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FI318 - British Cinema

  • Module code: FI318
  • Module name: British Cinema
  • Department: Film and Television Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will build on work done in the second year of the degrees during the National Cinemas course, developing and enriching understanding of the constraints, history and possibilities of audio-visual fiction in Britain. Historical aspects of the course will vary in sympathy with the second year syllabus, but the emphasis of this module will be on low-budget contemporary film, and understanding this cinema within a broader social and cultural context which includes the importance of television to British audio-visual culture.

Principal learning outcomes

Demonstrate a good understanding of the contours of recent British cinema and detailed knowledge of key case study texts. Demonstrate knowledge of the complex interplay of film and television within the British audio-visual landscape. Relate new fictional productions in British film and television to the history of both media more broadly, and offer historically informed critical judgements of the strengths and weaknesses of new work. Further develop in both oral and written form, ability to research and present argument fully supported by evidence from a range of sources.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly lectures, screenings and seminars.

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Other essential notes

This is a 15 CATs module.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FI318-15)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Film and Literature (QW25) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Film Studies (W620) - Year 3