Cinematic Authorship: Writing the Film Director

Course code FMCS3800Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Examines the concept of the director as a film's author from a range of different theoretical, cultural and historical perspectives and how such figuration has been 'written' both on-screen and off. Important directors, films and scholarship in this area will be considered via some select 'case studies' in which to consider different aesthetic approaches through which we can trace divergent notions of authorship and its various problematisations.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
ObjectivesUpon successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:

(1) a detailed engagement with the critical and theoretical debates about authorship in the cinema across different historical and cultural contexts;
(2) a well-developed ability to apply a range of authorship approaches to the work of particular film directors; and
(3) high-level skills in textual, historical and cultural analysis of films with a depth and focus appropriate to upper-level postgraduate study.
ContentThis course examines:

* films by a select group of directors making up 'case studies' by which to examine and assess different debates about authorship in the cinema
* the notion of cinema authorship as personified in the figure of the director, ranging from its influence as a critical approach in regards to the textual analysis of films to the ways that different films themselves construct or problematise various understandings of the author
* the implications of applying a category such as directorial authorship to films in terms of production, interpretation, and cultural debate.
Replacing Course(s)FILM3260 Cinematic Authorship: Writing the Film Director and FILM3160 Transnational Film Directors.
TransitionStudents are not permitted to enrol in FMCS3800 Cinematic Authorship: Writing the Film Director, if they have previously completed FILM3260 Cinematic Authorship: Writing the Film Director or FILM3160 Transnational Film Directors.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge20 units of 1000-level FILM courses.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLaboratory
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsA minor essay of 1,500 words analysing in depth a film from the course due mid-term, worth 30%
Essays / Written AssignmentsA research exercise of 1,000 words, due in the second half of semester, 20%
Essays / Written AssignmentsA Major Essay of 2,500-3,000 words, due during examination period, worth 50%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for FMCS3800