Silent film for KS5 Film Studies

Study day offering clear guidance on the aesthetics and techniques of different silent film movements.

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

10:30am to 3pm, 30 November 2023, BFI Southbank

Suitable for all KS5 film students, this study day offers insights into the aesthetics of different silent film movements, including German expressionism, Soviet montage, constructivism and surrealism, as well as how these influenced early Hollywood cinema.

Films used will include: Sunrise (1927), The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920), Man With A Movie Camera (1929) and the films of Buster Keaton including The General (1929) and Cops (1922). We will examine these films’ innovative aesthetic styles and provide clear explanations of the historical, social and cultural contexts that influenced them.

In the afternoon, we plan to screen Sunrise — A Song of Two Humans (1927) with live piano accompaniment, followed by a Q&A with the pianist.

Our in-venue events take place in one of the BFI’s auditoriums, school groups are encouraged to engage in an interactive lecture where learning activities using clips are designed to pique interest. Students are supported to share their thoughts and ideas helping to build confidence and deepen understanding.

Booking information

  • £12.50 per student. Accompanying teachers / adults are charged £1 per 5 students – otherwise student rate applies.
  • £40 for teachers attending without students.
  • To book call 020 7815 1329 and pay using a credit/debit card or download, print and return the booking form with cheque or card details.
  • We offer a further subsidy for schools who have over 20% of students who receive free school meals.
  • Please book by 12pm the day before the event.
  • We cannot reserve seats, send invoices or accept BACS payments.
  • For any queries, please email