Vertigo and auteur theory for KS5 Film Studies

Join us for a day dedicated to the study of Vertigo and auteur theory, with a screening of the full film.

Vertigo (1958)

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

This in-person event will focus on the application of the auteur theory to Vertigo (1958), considered by critics and film historians as the ultimate Hitchcock film, conveying his personal vision at the peak of his artistic talents. Hitchcock’s status as a director rose just as the notion of the film ‘auteur’ was in its ascendancy. As a producer and director at Paramount, Hitchcock had more autonomy over his films than most directors working in the studio era.

We will consider the development of the auteur theory and its relevance to Vertigo, and apply the theory through analysis of key sequences. There will also be a screening of the full film, offering a unique chance to see this masterpiece in the format for which it was created!

Our in-venue events take place in one of the BFI’s auditoriums, school groups are encouraged to engage in learning activities designed to pique interest and 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