Cinema, Theatre & Depression
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Cinema, Theatre & Depression

How depression is portrayed and may be reduced through involvement in, the cinema and theatre
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
848 students enrolled
Last updated 8/2017
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • How depression is treated in theatre and cinema. Some steps that may be taken to reduce depression. Useful websites. A crowdfunding campaign to promote a film and group dealing with depression.
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  • 1. Specific software. No specific software is required - if you can access this then you can access the course
  • 2. Additional materials. It would be handy if you had a pen/paper with you in case you wanted to make a note of the website links or even the key points of a lecture. Also, perhaps the phone numbers of your friends. There may be key lectures you wish to bring to their attention, or perhaps you just feel now is a good time to chat.
  • 3. Appropriate mindset. This course is not a loss leader. It is not a course that will suddenly have a price put on it. The course is free and there is one aim only: to help everyone identify and stop depression in themselves and others. 300 million people - think what a difference it would make if just 0.0001% were helped by this course! So the mindset I would like you to bring is simply - spread the word, in a sense we all have something to gain.
  • 4. As there are links given in the lectures you should be able to use the internet - make sure you have anti-virus software that is up to date!

This course was originally divided into ten lectures but we expanded it a little as a crowd funding campaign caught our eye and so we have an extra lecture about the campaign, an interview with the producer and some useful websites. The total lecture time is about two hours - think how much can be learnt in that time! BUT this is not a course just about watching and listening. It is about learning and putting into action. Maybe you know someone who is depressed. Maybe YOU are depressed. This course is about helping, helping you and enabling you to help others. That's one of the reasons it is free - and always will be!

Lecture 1 distinguishes between stress, anxiety and depression.  The lecture concludes with the symptoms of depression.

Lecture 2 deals with the influence of the arts in particular theatre and shows how theatre – involvement – can reduce depression.

Lecturer 3 outlines current government policy (and the policy of the Official Opposition) on the arts.

Lectures 4 and 5 return to theatre and how involvement in theatre can reduce depression. Lecture 5 in particular shows how acting may be therapy.

Lectures 6 and 7 show how improvisation in particular may be therapeutic for those suffering from depression.

Lecture 8 is a spoof video on drama therapy. It is made up of outtakes from a film about a family playing monopoly. All the links in the film are genuine and it has a serious message to put across.

Lecture 9 deals with the differences between theatre and cinema.

Lecture 10 explains how cinema portrays - and can be used to reduce - depression. Various films are suggested.

Lectures 11 and 12 describe the crowd funding campaign for a film produced by a 17 year old male who himself has suffered from depression. 

Lecture 12 is an interview with the young producer.

Lecture 13 shows the results received when the question ‘Which is the best movie to watch when you are depressed?’ was asked.

The closing lecture, lecture 14, talks the viewer through two websites that provide further resources to investigate when dealing with depression.

The course giver runs a theatre in Oxford but has also acted in numerous films for other organisations. He brings to the course practical examples from plays and films as well as discussion of resources.

The overall purpose of this course is to provide ways in which depression may be reduced but also to raise awareness. According to the World Health Organisation, 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. This course should be seen as  just a few steps to try and reduce the problem, the sadness and the despair.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone, young or old, may suffer from or know someone suffering from, depression. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Globally, more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression. Globally 300 million people suffer from depression. (Source: WHO Feb. 2017)
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
14 Lectures 01:59:13

The Influence of the Arts

Government cuts

Theatre - involving others

Acting as therapy

Improv and therapy


Monopoly therapy

The difference between theatre and cinema

Cinema and depression

Crowdfunding and 'Under Tight Skin'

Interview with Junior Day - director of 'Under Tight Skin'

The Quora question

A couple of websites
About the Instructor
Chris Bankes Sivewright
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Experienced teacher, prolific author and course provider.

Chris has been teaching Business Studies and Economics since 1978.

Since then he has taught hundreds of students on an individual tutorial basis as well as visited over 100 schools to give revision seminars. He has also taught in a comprehensive, a grammar school, a private university, as well as at graduate and post-graduate level in Oxford, UK.

Chris has authored over 100 books which are sold through Amazon as well as three independent publishers. In the 1990s Chris produced 30 Business Studies and Economics cassette tapes. Several were recordings of his lectures at the University of Oxford.

Chris has – and is still - run several businesses including Oxford School of Learning, a tutorial college, Oxford Conferences and OSL Training.

In 2012 Chris started Almost Random Theatre, in Oxford. Since then he has helped deliver workshops in Scotland, Wales, Czech Republic and Poland as well as 15 schools in England. Chris has written/directed over 50 short and 3 one-Act plays that have subsequently been performed in London and Oxford. Scripts for three of his plays have been sold, via an Independent publisher, to schools in the UK. He has also had plays put on - and performed in - Oxford and Brighton Fringes, London and Wales.

Chris has several teaching diplomas as well as a Business and Economics degree plus professional business qualifications. Chris has examined for four major examining boards, at ‘O’ and ‘A’ level.

Until recently Chris was Head of Business and Economics at a major school in High Wycombe. 

As well as teaching, Chris is an Ambassador for a Heart charity, a board member for Stroke Club UK and the Stroke Lead, Research Panel Member and a Media Contact for the Stroke Association.