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”


PLOT-the end!

Now it might seems that any discussion about the making of a movie should focus primarily on the plot element of the movie, however this is not necessarily the case as there are generally a number of other elements which must be considered in order to appreciate the movie, as a whole.

Today however we are looking at the “story” of the movie told/illustrated, either from an original script, or from some other source, e.g. a book, myth, legend etc.

The plot: – By Aditya Savnal. Posted on December 20, 2014

A story is always a journey that its characters take. Whether it is a self-reflective, internal monologue of a novel, or an adventure ride of a movie – the characters, especially the protagonist(s), undertake an emotional or physical journey that causes some change in them by the end. The course of this journey is marked by events – incidents and experiences that the protagonist faces.

The plot is the sum of these events, from the beginning, through the middle, until the end,  (and that’s the crux  of the matter- the most important part-the“ah ha” moment when all becomes clear-think Fred Mc Murray in D.O.A. where at the start he reports his murder-what a great “tie-in” to the end!)) –the completeness of the story-as in real life there is always a beginning, a middle and an end-and it’s the end that gives us the feeling of the forward motion (or motionlessness) of the story. The most important events of the plot are often significant irreversible incidents that change the course of the plot and push it further ahead. These events are called Plot Points.

When Jack saves Rose from committing suicide over the deck of the mighty ship – we know their respective stories have changed irreversibly and moved ahead. These are all examples of Plot Points. The plot can be thin or thick, but it is this that forms the body of your story.

Graphed this would look like (with maybe the climax a little closer to the resolution/end)

Satyanshu 2

Needless to say, that a good (excellent) story depends very much on its ending – the “String which ties the parcel together”-so to speak! Without giving the “plot” away the simple but absolutely moving close to the film “KUBO and the two strings” is the perfect “ah ha” moment that justifies the story of the movie-brilliant!

-don’t miss it!


So how does it end? If you have told a gripping story, it better end well, or the audience will feel terribly cheated. In cinema, particularly, the ending is very important because hundreds of people are going to react together to it as they exit the theatre.

A climactic resolution to the already thickening plot, a final confrontation of the protagonist with the antagonistic forces, a final Plot Point, that is emotionally, dramatically, and visually the high point of the film is very important to complete your movie experience. And this closure, this resolution of the primary conflict of the film, or the lack of it (as is the case with tragedies), often brings forth the ‘point of the movie’. The resolution should also, generally, cause a significant change in the life of the protagonist. After all, is a story worth telling, if it is not significant for its own protagonist?-EXACTLY!!!

Rob 11/11/19

(with thanks to Wikipedia (in italics)