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On 20th June 1975 a film was released that smashed all previous box office records and ushered in a whole new era of cinema. The movie was Jaws, now generally regarded as the first example of a phenomenon that continues to the present day – the all-conquering Modern Movie Blockbuster.
Using extracts and full-length screenings of some of the most popular and successful movies of the past four decades – Star Wars, Alien, The Matrix, Towering Inferno, Titanic, Spiderman, Avengers Assemble, Toy Story, Harry Potter, Prometheus – as well as a couple of duds (Catwoman anyone?) this six week course examines ways in which the business, language and landscape of cinema has been changed by this emphasis on blockbuster releases forever.
Has cinema become little more than one product in a chain of multi-media consumer opportunities in the process or do the Sci-fi epics, Disaster flics, Doomed Romances, Boys’ Own Adventures, sequels, prequels and 3D comic book franchises represent a reinvigoration of big screen entertainment, aesthetics and ideas?
The course will be taking place every Monday from 7-9pm for 6 weeks, starting on Monday 11 June.
Steve Pinhay is a television producer, film and television tutor and sometime cartoonist. His TV credits include Saturday Night At The Movies, SMTV Live and Comic Relief and he is a Senior Tutor at the National Film and Television School. Previously Steve was founder/director of Watershed Media Centre in Bristol where he taught numerous Adult Education Courses and Summer Schools as well as interviewing everyone from the Monty Python team to Michael Powell and Daniel Day Lewis.