Film and Theatre module (EN42027)

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Module code


  • Level 4
  • Semester 2
  • English - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • HYBRID English-Film module.


This module will appeal to students with an interest in literature, creative writing and performance as well as those with an interest in cinema and twentieth century visual culture.

The module will focus on the work of 20th Century British and American playwrights who have adapted their own work for the cinema and will examine the collaboration between writer and director.

The module will also engage with the art of screenwriting, film and theatre censorship in Britain and America; and how the ideas of dramatic theorists such as Brecht and Stanislavski have influenced cinema.

Students will also be able to examine the role of the film director in these works and address what is meant by the terms "theatrical" and "cinematic".


The following to be confirmed

  • Week 1: Introduction: Terrence Rattigan and Anthony Asquith: The Browning Version + Ronald Harwood and Istvan Szabo: Taking Sides
  • Week 2: Peter Schaffer and Milos Foreman Amadeus + David Storey and Lindsay Anderson: In Celebration
  • Week 4: Noel Coward and David Lean: Brief Encounter + Lillian Hellman and William Wyler: The Little Foxes
  • Week 6: Tennessee Williams and Elia Kazan: A Streetcar Named Desire + Robert Bolt and Fred Zinnemann: A Man for All Seasons
  • Week 8: Shelia Delaney and Tony Richardson: A Taste of  Honey+ Charles Wood and Richard Lester: Dingo How I Won the War
  • Week 10: Sam Shepherd and Robert Altman: Fool For Love + David Mamet and James Foley: Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Week 12: Ariel Dorfman and Roman Polanski: Death and the Maiden + Terry Johnson and Nicholas Roeg: Insignificance
  • Week 13: End of term screenings and discussion: Moira Buffini and Neil Jordan: Byzantium+ Tracey Letts and William Friedkin: Bug


  • Presentation 30%
  • Essay 70%


  • Robert Knopf (ed), Theatre and Film: A Comparative (Yale U.P., 2004)
  • Ronald Harwood, Adaptations: From Other Works into Film (Guerrilla, 2007) 


This module is available on following courses: