SAE UK launches virtual film club for students

11 Jun 2020

The first rule of film club is you do talk about films 

SAE Liverpool SEO Alex Hannah has established a new film club where student movie fanatics can come together and share their thoughts on a range of cinematic releases.

The first Film club will take place on Friday 12 June, at 3.30 pm via Zoom, and will consist of a discussion of Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing. 

Each week, SAE students will be told in advance a film to watch in their own time, and then they can dial into the Zoom meeting for an informal discussion about the themes, construction and share their thoughts on the film. 

This is a cross-campus initiative and is just one of the many ways that SAE is connecting students from across its four UK campuses during lockdown. This event is also open to all SAE students, not just Digital Film Production students! 

SAE Liverpool SEO Alex Hannah said: “This club aims to be an informal environment to all students of all disciplines who have an interest and a love of cinema. Come along and observe or join in on the discourse as to what goes into making timeless pieces of art and expand your horizons by discussing films from multiple genres from filmmakers of various backgrounds and walks of life.”

SAE UK Student Experience Manager Adam Lowe said: “Our Student Experience Teams across the UK work endlessly to provide extracurricular activities for our students whilst we face these troubling times. This is just one example of the excellent creativity coming from the team during lockdown, alongside the many other initiatives already in place like mindfulness meditation and virtual quizzes.” 

Proud to be creative 

In recognition of Pride Month, the film that will be discussed on Friday 26 June is Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire. There are lots of other free LGBTQ+ friendly films that have been compiled by as part of Leeds Queer Film Festival here

The schedule is as follows: 

  • Do The Right Thing - Dir. Spike Lee - watch by 12/06/2020 [Available on Amazon & BFI Player to Rent online for £3.50 or on Sky Cinema channel]
  • The Blair Witch Project - Dir. Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez - watch by 19/06/2020 [Available on BBC iPlayer]
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Dir. Céline Sciamma -  watch by 26/06/2020 [Available on Mubi for FREE (sign up with SAE Email) or Amazon & BFI Player to Rent online for £3.50]
  • Good Time - Dir. Safdie Bros - watch by 03/07/2020 [Available on Netflix]

Students will be reminded of the upcoming film to be discussed that week and sent the Zoom link in weekly email communications. 

If you would like any more information about the Film club, please contact Alex Hannah: