Follow us on: Twitter, Facebook RSS

Skip to main content

Focus on resource

Reading a Film 2

This Focus On looks at books that have made it to the cinema. Book adaptations are nothing new, but what is it like seeing your characters turned into characters on the big screen? Or how do you adapt a well-known novel without upsetting its fans?

Panel Discussion

Anne Fine

Anne Fine
a well known author whose works include Madame Doubtfire, Flour Babies and The Road of Bones

Ian Beck
Ian Beck
a prolific author and illustrator, whose book Tom Trueheart and The Land of Dark Stories is to be adapted for the screen.
Irene Marillat
Irene Marillat
Head Librarian
at Tolworth Girls School

[AUDIO=http://www.filmeducation.org/audio/resources/secondary/topics/focuson/reading-a-film2.mp3]

The views expressed in these audio files are solely those of the speakers and not necessarily those of Film Education.


Related Resources

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe

Still image of small girl and fawn

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of Literacy and PSHE at Key Stage 2 & 3.
Certificate: U
Synopsis: Following the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of hide-and-seek in the country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch’s powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis’ icy spell forever.

The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe study guide, Worksheets, Teachers Notes

Oliver

Still image of boy running through crowd

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of English, History, Media Studies at Key Stage 3, GCSE
Certificate: PG
Synopsis: Charles Dickens’ classic story of a young orphan boy who gets involved with a gang of boy pickpockets in nineteenth century London seems, on the surface, a long way from being a children’s story. But this can be deceiving as Roman Polanski’s new film shows. The story follows Oliver as he escapes the workhouse and runs away to London. Here he receives an education in villainy from the criminal gang of Fagin that includes the brutal thief Bill Sykes, the famous ‘Artful Dodger’ and Nancy. The story closes happily and with justice for Mr Bumble and Oliver’s background revealed.

Oliver resource

Charlotte's Web

Still image of pig looking at spider with farm house in background

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of Literacy, ICT, Drama, P.S.H.E. at Key Stages 1 & 2
Certificate: U
Synopsis: In Charlotte's Web, a very small pig finds that the most powerful force in the world is the bond of friendship. Wilbur, a pig and the runt of the litter, has a youthful manner that makes him seem naïve to the other animals in his new barn, but to Charlotte - the spider who lives in the rafters - he is a welcome friend. Their friendship is shown to be a lasting one when the other animals reveal that the pig's days are numbered. It seems that only a miracle will save Wilbur's life, but a determined Charlotte has set out to do just that: she spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is 'some pig' and worth saving. E B White's magical, beloved story of loyalty and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action /CG animation adaptation.

Charlotte's Web study materials (zip)

Sense and Sensibility

Still image of woman in bonnet smiling on sunny day

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of English, Film Studies, Communication, Media Studies at GCSE, A Level, Higher
Certificate: U
Synopsis: Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his three daughters (Elinor, Marianne, and Margaret) in straitened circumstances, their marriage prospects accordingly compromised. When Elinor forms an attachment for the wealthy Edward Ferrars, his family disapproves and separates them. And though Mrs. Jennings tries to match the worthy (and rich) Colonel Brandon to her, Marianne finds the dashing and fiery Willoughby more to her taste. Both relationships are sorely tried. But this is a romance, and through the hardships and heartbreak, true love and a happy ending will find their way for both the sister who is all sense and the one who is all sensibility.

Sense and Sensibility study guide

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Still image of three children with strange looking man

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Design and Technology at Key Stage 2
Certificate: PG
Synopsis: Violet, Klaus and Sunny became orphans when their parents are caught in a fire that destroys their mansion.Left with nowhere else to go the children are appointed a guardian to take care of them. But Count Olaf is not the kind and caring guardian that the orphans had hoped for. He is mean, greedy and expects the children to clean and look after his disgusting house.While the children are kept busy, Count Olaf plots and schemes to find a way to get his hands on the fortune the children have been left by their parents.

Lemony Snicket study guide

Holes

Still image of men with arms in air surrounding car in a  hole

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of English, Literacy at Key Stage 3
Certificate: PG
Synopsis: Stanley Yelnats' family has a history of bad luck, so he isn't too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys' juvenile detention centre, Camp Green Lake. There is no lake - it has been dry for over a hundred years - it's hardly a camp. As punishment, the boys must each dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the hard earth of the dried-up lake bed. The warden claims that this pointless labour builds character but she is really using the boys to dig for loot buried by the Wild West outlaw Kissin' Kate Barlow. The story of Kissin' Kate and of a curse put on Stanley's great-great-grandfather by a one-legged Gypsy weaves a narrative puzzle that tangles and untangles until it becomes clear that the hand of fate has been at work in the lives of the characters and their forebears for generations.

Holes study guide

James and the Giant Peach

Still image of men with arms in air surrounding car in a  hole

Relevance: The study guide is aimed at Teachers of English, Literacy, Art & Design at Key Stages 1 & 2
Certificate: U
Synopsis: A lonely orphaned boy, James, escapes from a miserable life when he is given a bag of magical little green things. Unusual new friends and unexpected adventures follow when he climbs inside a giant peach and sets sail for New York.

James and the Giant Peach study guide