997), Under The Skin (2013)
Week 5: Ontology:
Coherence (2013), Ex Machina (2015), Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Week 6: Transcendence:
The Signal (2014), Lucy (2014), Sunshine (2007)
Tickets are £70 for the full four week course (£65 concession / £60 Picturehouse Members).