The lives of the US presidents have been a rich source of stories for Hollywood films: of the 43 US leaders to date, all but three have been portrayed in at least one feature film. In this Centre for Continuing Education course, film critic Eddie Cockrell explored the intersection of Hollywood and Washington, presenting clips and features showing dramatic portrayals of US presidents. The course also examined fictional commanders in chief, as well as films, both fictional and documentary, that depict and question the American political system.
Shoot the president
30 April 2008. 2.00pm–2.00pm
12 September 2023
Decades before the “deep state” entered the parlance, Mr Smith Goes to Washington explores how a corrupt political machine falsifies evidence to expel the idealistic Boy Rangers leader who was appointed to the Senate.
24 August 2023
Republican presidential candidates gathered in Milwaukee for the biggest event of the 2024 election cycle so far: the first Republican presidential debate.
24 July 2023
Professor Steven Chu, Nobel Prize laureate and former US Secretary of Energy during the Obama administration, discussed potential paths to a sustainable future at this in-person, public talk.