Philosophy at the movies

This blockbuster course will look at movies that deal with major philosophical issues, or ‘the big questions’. For those wanting to further their understanding of philosophy or love movies, discuss a range of movies by well-known directors including Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Kurosawa. So the question is, "do you take the blue or the red pill?".

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Teacher Date Day Time Sessions Fee Enrol
Walter Kudrycz 9 October Monday 6-8pm 8 $295 Enrol now

Course outline

The first movie – in bold type – on each week’s list will be the main topic for discussion, so course participants are encouraged to watch these movies before the class.  But the more movies you watch, the better, of course.

  • Week 1: Philosophy and Film - Plato’s Cinema.
  • Week 2: Knowledge and Scepticism - The Matrix (1999), Rashomon (1950).

  • Week 3: Mind and Consciousness - Ex Machina (2015) , Blade Runner (1982)
  • Week 4: Us, the Universe, and the Future - 2001 a Space Odyssey (1968), Solaris (1972, 2002), Blade Runner (1982), Alphaville (1965), Metropolis (1927).
  • Week 5: Ethics 1: Choices and Actions - Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989), Rope (1948), Lifeboat (1944), Bicycle Thieves (1948).

  • Week 6: Ethics 2: Morality and/in War? - Breaker Morant (1979), Full Metal Jacket (1987), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Fury (2014).
  • Week 7: Freedom, Society, and Alienation - Minority Report (2002), A Clockwork Orange (1971), Taxi Driver (1967), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Antz, (1998), Metropolis (1927).
  • Week 8: Metaphysics, Meaning, and God - The Seventh Seal (1957), Wings of Desire (1987), The Passing of the Third Floor Back (1935).

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be well acquainted with the central issues of western philosophy, and will possess a deeper understanding of our own cultural environment.

Who should enrol

Film buffs with a thirst for big answers!


Dr Walter Kudrycz studied and then taught medieval history at Sydney University. As an undergraduate he also studied philosophy and Latin. Since moving to Canberra, Walter has worked as an historian for the Australian War Memorial, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Museum, and the National Library. He has also been employed as a lecturer in history at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Walter has written a book on the relationship between historiography and philosophy. His current areas of research are the medieval Crusades and the ethical issues associated with animal rights.

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