Hone your critical approach to film and how you communicate your ideas to others in this practical introduction to film criticism
You might know your Scorsese from your Spielberg, but it takes more than an encyclopaedic knowledge of film to make a critic. In this intensive one-day course, Time Out Film Editor Dave Calhoun shows you how to translate your knowledge into informative, engaging and even occasionally infuriating reviews. With practical activities to set your critical mind whirring, and a session from a guest film critic, you'll learn how to communicate to different audiences and in different formats – whether it's in print or online, or on radio and television.
Participants will receive a short viewing list of films to fuel the day's discussions and there will be an optional film review assignment to complete after the class, with individual feedback provided.
Whether you're just starting out or looking to hone the skills you have, you'll leave with greater confidence and a clearer understanding of the secret to a great review.
Tutor and speaker profile
Dave Calhoun is the Film editor at Time Out London. He has written on film for The Guardian, The Observer, The Times, Sight & Sound and other publications, and he regularly broadcasts on Sky TV and BBC Radio and TV and hosts film events at cinemas across London. He was previously Deputy editor of Dazed & Confused magazine.
Andrew Pulver has been working at the Guardian since 1993, and in that time has been film editor of the Guide, G2 film editor, and editor,theguardian.com/film. Among his current duties is film reviews editor of Film & Music.
Date: Sunday 6 April 2014
Location: The Guardian, 90 York Way, King's Cross, London, N1 9GU
Price: £229 (includes VAT, booking fees, lunch and refreshments)
Event capacity: 20
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