Film Discussion Group (FDG)

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”




The noun Pathos, is more well known in its more familiar adjective form- Pathetic- (which unfortunately is today largely used in a derogatory sense-e.g.” Nims’ island is a pathetic movie” (most seem to agree!)

In its application to movies, particularly in the early years, Pathos was given full reign -It refers to a quality in something experienced or observed that evokes sympathy and a feeling of sorrow. More to the point, as we watch a film that draws heavily on Pathos, we are unsure whether to laugh or cry as we are (cleverly) drawn into the misfortunes (and occasional, triumphs) of the protagonist-we laugh at his/her comical misfortunes but we are just as often brought to tears.

A master of this type of film was Charlie Chaplin, and who can forget his true masterpiece “The Kid”, where Charlie as usual in his familiar role as a kind hearted tramp “adopts” an abandoned waif (Jackie Coogan as the adorable “Kid”)


The word bathos came into English in the 17th century from the Greek word bathos, which literally means “depth.” In the 18th century English poet Alexander Pope gave the word its current meaning of a descent from lofty to trite.  In its practical application, we are “invited” to sympathise with/to a contrived situation where, for example  the villainy of the Villain is so patently ludicrous we laugh rather than cry.