Isabelle Huppert (Coup de Torchon, La Ceremonie, White Material, Happy End, etc.), and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Love Liza, Magnolia, Capote, A Most Wanted |Man, etc.) have given some of the most creative and challenging acting performances in recent cinema. Working with significant directors like Chabrol, Tavernier, Haneke (Huppert), Anderson, Lumet, Minghella (Hoffman) they reveal the collaborative importance of actors in film making. Through tutor presentations, notes, discussions and viewing films and extracts we analyse cinema through comparing their performances in a range of films representing their careers. We will also explore ideas about French and US cinema taking into account representations including gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, race, class and age on screen.