This course takes place in person.
Iconic and evocative London locations, both real and recreated, are a feature of various films by Hitchcock, who grew up in London and loved the metropolis.
This course will explore Hitchcock’s representation of London, including scenes of real-life ‘20s Trafalgar Square and ‘70s Covent Garden. You will learn about Hitchcock’s early career in the city that shaped him, plus his final return to home turf.
This topic will be explored through viewing and analysis of film extracts, tutor presentations and class discussions. Film extracts will include Blackmail (1929), Frenzy(1972), The Lodger (1927), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 / 1956) and Sabotage (1936).
Who is this course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in film and a curiosity to learn more about cinema. You are not required to have any prior film knowledge of or familiarity with the films under discussion.
Will I need any equipment or materials?
You will need a notebook and pen to take notes. You are not required to purchase any textbooks or to arrange access to the films.
Hilary is a great tutor, and her ability to make it an open and inclusive experience is fantastic.
This course will be taught through a combination of tutor presentations and group discussions.
How we’re keeping you safe
April 2022 update: Keeping you safe and healthy is our number one priority.
If you test positive for Covid-19 or are asked to isolate and are not able to attend your class or pre-booked event, please contact the Bishopsgate Box Office for further information (email@example.com). Please do not come to the Institute in person if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
Wearing a face mask is no longer compulsory but we ask you to consider others when in our building and especially when spending time in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. You will see many of our staff and volunteers continuing to wear face masks and we are keeping the perspex screens at our reception desks.
Bishopsgate Institute has strict cleaning protocols in place and ventilation throughout the building. There are hand-sanitising stations available throughout the building and touch-free drinking fountains. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe.
We provide a number of funded bursaries to people who find it hard to pay the full or concessionary rates. Find out more information on how to apply.
Photograph taken during location filming for Frenzy. Director Alfred Hitchcock is on the right. Production still photographers: Leonard Brown, Frank Barratt © Universal Pictures—All Rights Reserved
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You will learn
- Identify aesthetic qualities and production contexts of selected films
- Identify London-themed films in the filmography of Alfred Hitchcock
- Identify aspects of Hitchcock’s life and career in London.
Meet the Tutors
Hilary Smith is a lecturer in film studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and has also taught at City University London, Imperial College London and Arcadia University.
Hilary has a professional background in film curation and arts administration, and was formerly a curator and programme manager for BFI Southbank (formerly known as the National Film Theatre) at the British Film Institute.
Hilary has received a Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship Award for ‘an outstanding contribution to teaching and learning’.
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- 11:00 - 17:00
- £66/£50 concession
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