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!
This half hour film considers how the novel came into being and why it is so important for humanity. In most modern societies the novel is ubiquitous but it is a relatively recent development in human affairs and in the view of film-maker Malcolm Hossick, as a means of opening up the individual to a better understanding of his or herself, it is unbeatable. So much so that dictators who want to remain dictating to their fellows, have very often tried to shut the novel down on the grounds that it makes people too reflective and independent. The film explores its development and the vital effect it has on modern society and the individual. AM059HD16 Novel 2016 31'40