The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film
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date_range Starts on June 7, 2021
event_note Ends on June 28, 2021
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assignment Level : Introductory
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timer 9 hours in total

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Explore the early history of film in the late Victorian era, its impact and appeal with this online film history course from The British Film Institute.

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This course is designed for anyone with a passion for film and Victorian and British history. This includes lecturers, teachers and students of film, media, history or English literature.



  • Investigate the late Victorian period in Britain. Unravel and discuss common myths about the era, and examine what Victorian films reveal about the society that produced them.
  • Examine how film became a key medium to explore the rapidly-changing Victorian world; both at home and abroad. Discover why a phantom ride isn’t as scary as it sounds, and have the opportunity to make your own to share with peers.
  • Explore the Victorian imagination and learn about what audiences watched and why. Watch and examine a wide variety of films from comedies and trick films to serious dramas and adaptations.
  • Draw parallels with the visual spectacles available in Victorian period and our own multimedia landscape.
  • Programme a dynamic play bill for a Victorian audience and explain your choices.


Mark Reid
I’ve been working at the BFI in London for nearly 20 years, looking after a range of education programs and projects. Before that, I taught in schools in south London as an English and Media teacher.

Gemma Starkey
I’m a producer and educator at the BFI specializing in working with our archive collections and cultural programs. To date, I’ve made over 40 short films that explore the UK’s rich film heritage.

Bryony Dixon
I’m a curator at the BFI National Archive - the UK’s national archive for film, TV, and online moving image. I specialize in our earliest films from 1895 to 1930




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