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Social Commentary and Contemporary Cinema (18)

Join tutor Connor Winterton for this one-day course that explores how allegory and metaphor are used for social commentary in cinema.

Join tutor Connor Winterton for this one-day course that explores how allegory and metaphor are used for social commentary in cinema.


Throughout the history of cinema, film has been used as a means to comment on prevalent issues in society and culture; sometimes through ‘realist’ stories and sometimes through narratives that rely on allegory, metaphor and symbolism to communicate a message.


This fascinating one-day course, led by tutor Connor Winterton, explores how metaphor, allegory and symbolism have been used as social commentary in contemporary cinema, and looks at work from different international filmmakers and cinematic periods, including Michael Haneke, Bong Joon-Ho, Jordan Peele, and case studies from queer cinema.


Course Breakdown:


10:30: Intro and ice-breakers

10:45: What are allegory and metaphor?

11:00: Bong Joon-Ho and Class Dynamics in Snowpiercer(2013) and Parasite (2019)

11:45: Jordan Peele and race relations in Get Out (2016) and US (2019)

13:00: LUNCH

13:45: Masculinity and Metaphor: American Psycho (1999 and Fight Club (1999)

14:30:  Allegories of AIDS in Safe (1995) and Stranger by the Lake (2013)

15:15: Michael Haneke and allegories of nation and national identity: Cache (Hidden, 2005) and The White Ribbon (2009)

16:00: FINISH


This course will be delivered in person at Phoenix, in our 30-seater Screen Room. Capacity is limited to 9 participants to enable social distancing.


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Saturday 30 Oct 202110:30am Book Now