Somerville Secondary College

Film and Fiction

Featured Learning AreaEnglish
Additional Learning AreasMedia, Humanities
Learning Capabilities DevelopedCritical/Creative Thinking


After the 15th anniversary of Youtube in 2020, it’s a perfect time to reflect on how the internet video viewing platform has changed the way that people engage with their favourite films, as well as each other. While movie reviews have always been with us, Youtube has expanded the ways in which fandoms can immerse themselves in the worlds of their favourite films and then critique the ways in which the films are created. Film and Fiction is a subject which explores the history of cinema from the early beginnings of cinematographic motion pictures through silent films, the invention of colour, and into the era of the modern blockbuster, all through the eyes of reviewers. The unit will also cover the ways in which films are consumed and critiqued online these days, with lively discussions about whether or not our fandoms have finally gone too far and criticised our favourite films to the point where we can’t enjoy them anymore.

This is the English elective for all the people out there who have ever argued about a film with their friend, and would love the chance to do it again.