EMC CPD Online: Spectatorship in A Level Film (21.6.21)

Course content

Mark Dixon explores a number of approaches that can be used to help students tackle spectatorship questions for A Level Film. From Stuart Hall’s reception theory to Richard Wollheim’s concept of central and a-central imagining, contemporary academic studies challenge the notion that films produce fixed meanings. This session explores a number of analytical models that learners can use to unlock the rich variety of readership possibilities that films present, including: 

  • Determined spectatorship and character alignment effects.
  • Dominant, negotiated and oppositional readership.
  • Emotional versus intellectual spectatorship.
  • Central and a-central imagining.

The session explores key readings of the approaches outlined above, including applications for set texts films from both the Eduqas and OCR specification. The session also considers the role that viewing conditions play in determining audience responses.

Further details

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


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  • A recording of the session will be available for 7 days after the event.

Course tutor: Mark Dixon

Mark Dixon is a freelance writer and lead teacher at Durham Sixth Form Centre. He is the author of Media Theory for A Level: The Essential Revision Guide and a regular contributor to MediaMagazine.

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