Education: 6-Week Reading Pictures Evening Course @ IFI

The IFI’s spring evening course will return to first principles with an introductory look at film studies. Running over six weeks, each evening will start with a screening of a selected film by a guest speaker who will use it as a springboard for a talk about key aspects of film theory such as cinematography, sound, style, narrative, the role of the critic and the filmmaker. The fine line-up of speakers includes Jim Sheridan and Irish Times film critic Tara Brady.

The varied programme reflects the passions and expertise of the guest speakers while also providing a rare opportunity to see six critically-acclaimed and much-studied films in the cinema. The course will take a back to basics approach and no previous study is required, just a passion for film and a desire to see more.

  • Week 1 – Narrative: The Verdict by Sydney Lumet, followed by talk from Dr. Diog O Connell (IADT)
  • Week 2 – Cinematography: The Conformist by Bernardo Bertolucci, followed by talk from Director of Photography Baz Al-Rawi
  • Week 3 – Style: Repulsion by Roman Polanski, followed by a talk from writer, director and lecturer Steven Benedict
  • Week 4 – Sound: Silence by Pat Collins, followed by a talk from producer, sound engineer and lecturer Geoffrey Perrin
  • Week 5 – The Critic: Blue Velvet by David Lynch, followed by a talk from Irish Times film critic Tara Brady
  • Week 6 – The Filmmaker: The Battle of Algiers by Gilles Pontecorvo, followed by director Jim Sheridan in conversation with Dr. Ruth Barton (TCD)

The complete course costs €70 (€65 concs). The course will run from March 3rd – April 7th on consecutive Tuesdays except for March 18th which is a Wednesday. To book tickets call Sharon Corrigan on 01 6795744 or email

Film tickets not individually sold. Order of screenings may vary.