The War Room: Political Satire in Cinema

Tuesdays, 7 – 28 May, 7pm – 8.30pm

Course Information

Price: £50 / £45 conc / £40 Members

Tutors: Kenton Hall

Booking Information:
This course will run on Tuesdays, 7 – 28 May 2019, from 7pm – 8.30pm.
You must be 18 or over to attend.
MyPhoenix Members & Friends – please book in person or phone Box Office (0116 242 2800) to get your member discount.


Satire often gets a bad reputation as a form of humour. Its concerns are too narrow, it dates too quickly, it’s too… topical. But it is a weapon that has been wielded to greater or lesser effect throughout the history of cinema. It has impacted real history, for better or worse and it has certainly started conversations. Join us as we delve into the history of satirical movies.

Course breakdown:

Week 1:          The Great Dictator: the relationship between horror and laughter
Week 2:          No Fighting in the War Room: how conflict feeds comedy
Week 3:          Wag the Dog: when satire gets psychic
Week 4:          Little Rocket Man: have politics “outsatired” satire?


We do not offer refunds for cancellations of bookings, except in exceptional circumstances. In the event that an advertised course is withdrawn, we will endeavour to give 7 days’ notice and a full refund will be made.

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