Courses and screenings

Waterman’s Arts Centre

Covid19 events

No Ticket Required Cinema Club

Once a fortnight we choose a film to watch at home and then ‘meet’ via zoom for a shared discussion, and as an introduction I produce a short video to get you thinking.

Here is a link to one of the previous videos. 

If you want to join (it is free by the way) visit the Waterman’s website and look for this.

Next film Who you think I am with a discussion at 8pm on Monday the 15th June.


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Saturday French Impressions with feature screening. 1pm for talk, 2.30 for feature followed by Q and A. Finish by 5.

(Sample notes here: Téchiné  or The Illusionist)

20th ticket

2019-20 Dates

September  21 Agnès by Varda – her last film See the trailer here. Agnès by Varda was the last film from one of France’s greatest directors and one of the rare women of her generation to succeed in an industry dominated by men. This lovely film serves as her own joyful obituary. I will be choosing clips from her films and put her work in a wider context.

October 26th L’Homme Fidèle and the cinema of Louis Garrel.

November 16th (note date change) the cinema of Robert Bresson with a screening of Une Femme Douce

December 14th  Les Invisibles – a comedy with a social conscience for some Christmas Cheer. With a review of some of the wilder newest French comedies.

January 18th  Doubles Vies the latest film from Olivier Assayas with a look at his work.

February 8th Our Valentine’s Day choice, a newly remastered Parapluies de Cherbourg and the cinema of Jacques Demy.  Please note you will need to supply your own paper hankies.


March 28th – One of the hits of the recent London Film Festival Belle Epoque starring Daniel Auteuil and Fanny Ardant whose career we will look at.

April 25th Céline Sciamma’s award nominated Portrait de la jeune fille en feu (Portrait of a woman on fire) with a look at her work.

May 23rd   Les Miserables. Now confirmed. Not the classic story you may be thinking of but a stunning reworking of the themes set in the suburbs of modern-day Paris. Oscar nominated.

June 20th

VIRUS STOPPED PLAY – SORRY but hope to be back in September.

The Cinema Museum – French Sundaes

2021 Dates!

  • April 11th La Kermesse Héroïque (Carnival in Flanders) one of the great French films of the 30’s. A small town in 17th century Flanders anticipates the invasion of Spanish army. Resist or appease? Their cunning plan proves a surprise to everyone. Jacques Feyder’s award-winning comedy in a newly restored version. More about the film. With a look at the French popular cinema of the 30’s.
  • May 16th    Le Dernier Combat (The last battle), Luc Besson’s storming look at a dystopian post nuclear French landscape with tension, humour and all the traits that led him to become one of France’s most popular directors.  Trailer here.  We will be looking at the director Besson became as introduction.
  • June 13th Un Homme et une femme (A man and a Woman) the quintessential French romance that won its maker, Claude Lelouch, an Oscar and had everyone humming Daaaa Daaaa Daaaa dadidadida daaa daaa daaa dadidadida Here’s a link if you don’t know what I’m talking about . Accompanied by a look at the work of Claude Lelouch.
  • July 11th Swimming Pool François Ozon’s excellent thriller with Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier. Something twisty and funny to finish off the season.


Morley College Waterloo

     0207 450 1889 or online booking for details

     A brief history of Modern French Cinema in 11 classes 1959-2017

      Classes held at the Cinema Museum (see above)                                                    

    Summer term 2019  Tuesday evenings 7.00 to 9.00

I am very pleased that we will have a chance to look at the history of Modern French Cinema.

Booking  here   Again at the lovely Cinema Museum in Kennington.

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“I thought the time line approach and the balance of clips to information was nicely realised.  Plus great infectious enthusiasm from your good self.  Keeping the energy up so important in a group and you got it just right.”

 Current Film and Theatre – Starts again in January.

     PDF of summer term 16 choices as an example

          One week the class visit a film or play and the next week discuss it.

          A chance to learn more about current trends and become your own critic!

“This class took me to films, play and even places I would never have been to by myself – really exciting.’

         Held at Morley College itself. Book now for January 2018 places limited.

Video of how the class works

Other courses, KS3, A level, Film Societies etc. by arrangement.

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