No time or money to go back to Uni to study film? Try a film education course at Hackney Picturehouse...

Disclaimer, the Smoke Screen editor has been known to teach the odd film theory and history series at Hackney Picturehouse. The HPH isn't just a cinema, it has space for an education centre on the 1st floor, where there are always multi-week film courses running.

Coming up is a particularly intriguing-sounding course, taught by John Digance; FROM BERLIN TO HOLLYWOOD - starting Tue 13 Oct.

The series explores that group of young film makers, including Billy Wilder, Fred Zinneman, Robert Siodmak and Edgar Ulmer who fled the Nazis in the 1930s to establish careers in the US and elsewere, together with other émigrés from Europe. They brought ideas and styles which would fundamentally change and enrich Hollywood production. Billy Wilder alone directed Double Indemnity, Sunset Boulevard and Some Like it Hot.
This course will take place over six two and a half hour sessions, and include introductions, screenings and discussion. BUY TICKETS FOR FULL COURSE.


Owen Van Spall

Greetings. I am a Film History MA graduate from Birkbeck University of London and a trained NCTJ qualified journalist. Apart from a long history of film and news writing for this site and various other publications, I am also a trained photographer with my own camera kit. I write mostly every day. Along the way I have picked up work experience at Sight & Sound, The Guardian, The Independent, The FT, The New Statesman, and more. I have written hard news stories, features, arranged and conducted interviews with celebrities, film directors and other major cultural figures, arranged photo shoots, and covered film festivals, conferences and events in the UK and abroad. If you wish to commission me or enquire about full-time opportunities please find my CV and contact details below. A physical portfolio of print only cuttings can also be provided.