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Film Studies

WJEC Eduqas Film Studies for A Level & AS: Student Book

Author(s): Lisa Wardle, Ellen Cheshire, Mark Ramey, Jenny Stewart

awarding body: WJEC/Eduqas

level: A Level and AS

isbn: 978-1-911208-44-0

subject: Film Studies

Pages: 360pp



“Astonishingly good.  The book is very well written and tells you exactly what you need to know.” 5 star Amazon review

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Endorsed by WJEC Eduqas and written by experienced Film Studies authors and teachers, the Student Book provides high-quality content, insight and analysis

Richly illustrated with photographs that exemplify and illustrate the key concepts, theories and critical scenes

Concepts are explored through in-depth case study chapters on 14 films from the specification including: Casablanca, Bonnie and Clyde, La La Land, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Trainspotting, Sightseers, Mustang, Taxi Tehran, Stories We Tell, Sunrise, Buster Keaton shorts, Pulp Fiction, Daisies and Saute ma Ville, as well as references to many other films

Key definitions and independent activity suggestions introduce and reinforce the key terminology involved and broaden knowledge of the genres under study

Stretch and Challenge activities enable a deeper understanding of the concepts and theories

Includes study skills, practice questions and answers to introduce the assessment criteria and to build confidence



Part 1 – Core Study Areas

Section 1 - The Key Elements of Film Form       

Section 2 – Meaning and Response

Section 3 – The contexts of film

Part 2 – Specialist Study Areas or ‘Case Studies’

Section 1 – Varieties of film and filmmaking

Section 2 – Global filmmaking perspectives

Part 3 – Production

Study and Revision Skills

Practice questions with teacher feedback


About the authors

Lisa Wardle followed a degree in English Literature and American Studies with postgraduate study of Film at the University of Nottingham. She has taught on the A-Level Film Studies and A-Level Media Studies courses at Sussex Downs Lewes College for fourteen years. She is also the Education Manager at Depot cinema in Lewes bringing film education to the wider community.

Jenny Stewart was awarded an MA with distinction in Mass Communications and has recently completed a PhD thesis on London locations in post-war British cinema at the University of Leicester. Jenny has over 15 years' experience teaching A Level Film Studies and A Level Media Studies in sixth form colleges. She currently teaches on undergraduate Film Studies degrees at University of Leicester and De Montfort University. 

Mark Ramey has an MA in Philosophy from the University of Southampton and has taught A level Film since 2000 at various sixth form colleges in the South of England. Mark is a regular contributor to the English and Media Centre’s quarterly publication Media Magazine, and has published work on the film Fight Club for Auteur, and on film representation for the BFI. He is currently Head of Film at Collyers College in Horsham, West Sussex.

Ellen Cheshire has a BA (Hons) in Film and English and a MA in Gothic Studies. She has taught Film at Undergraduate and A Level. She has published books on Bio-Pics, Jane Campion, Ang Lee, Audrey Hepburn and The Coen Brothers and contributed chapters to books on James Bond and Charlie Chaplin, Silent Film, UK Counterculture, Fantasy Films and War Movies.