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insight4me Film Studies: Experimental Film (1960-2000) With University Of Nottingham & University Of East Anglia

March 9 @ 12:45 - 13:45




insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12 & 13 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, in this case, Film Studies is taught.

In this insight4me Film Studies webinar for schools and colleges, University of East Anglia and University of Nottingham will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. Within an overall session theme of Experimental Film (1960-2000), the universities have the freedom to choose their own topic and use the time to convey the key points of the case studies for the students.

Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the Film Studies spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond A-levels, T-levels, IB, BTEC and equivalent qualifications.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of Film can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

Full details of the universities and their talks are below: 

  • University of East Anglia: Jacqueline Griffin, a Doctoral Candidate from the School of Art, Media, and American Studies will present From Whence It Came: The Surprising Influence of Experimental Film on Hollywood. Some of the biggest directors in cinema history, like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Francis Ford Coppola, began making films in the 60s and 70s. While these filmmakers carved their own empires into Hollywood cinema, they took influence from every aspect of the film industry, even experimental film. Techniques and stylistic impulses that were first popularised by avant-grade filmmakers became popularised to such an extent that many are no longer even considered experimental. Some of your favourite blockbusters of the last few years just might have its roots in a tiny art house film from the 1960s.
  • University of Nottingham: Dr Lucy Bradnock, associate professor of art history from the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies, explores the work of artists and experimental filmmakers Bruce Conner (A Movie) and Wallace Berman (Aleph, described by Stan Brakhage as “the only true envisionment of the sixties”). Wallace Berman and Bruce Conner, whose films of the 1960s embody the intersection of avant-garde art and popular culture, and explore the tension between film as a series of flickering images and film as a physical material. As they worked in close geographical proximity to Hollywood, California artists of the 1960s pushed the physical and imaginative boundaries of what film could be.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.



Suitable for: Year 12 & 13 students (and equivalent) studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Film Studies and related disciplines.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the 2 topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Film at university level.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



March 9
12:45 - 13:45
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