Stephen Longstaffe (Literature & Film Appreciation)
Film historian from Lancaster
Film is so often born out of Literature, so Film-based courses, based upon common literary threads, seems a great way to develop appreciation.
Stephen is a retired university lecturer, and has spent the past thirty years teaching film, drama, creative writing and literature at a range of UK universities, most recently the University of Nottingham. He has also taught a range of adult education courses, and is a regular theatre reviewer.
His books and other research are mostly on historical drama, and his favourite approach is to take a well-known text or film and use historical context and informal discussion to enhance understanding and appreciation. This can yield fascinating insights for even quite recent works.
Genres Stephen is preparing for us include: Horror, Fantasy, Lewis Carrol, Dickens, Screwball Comedy...
Boris Karloff as the Monster (Bride of Frankenstein 1936)