Films on literature, music, art, history, society and more. Top up your ideas! The films in the Academy media library form the core of the site effort to nudge folk towards 'being cultured.' In our eyes 'being cultured' just means knowing a bit more about how the world works, how human beings work together best, what it means to be a worthwhile person in a general as well as a particular sense. There is no creed on offer. It's not a religion. There are no absolute answers. But quite a few folk have done it before us so we need to look back as well as we can and use their experience. We need to read their books and look at what they created. The astonishing resource of easily available films like these on your smartphone or screen means that getting cultured is open to millions whereas before it was only a tiny minority of folk 'born lucky' at the top of society you might say who had the chance. They didn't always take it! Make sure you do.. Get going!
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth, a naval town on the south coast of England where his father worked in the naval dockyard. The father was not much good at organising his affairs so they slowly slid from relative comfort into serious poverty. Dickens ended up aged 12 working in a factory making making shoe polish and his father in prison for debt. However they inherited some money and things looked up. He took up journalism, then in his early twenties had overnight success as a novelist. By the end of his life he was probably the best known and best loved writer of the 19th century. As the film makes clear he was very involved in the life of his fellow human beings and his personal life and his writings were closely interwoven. Few have made a bigger contribution towards establishing the popularity of novel writing than Dickens. A brief overview of his work follows the film. 2nd edition AM008HD19 DICKENS 2019 37'03
A film by MALCOLM HOSSICK
Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth in 1813 into a struggling family whose fortunes gradually went downhill. novelist. He got very little education but in spite of that began writing as a journalist and soon had launched his first fiction work to almost immediate succ...