Price: £75 full / £54 members & concessions / £38 under 25

You’ve dreamed of La Dolce Vita, marvelled at The Great Beauty, cried with Cinema Paradiso, and shuddered with Suspiria, but are you familiar with what Italians consider unmissable classics of their filmic culture? Are you curious about the contemporary indie directors leading the Renaissance of Italian cinema? This course, about Italian cinema’s cultural cornerstones and contemporary innovators, introduces participants to the old and new hidden gems of the country’s production. 

Over the course of ten weeks, we will discuss the filmmakers whose work hasn’t received the same attention, in the anglophone world, as the Neorealist or Giallo directors. The focus, instead, will be on the contemporary independents and arthouses, and the films that influenced them. 

Whilst a nod to those ever-influential names is inevitable, the course aims to guide its students through a range of lesser-known films that tell stories of different genres with Italy at the heart. We will consider movies such as Pietro Marcello’s The Mouth of the Wolf, Mario Monicelli’s My Friends, Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea and Matteo Garrone’s Dogman, as we try to uncover the hidden sides of Italy.


Tutors: Nick Davie and Valentina Ananìa 

Duration: 10 weeks 

When: Monday evenings from Monday 13 May, 7pm–8.30pm (no session on Bank Holiday Monday 27 May)

Price: £75 full / £54 members & concessions / £38 under 25


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