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Colin Shindler – (Social & Film History)

  • popular Cambridge tutor at both undergraduate and extra-mural level
  • an academic expert American and British film and cultural history
  • was screenwriter of the movie Buster starring Phil Collins and Julie Walters
  • producer of Lovejoy starring Ian McShane
  • wrote and presented the Archive on Four programme on Sport and the Movies for BBC Radio Four
  • books: Manchester United Ruined My Life (1998), Manchester City Ruined My Life (2013), George Best & 21 Others (2004), National Service (2-12),Hollywood Goes To War (1979), Hollywood in Crisis (1996)
  • play Rumours (2013), about Private Eye and the Macmillan government at the time of the Profumo Affair, was BBC Radio Drama of the Week
  • writer & producer of a 6-part 1989 TV drama Young Charlie Chaplin starring Ian McShane & Twiggy
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“Stimulating, fun & really enjoyable – excellent teacher.”

“An excellent course, expertly conducted and meticulously prepared. The tutor’s presentation and manner encourages positive contributions from a group fully at ease with itself.”

“This was a very interesting course. Presented in a different way from other film courses at which I have attended. The tutor was very knowledgeable and had done a lot of preparation so as to enrich the course with relevant film clips.”

September 2019


September 3rd at 18:30 to September 6th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

Change and contradiction: Swinging London never reached Hartlepool, Mary Quant had little impact on Burnley. It was Black and White Minstrels v Cathy Come Home, optimism v fear of nuclear annihilation, industrial decline v social progress, freedoms v Mary Whitehouse. For many of us it was the decade of our youth. What does it look like now fifty years on? (The image here is of the inhabitants of Higham in the 1960s, who were pupils when it was Higham School…

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