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GCSE Film Studies

The course encourages you to take a closer look at a range of films produced in America and in the UK to develop a critical understanding of how they all appeal to different audiences. The Hate U Give and The Hurt Locker are films that could be studied when focusing on American film.  The course looks at a variety of English-speaking films such as older classics like ET as well as more recent English-speaking films that have achieved global success, for example JoJo Rabbit. We also look at one non-English film that has achieved global success such as The Farewell and consider changes to having access to view such films via streaming and other changes to film technology and viewing.

The course is assessed by one piece of independent coursework, which includes some practical production work, and final examinations on specific film topics. The exam topics include key developments in US film, global film styles as well as contemporary UK film.  All exam aspects of the course study a range of texts, some from the past and some that are current now. The production work covers specific skills such as developing an idea for a film then shooting and editing a short sequence as well as providing opportunities for screenwriting and script development.