Film Club

Film Club

John Wischmeyer

Event Hours(2)

  • Tuesday

    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

    'In-House' Monthly Lectures

  • Tuesday

    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

    On Zoom

Film Club, Tuesdays

Zoom – 12.00 – 1.30

In-house Screenings – 10.30 -12.00

John is running weekly online Zoom sessions on ‘New Hollywood, New Wave’ these will be interspersed with a monthly screening of ‘Films You May Have Missed in Lockdown’ at The Avenue Club

NEW HOLLYWOOD, NEW WAVE: Sixties/Seventies Cinema

This online course is about the new type of movies starting to reflect   social and cultural currents. Bonnie and Clyde rode the new wave into Hollywood just after Blow Up exploded in swinging London, and they paved the way for Two Lane Blacktop and Easy Rider. Things would never be the same again. It’s about directors taking risks, betting the rules would change by the time their movie was released. And they bet right. It all happened so fast. Moviemakers sensed the conditions for a new kind of Hollywood movie and when the moment arrived, they were ready with M*A*S*H, Harold & Maude,  Medium Cool, 2001, The Wild Bunch, and Night Moves. ‘It felt like there was an amazing new film every week making a powerful impression – to this day!’

Some of the Films to be shown and discussed are:

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Bonnie and Clyde, Medium Cool, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Midnight Cowboy, M*A*S*H, Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, Harold & Maude, The Kid Stays in the Picture, The Wild Bunch, Night Moves, Deliverance, The Conversation, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, Chinatown, Nashville + plus your choices.

FILMS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED IN LOCKDOWN including: Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Nomadland, The Father, Promising Young Woman, In the Heights.

Please find below, the schedule for this term:

12th October                                  Zoom

19th October                                  Zoom

26th October                                  In House Movie – Nomadland 

2nd November                               Zoom

9th November                                Zoom

16th November                             Zoom

23rd November                             In House Movie – In the Heights

7th December                                Zoom

14th December                              In House Cinematic Christmas Cracker!!


About the instructor

John Wischmeyer, The Film Club Facilitator at the Avenue Club, KewJohn Wischmeyer teaches courses on cinema at City Literary Institute in Covent Garden and at the BFI South Bank. He ran his own cinema in West London, treating it as part of the community and showing new and independent work where possible. He has been teaching since 1999. His first course was about Hitchcock’s centenary year. He continues to teach on a wide variety of subjects including Southern Gothic, Contemporary and Current Cinema, Film Noir and Neorealism, Masters of Cinema (David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, the Coen Brothers) and French New Wave.