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Film Study Group


Get The Picture

This is a great website for anyone wanting to set up a film study group and we thought we would draw it to the attention of our audience.

This is what the first two pages of the website look like, but follow the link above to go to the website and read much more about it there.


What you’ll find here is

  • a tried and tested method for organizing a film study group among your friends, associates or fellow film society/community cinema members (or a mixture of any of the above)
  • a well worked out programme of informal study based on Mark Cousins’ acclaimed series of essay films The Story of Film: An Odyssey
  • free sets of study and guidance notes that have been trialled* to ensure their effectiveness
  • a way of registering your group to receive ongoing support.

Get the Picture is a small group of film education activists dedicated to the proposition that informal film education should be freely available to everyone, everywhere.

The methods and materials available on this site have been shown to provide a group learning experience that is both effective and pleasurable.

How it works

First, you need to get a group together. A group can consist of between four and eight people who buy into the approach described in the Get the Picture Programme guide (go to site). Three is probably too few, and nine is probably too many, but both can be made to work.

Next, the group needs to nominate an enabler. This is the person who registers the group, who chairs the discussions, and who attends to organizational issues like setting meeting dates. To find out more about the enabler’s role, read the advice note How to be an Enabler (go to site).

Once the enabler has registered the group, you should familiarise yourselves with the participant role described in the advice note How to be a Participant (go to site). Participation in the programme works best if everyone is familiar and comfortable with the mutually supportive approach it describes.

Register your group on this site, and you will get a full study pack for your chosen segment, including all the Advice Notes and  Study Notes you need for the segment that your group is registered for (go to site to download a Study Notes example). Distributing these materials is as easy as emailing the link to everyone in your group.

You will need to make sure that everyone has access to the box set of The Story of Film: An Odyssey. We recommend that all participants have their own box set, but groups have functioned reasonably well by sharing access to one or more box sets (they’re readily available from online DVD suppliers in the UK). If you’re sharing, access to the box set will need careful management.

Have an organizing meeting to set your discussion dates and make sure everyone has access to the resources they need, and you’re all set!

If anyone feels like setting up a group in Seaford, let us know and we will do our best to help.



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