History on film study day

Tuesday 28th May 2019

Yolande Paterson Theatre, St Helen’s & St Katherine’s school, Faringdon Road Abingdon OX14 1BE

The aim of the course is to examine the value of the four films as works of history. Attention will be given to the screenplay, visual effects, music and so on to demonstrate that realism and a large budget is not always the best way to either stimulate interest or enhance understanding. Justin Hardy is the country’s leading maker of historical films who has spent his working life developing historical film as a medium to both entertain and instruct. He is best known for 37 Days: The Countdown to World War 1, the British TV mini-series shown on BBC in March 2014. He has made numerous films about the period 1660-1820, including A Harlot’s Progress. Laurence Brockliss is emeritus professor of Early-Modern French History at the University of Oxford who is a specialist on eighteenth-century Britain and Europe.

Provisional Programme:

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and coffee

10.30 – 10.40 Welcome, intro. & housekeeping

10.40 – 11.40 The Empress: Catherine the Great of Russia Film: Catherine the Great (1996). Dir. Marvin J Chomsky and John Goldsmith

11.40 – 11.50 Comfort break

11.55 – 13.00 The Queen: Marie Antoinette Film: Marie Antoinette (2007). Dir. Sofia Coppola

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.05 – 15.00 The Kept Woman: Emma Hamilton Film: Bequest to the Nation (1973). Dir. James Cellan Jones

15.00 – 15.45 The Prostitute: Hogarth’s Harlot Film: A Harlot’s Progress (2006) Dir. Justin Hardy

15.45 – 16.00 Roundup

PLEASE NOTE: Disabled parking is available. Please ensure you use the gate to the general car park, not Deliveries!

The Events Day Fee is £12 TVN U3A members, £14 for non-TVA U3A members, which includes participation in the full programme, tea/coffee at registration and a cold buffet.

Please inform Fay of any dietary requirements. Directions will be detailed in Joining Instructions, which will be circulated one month ahead of the actual event. All enquiries to Fay Sinai (fay.sinai@icloud.com) Ph. 07773635261/01235 537677



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