The class is afoot! Join Sherlockian scholar Kris Hambrick for this three week course where we'll take an overview of Holmes on film, delve into the relative merits of each adaptation, and discuss the biggest question of all: Why is Holmes such an enduring character?
3 Wednesdays, February 13 - February 27, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
SIFF Film Center classroom
$45 | $40 SIFF Members
SIFF Cinema passes, vouchers, and other discounts not accepted.
Week 1: Introduction & Canon Adaptations
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the earliest films, and the big two: Basil and Brett
(Holmes: William Gillette, Basil Rathbone, Arthur Wontner, Ronald Howard, Peter Cushing, Jeremy Brett)
Week 2: Who Is Holmes, Anyway?
The psychology of the Great Detective and what happens when it goes wrong
(Holmes: Robert Stephens, George C. Scott, Nicol Williamson, Michael Caine, Ian McKellen, the mouse one)
Week 3: The Once & Future Holmes
Modernizations, Why Holmes?, and What's Next?
(Holmes: Basil Rathbone, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Downey, Jr.)
There are no required readings, and there are far too many films to demand a familiarity with all. A passing familiarity with Holmes and Watson may be heightened by acquainting yourself with the short story A Scandal in Bohemia and the first two chapters of A Study in Scarlet. Other readings/viewings may be suggested via email prior to class.
About the Instructor:
Kris 'Pepper' Hambrick has been a Sherlockian since discovering PBS's "Mystery" at age 9. She's been published in Sherlockian fanzines, written about Holmes academically, was part of the planning committee for Sherlock Seattle, and last year appeared as Holmes in Driftwood Players' Baskerville. She otherwise divides her time between environmental education and producing theater with Hello Earth Productions.