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Bi-weekly – Week 2 ; Wednesday ; 10am – 12pm

Term 1 via Zoom; Term 2 Tartu (tbc)

This workshop is about the Human Condition.  It will exam interpretations of love, sex, death, taxes and the Seven Deadly sins, (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride) in the films of some of Hollywood great writer-directors  – using film clips and scenes from the screenplays of Billy Wilder, (Sunset Boulevard,  Some Like it Hot), Preston Sturges (Sullivans Travels, Hail The Conquering Hero), Frank Capra (Its a Wonderful Life), Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), and Alfred Hitchcock, (Vertigo, Psycho).

Presentations can draw from the visual and performing arts –  e.g. Hitchs storyboard artist was Edward Hopper. Or other films – e.g  Lust, Body Heat” , Greed, Wall Street”, and can include table reads.

All films, and screenplays covered in the workshop are available on DVD or Toronto Public Librarys Kanopy – or will be supplied by the facilitators. 


Matthew Segal ( studied Art & Architecture before working as a set designer, then in theatre and film industry, as a dramaturge, and story and script editor. He has previously co-facilitated the Photography & Photographers workshops and The Photo Image  workshop.  

Workshop Notes:

A list of  suggested presentation films, film clips and links to them, will be posted this month, as will a reading list and suggested presentation topics.  There will be two Summer Zoom “Meet, Greet & Discuss”, dates to be arranged by the workshop group.