EMC CPD Online: Approaches to Teaching Classical/New Hollywood for A Level Film Studies (21.9.21)

In this session, Dr Steve Connolly will explore key texts from the 1930-1990 Hollywood period along with later, post-1990 films in order to give participants a strong sense of what A-Level students might need to know about the contexts which surround cinema at this time. Focusing on a number of films which crossover both the WJEC Component 1 and OCR Film History sections of A-Level Film specifications, the course will explore not only the cinematographic and formal elements of the film texts themselves, but also issues of auteur/studio production, censorship, the economics of cinema and the political, cultural and social environments in which these films were made. This course will be ideal for all teachers of A-Level film, both experienced and less so, but particularly those who want to give more context to the films that they are teaching. 

This is an EMC lecture, with Q&A. These lectures, from experts in their field, are designed to refresh and enrich teacher subject knowledge.

Further details

  • This course will be recorded but participants will not be audible or visible.


  • If relevant, course materials will be sent the day before the course in the email with your joining instructions. Please either print these out or have them available on screen during the session.
  • After the session you will receive the PowerPoint presentation, any resources used on the course and a £5 voucher to use against any purchase on www.englishandmedia.co.uk
  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutor: Dr Steve Connolly

Steve Connolly has been a teacher of Media and Film for more than 25 years. He currently works in Higher Education and has researched and written about a wide range of topics in Media and Film. 

Information about booking your place and joining the course

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