The scale and variety of cinema production across the globe is sometimes disguised by the aggressive and successful exporting and marketing strategies of Hollywood cinema. This unit of study explores some non-Hollywood cinemas from both English speaking and non-English speaking worlds along with the contexts of their production. Students are encouraged to appreciate the aesthetic qualities and traditions of various national film industries, and genres. They explore the relationships between national cinema industries and the transferability and adaptability of cultural forms. 

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On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review a diverse range of films with reference to distinct cultural traditions, modes and genres of world cinemas;  
  2. Interrogate the diversity of cinema production outside the dominant Hollywood model;  
  3. Analyse international film genres and styles with use of theoretical texts; and  
  4. Critically reflect upon relationships between cinema genre, national cinema and national cultures.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Film review (500 words) 20%
Creative Works Short video on cinema genre (equivalent to 1000 words) 30%
Presentation In class presentation 20%
Essay Essay based on European, Hollywood and Asian films (1200 words) 30%

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