Brian Dunbar taught English and Media Studies at Lasswade High School Centre, Midlothian and film courses for the University of Edinburgh's Office of Lifelong Learning. He is the author of Dracula in the York Film Notes series and Goldfinger for Longman's Ultimate Film Guides.
Comedy Films: A Teacher's Guide offers the ideal introduction for teachers of GCSE and AS/A level Film and Media Studies of a style of film-making that offers unique challenges when subject to study in the classroom. In a lengthy introduction, Brian Dunbar identifies generic conventions common to comedy (is it a 'genre' as such?) and goes on to consider them in relation to a series of detailed case studies. The key concepts of Media Studies are addressed through analysis of individual films using a historical narrative structure – from the silent comedy film (Buster Keaton's The General), through Classical Hollywood 'screwball comedy' (Bringing Up Baby), British comedy films (Ealing Studios and The Ladykillers), foreign comedy (Jacques Tati) and contemporary independent American comedy (Rushmore). The author also examines Some Like it Hot and considers its status as 'the funniest movie ever made'."
Comedy Films: Classroom Resources offers a range of classroom friendly pupil resource sheets containing exercises, essay questions and tasks that offer a framework of study for teachers of Film and Media Studies. Starting by asking 'Can comedy be called a genre?', Brian Dunbar then goes on to address the key concepts of Media Studies offering practical teaching solutions to looking at comedy films from such historical periods and movements as: silent comedy film, classical Hollywood 'screwball comedy,' British comedy films, foreign comedy, and contemporary independent American comedy In addition to covering the core concepts, the author also provides exercises for practical classroom work including designing a comedy film trailer, designing a comedy video sleeve, adapting a comedy film for radio and designing a Web page to promote a comedy film.