Reading Film and Television

Module code: HA1007 
Module co-ordinator: Professor James Chapman

This is an introductory core module for Film Studies students. It introduces and develops the skills of textual analysis involved in ‘reading’ a feature film or television programme, focusing on narrative, genre, mise-en-scene and visual style. The module is split between an introduction to how we can ‘read’ a range of films and television programmes, exploring the differences between these screen media as well as the techniques that can be applied to analyzing both.

Amongst the films studied are:

  • Rear Window
  • The Searchers
  • Citizen Kane
  • La Grande Illusion
  • Brief Encounter


  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 20 hours of film screenings


  • Essay 1, 1,500 - 2,000 words (50%)
  • Essay 2, 1,500 - 2,000 words (50%)