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Films

A girl in uniform and carrying a case walks next to a boy in an Arsenal t-shirt
  • Relevance: KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, Geography, PHSE
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: This KS3 resource encourages young people to reflect on their existing knowledge and understanding of Africa whilst introducing new ways of seeing the continent and some of the children who live there.
A man stands in armour holding a sword
  • Relevance: KS3
  • Subjects: English, History
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: The legendary hero Beowulf battles the demon Grendel and the beast's dangerously seductive mother
A man holds a hanging microphone to his mouth in a radio studio
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: The Boat That Rocked is an ensemble comedy in which the romance takes place between the young people of the '60s and pop music.
A young boy looks into the distance whilst swinging on a tyre
  • Relevance: GCSE, KS3
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, History
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: Adaptation of John Boyne's novel about the forbidden friendship between an eight-year-old German boy and a Jewish concentration camp prisoner.
Medium close-up of a young man stood next to a wall, with hands pressed against it
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: English
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Film based on the love affair between the Romantic poet John Keats and 18 year-old Fanny Brawne
A dark haired female actor poses behind a pair of hands holding a clapperboard
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers, KS4
  • Subjects: Film Studies, Media Studies, Spanish
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.
2 men in period clothing running, with a cheering crowd
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers, KS4
  • Subjects: Creative & Media, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Designed for students of English, Film and Media aged 16-19, the resource uses key clips and stills from Chariots of Fire
A man stnds next to a window with a raised arm in the foreground
  • Relevance: AS, A2, Dip 1, Dip 2, Dip 3, GCSE
  • Subjects: Citizenship, French
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: François and his fellow teachers prepare for a new year at a high school in a tough neighbourhood. Armed with the best intentions, they brace themselves to not let discouragement stop them from trying to give the best education to their students. But his
A man in military fatigues slouches in a chair, with aothe rmen holding guns in the background
  • Relevance: KS4
  • Subjects: English, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: Ralph Fiennes' 2012 adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy
A shot of a collection of drawings, fossils and notes scattered on a desk
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Critical Thinking, General Studies, Religious Education, Science
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Film based on the life of Charles Darwin and his struggle to complete his most controversial book, On the Origin of Species
An oil drum lies next to oily water with oil spilling out
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, Media Studies, Politics
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: Documentary about how the citizens of planet earth are sucking dry our most valuable and non-renewable natural resource: oil.
Child looks over sholder
  • Relevance: KS2, KS3
  • Subjects: Art & Design, Literacy, PSHE & Citizenship
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Diary of a Wimpy Kid microsite including a guide to writing a blog.
A close up of a pile of dead fish
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Geography, Science
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: A documentary that asks you to imagine an ocean without fish. Imagine your meals without seafood. Imagine the global consequences. This is the future if we do not stop, think and act.
A young woman wearing an athletics jacket looks over her shoulder
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Film Studies, Media Studies, Physical Education, PHSE
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis:
Cow in a field with a bar code on it.
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, Scottish Highers, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Critical Thinking, Film Studies, General Studies, Geography, Media Studies, Science
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Online taster resource for citizenship, science, geography, critical thinking and general studies for 11-19 year olds.
A man and woman in old fashioned evening dress embrace
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS4
  • Subjects: Drama, English, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis:
A medium close up of a man in military uniform
  • Relevance: KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, History, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: A microsite featuring clips from the film and clip analysis activities as well as a downloadable pdf study guide.
Two boys walk down a street, one carrying a large kite
  • Relevance: A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: Based on the acclaimed novel, The Kite Runner is the story of two childhood friends in Afghanistan and the consequences of one boy’s fearful act of betrayal.
life of pi poster artwork
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS4
  • Subjects: English, Religious Education
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis:
A man wearing headphones in a dark room listens intently
  • Relevance: A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: General Studies, German, History, Media Studies, Politics
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: The Lives of Others begins in East Berlin in 1984, five years before Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall. A highly skilled officer who works for the Stasi, East Germany’s all-powerful secret police, is ordered to spy on a celebrated writer and his
A medium shot of a teenage girl stood outside, wearing a wooly hat
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: English, Film Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: A 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbour. She tells the story from Heaven
A group of women in 1960s dress run across a bridge smiling and holding placards reading 'fair pay'.
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, History, Media Studies, PSHE & Citizenship
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: An educational site for learners aged 15-19 features digital teaching materials exploring the film. Designed for students of Citizenship, History, Media, Film and English GCSE, AS, A2 and equivalent.
Two men face each other during a performance on a theatre stage
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Drama, English, Film Studies, Media Studies, Theatre Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: A teenage student lucks his way into a minor role in the legendary 1937 Mercury Theatre production of Julius Caesar, directed by a youthful Orson Welles. Over the course of a magical week, he makes his Broadway debut, finds romance with an ambitious older
A white haired man stands in front of a female robot
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Art & Design, Film Studies, Media Studies, Politics
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Aimed at students of Film and Media studies at GCSE, A Level and equivalent with particular relevance for WJEC GCE Film Studies FM4
A young boy runs down the street with people chasing him
  • Relevance: KS2
  • Subjects: History, Literacy
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Roman Polanski's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel.
Animated image of small child wearing a bandana marching in a living room, while dejected family members look on from chairs
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Art & Design, Citizenship, English, Film Studies, Media Studies, Politics
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.
A soldier in WW2 uniform sits on sandbags at the side of a trench with his rifle on his lap
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis:
A young black World War II soldier saluting
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Film Studies, History, Media Studies, PHSE
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: Inspired by the true story of World War II's first African American fighter squadron, the heroic 332nd fighter group of the U.S. Army Air Corps.
Promotional image for the film Salute
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, History
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: The untold story of Australian athlete Peter Norman, and the part he played during the black power salute at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
two handsome men in smart nineteenth century dress stand in the foreground facing the camera. The man to the left is hated and carries a cane over his right shoulder; the man to the right has his hands crossed over his waist. The detailed green-grey background features numerous items arranged around the characters including books, papers and bottles as well as a gun and a set of keys.
  • Relevance: KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: English, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12
  • Synopsis: New film interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters updated for a modern audience.
Two men sit on the floor leaning against a dirty graffiti wall
  • Relevance: A2
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: Riz Ahmed takes the title role of Shifty, a thriller charting an action packed 24 hours in the life of a young crack cocaine dealer on the outskirts of London.
A group of teenage girls stand outside on some steps smoking
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE, KS4
  • Subjects: Film Studies, Media Studies, PHSE
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: Kayla, a young sixteen-year-old, faces the harsh London streets of gangland culture alone. Her mother already dead, her only protector and loving elder sister Tanya is one day brutally murdered by violent, misogynist gang leader Trey.
A girl in a school uniform smiles contentedly
  • Relevance: GCSE
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: Based on the true story of a black girl who was born to two white Afrikaner parents in South Africa during the apartheid era.
A boy and a man sit opposite each other in a game show television studio
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: An eighteen-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' Arrested on suspicion of cheating, he tells the police the incredible story of his life
Profile of a boy singing with a beam of light behind him
  • Relevance: GCSE, KS3
  • Subjects: Citizenship, Media Studies, Music
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: An affectionate and humorous documentary which follows the journey of 4 lovable losers from very different backgrounds and parts of the continent to the hugely popular Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
  • Relevance: AS, A2, GCSE
  • Subjects: Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.
A man wearing armour and a red cape stands holding a large hammer against a dark background.
  • Relevance: KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: English, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: This resource is designed for students of English at ages 11-16. Offering a range of engaging interactivity based on assets from the film, these materials give learners an exciting opportunity to develop reading skills across multimodal texts.
Seven young people advance towards the viewer in a war-torn landscape
  • Relevance: KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: English, Media Studies, PHSE
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: Tomorrow When the War Began follows the journey of eight high school friends in a coastal country town whose lives are suddenly and violently upended by an invasion that no one saw coming.
A medium shot of a young girl cutting another young girl's hair
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS4
  • Subjects: Citizenship, English
  • Certificate: PG
  • Synopsis: Trishna is a modern adaptation of Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Suitable for AS/A2 and equivalent English, Media and Film Studies, resource features downloadable study guide.
A boy stands holding a horse around its head with a soldier standing in the background.
  • Relevance: KS3, KS4
  • Subjects: English, History, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 12A
  • Synopsis: War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg, is an epic adventure set against a sweeping canvas of rural England and Europe during the First World War. Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
Wide shot of young man and woman in old-fashioned workers clothing stood on a moor
  • Relevance: AS, A2, KS4
  • Subjects: English, Film Studies, Media Studies
  • Certificate: 15
  • Synopsis: Study materials suitable for AS/A2 and equivalent English, Film and Media. Resource features key clips and a downloadable study guide for the classroom