We decided to watch a film of our own choice during the month. During our scheduled Film as Literature class time, we will write up some thoughts about the film and share this with the rest of the class. This worked well for our April 8 time. There was a wide range of films watched and it was interesting to read about these. I would be interested in watching some if I can source them, and I am sure other member of the class would also be interested in following up on some of them. Films watched included Brassed Off, Arthur Newman, Bran Nue Dae, The Physician, The Stranger (a Netflix series), the new Phryne Fisher movie, Lion, and Shaun the Sheep. In general, the class members enjoyed the process and are interested in continuing until we can resume our usual class sessions.
You may have seen on the website that all U3A classes have now been cancelled. This related mainly to classes where people are together. I have checked with Dorothy and she has agreed that on-line classes can go ahead where an approach can be worked out. I would like to try the idea that I shared with you a few days ago. And to make this easier, I am asking your permission to share your email address with the rest of the class. If I do not hear from you, I will assume that you agree to this.
The process as I see it will be as follows:
To help you focus your comments, you could use the following ideas:
Remember if you do not want me to share your email address with the rest of the class, you need to get back to me as a matter of urgency. I will send out the complete list of class members with email addresses by Tuesday. I hope that you will all participate in this process. It gives us a chance to keep in touch with the rest of the class. This is particularly important as we find ourselves more isolated over the coming weeks.
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You may have seen on the U3A Page that we are not able to use the Library for our classes until further notice. With the class the size it is, it is not practical to meet in another venue unless a time slot opens up in the U3A room. This will not be known until we know which classes will continue.
BPACC is still operating, but the program of films screening is changing – it has already changed twice. As I let you know earlier this week, the two films we nominated for our April discussion have both been dropped from the program – mainly because the distributors want to hold them until they can be sure of a reasonable audience level. In other words they do not want to lose money. You can see the latest program at http://bpacc.com.au/benalla-cinema/#coming-soon. There are extra screenings of “Call of the Wild” and “Onward” is now screening from 26 March. Both of these are on the list I handed out at the March class.
I have been thinking about how we can still watch a film and share our thoughts without meeting face to face. My best idea so far is the following:
So my question now is whether you like this approach for keeping the class going. Please respond and let me know, or if you have a different idea for keeping our involvement in Film going while we are having problems meeting as a group. It is essential that you let me know your thoughts or I will not be able to proceed.
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Do you enjoy watching films? Do you find discussing films adds to your enjoyment? Do you find that you can better understand a movie by hearing and sharing thoughts about the film? We certainly do. At our Film Discussion classes we discuss a film we have watched during the month. In 2023:
BPACC sell books of ten tickets for $100.00 (Meaning the films only cost $10 each) or I will have individual tickets available for $10 from a book prepurchased.
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2 pm to 3.30 pm
U3A Meeting Room 1 (from August 2023)
The things we will watch for in viewing the film include:
Did you enjoy the film? What in particular did you like?
Was there anything that you did not like?
What did you think about the cinematography?
What did you think of the performances? Any strong performances that stand out? Any weak performances that spoilt the film?
Overall rating out of 5.
Films over time:
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