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Ideas to Keep Learning 18

Published : 21 September 2020 Views: 3683

Continuing our series which shares great ideas and the latest ideas and suggestions to help you keep active, keep connected and keep learning.


Carlton and Gedling u3a have started a film study group in response to cinemas and theatres being closed. They meet twice a month to watch a film agreed at the previous meeting. To keep the programme interesting they alternate the selection of film: they discuss a classic film from the history of cinema in one meeting and in the next, a fairly recent or contemporary film.

So far they’ve been able to choose films from a variety of free streaming platforms, including iPlayer and All4. The advantage of these streaming platforms is that members don’t all have to watch the film at the same time, they’re available to anyone with a smart tv, internet connection or cable….and they're free. People study the film at their leisure in the two weeks between meetings.

The group started with almost the very beginnings of cinema with a couple of short films by Melies and the latest classic was Orson Welles’ astonishing directing debut Citizen Kane. Next up is a twisty time travel thriller: Twelve Monkeys directed by Terry Gilliam. If you’d like to discuss taking your u3a’s film group on line or starting a film group, email Paul Martinez on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Phil Joiner from Wanstead & Woodford u3a is continuing with his series of Bulletins which can be viewed on the right hand side of their website. He started these in March and the first was supposed to be a ‘one off’ but people seemed to enjoy it so he carried on and has compiled 23 issues so far. Writing the Bulletins and Stop Press has been therapeutic and has warded off boredom.

 We love hearing your great ideas to keep learning so please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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