Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Using the BFI’s unique collection of Victorian films this course explored common myths about the period and about early film itself. We examined how film became the key medium for capturing the Victorian world through innovations in visual storytelling and creative techniques. The course covered topics such as the representation of Queen Victoria and the Boer War, comedy and trick films, adaptation, and how to make a phantom ride.

3 weeks, 3 hours per week

Gemma Starkey

Online Learning and Resources Manager

The British Film Institute (BFI)

Mark Reid

Head of UK Learning Programmes

The British Film Institute (BFI)


Learning outcomes

  • Recognise different types of the earliest film materials made in the UK between 1895 and 1901.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how myths and stereotypes of the period have developed and explain what viewpoints might be more appropriate.
  • Assess and discuss the origins of film (and film projection) and be able to identify who the key personalities were in its development.
  • Show some comprehension of the period - the tastes and fashions, along with the entertainment industry itself - by creating a curated film programme for a specific audience.


  • Investigate the late Victorian period in Britain. Unravel and discuss common myths about the era, and examine what Victorian films reveal about the society that produced them.
  • Examine how film became a key medium to explore the rapidly-changing Victorian world; both at home and abroad. Discover why a phantom ride isn’t as scary as it sounds, and have the opportunity to make your own to share with peers.
  • Explore the Victorian imagination and learn about what audiences watched and why. Watch and examine a wide variety of films from comedies and trick films to serious dramas and adaptations.
  • Draw parallels with the visual spectacles available in Victorian period and our own multimedia landscape.
  • Programme a dynamic play bill for a Victorian audience and explain your choices.

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Issued on 1st June 2020

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Free online course:

The Living Picture Craze: An Introduction to Victorian Film

The British Film Institute (BFI)