Film Discussion Group (FDG)

Suspension of all U3A Ipswich Classes

I regret to inform you that with immediate effect all classes and activities conducted by U3A Ipswich & West Moreton are cancelled until further notice.


1st & 3rd Saturdays 10am – 2pm


Tutor: Robin McGeehan

The FDG will now have an increased focus on the educational aspect of discussion around a selection of various films. Hopefully it will reflect the historical evolution of that medium. And will demonstrate the effect that film in general, has had both socially and culturally on society, per decade, over the last 100+ years 

The FDG usually meets every 1st 3rd and 5th Saturday at WOODEND and enjoys viewing and discussion around a selected film, with morning tea included. There is a 4-hour time frame each session (10.00-2.00). The reason for the long-time frame is to accommodate any movie/s exceeding 90min, which is the usual, approximate, running time of a movie.

A typical program will be as outlined below

10-15min talk on History/Evolution of film by Rob

10min introduction to selected film by the scheduled presenter                                                         

90min (flexible) film

10min critique/discussion on the film

Prior to each meeting some aspect associated with the production/editing/showing etc. of a film will be posted to this website under the heading “Tid Bits”



I have looked at this question on a number of occasions and have come up with the somewhat trite answer-that to be a classic a movie must have “enduring appeal”, and whilst that is hardly in dispute, I feel there must be something more. So, what would make a movie like Cabiria (1914) or Birth of a Nation, (1915) or Blood and Sand (1922) the classics they undoubtedly are-as all of them would surely have little appeal today, except perhaps to some died-in-the wool, movie “Buff”.

In a nutshell, a movie that is unique, that introduced audiences to some new idea-some new way that enthrals, and endears, surely qualifies as a “Classic:”

What does Wikipedia have to say/add-From, “….NOELLE THOMPSON  | CERTIFIED EDUCATOR

        What determines a classic film is the same thing that determines a classic piece of literature:  the test of time.  Period.  No film or literature of substandard quality would ever survive that test.  The key to passing this test of time is a work’s universality.  Since you are specifically referring to films here, let me expand upon this idea in the realm of cinema.

My suggestion of films that have stood the test of time:  The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Gone with the Wind, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Casablanca, The Godfather, and It’s a Wonderful Life.  In regards to more modern films:  Star Wars, Superman, E.T., and The Exorcist.

My suggestion of films that people think will become classics, but absolutely will NOT:  Titanic and Twilight…”. 

Of course whilst movies are subjective, I would agree with Noelle’s comment re Titanic (1997) and Twilight (2008) –right on, Noelle !.