Using Film in Class: Biopics

Fiona Pleasance, Lehrbeauftragte HS Ansbach und TH Nürnberg

A Biopic (short for Biographical Picture) is a film which depicts the life of a real person, past or present. Because these movies take existing personalities and events and view them through the prism of a fictional feature film, Biopics are subject to expectations about fidelity and authenticity in a way that most other films are not. That in itself makes them an interesting topic for further study. Also, working with a Biopic in class allows teachers to talk about notable individuals and/or specific historical periods or contemporary situations. This seminar takes a closer look at the Biopic in terms of its history and its genre. It also discusses the problem with Biopics, and gives suggestions for different approaches and topics for discussion in class. It is recommended that participants be familiar with some Biopics before attending, particularly I, Tonya (Craig Gillespie, 2017). Find out where you can currently watch this film at

Fiona Pleasance (B.A. Hons. History, University of Cambridge; M.A. Film Studies, University of East Anglia) worked in film and video production in Munich and Nuremberg for almost twenty years. Since 2009 she has taught at the Hochschule Ansbach and at the TH Nürnberg Georg-Simon-Ohm as a freelance lecturer. Her subjects include film history, film analysis, and various aspects of film and video production.

In Kooperation mit RLFB Mittelfranken

engl. Sprache
Registration required (30.01.20)
FIBS: M045-0/20/18

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07. Februar 2020
09:00 – 14:00


DAI - Deutsch-Amerikanisches Institut Gleißbühlstraße 9 90402 Nürnberg