‘Film Noir’ - it’s a term given to the “films of the 1940s that reflected the disillusionment felt in the US, especially with the soldiers returning home and women losing their jobs at the end of the war.” (https://www.librarypoint.org/blogs/post/what-is-film-noir/)
Hello fellow improvisers!
I am super excited to be teaching this Film Noir course with Impro Melbourne this May. In 2018 I was fortunate enough to spend some time in LA working with Impro Theatre on various forms of genre theatre. The work we did helped to lay foundations for any form of genre related work - whether it be Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams, Jane Austen or in this case - Film Noir.
In this course, we will be focusing on the language, relationships and character traits of this Noir. We will be physical with the environment around us and create scenes where we paint the world we want to portray for the audience to help bring the ‘theatre’ of the genre alive. Our words, our characters and our placement on the stage will pay tribute to works of literary master Raymond Chandler and films such as Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce.
The genre of Noir is more than just voices overs, detectives and femme fatales. It’s about the deep and complex relationships between characters and flaws they all possess.
Impro Melbourne’s ‘Film Noir’ course promises to be a fun and immersive experience that lets players bring all their skills and knowledge of improvising, into the seedy and classic world of anti-heroes and down-on-their-luck schmucks.