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This is a very well written and comprehensive text to accompany WJEC Film Studies - and highly readable. This was my favoured text when it first came out. Since the publicaton of this book in 2005, though, the Exam Board has changed the structure of the examination. It used to be that the AS Level comprised three modules (FS1, FS2 and FS3) and then a further three modules were taken to make it up to A2 Level (FS4, FS5 and FS6).
Since 2008 the exam structure has changed (though the overall content is largely unchanged) so that now the AS Level requires only two completely revised modules (FM1 and FM2) and the A2 requires two more (FM3 and FM4). The category of films to study has changed somewhat and there is less restriction on specific films that needed to be studied (for example, no deep study into one film from a prescribed list).
It is a shame that the authors have not revised this book as the alternative, "AS Film Studies:The Essential Introduction" by Sarah Casey Benyahia, Freddie Gaffney and John White from Routledge (2008), is not as reader-friendly but is more up to date.
This book is NOT now ideal for the course and must be read with the exam Spcification at hand and frequently referred to. Having said that, it is a very good book for reference.