The Filming Shakespeare series has been developed to suit the needs of practising English and Drama teachers with current exam board and National Curriculum requirements in mind. The first two resources in this series are Shakespeare on Screen and Romeo and Juliet.
With Shakespeare enjoying a privileged position in the National Curriculum at KS3 and KS4, and GCSE specifications including a focus on film versions of the play texts, an understanding of screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays has never been more relevant.
Each two-disc pack features a DVD of carefully chosen film extracts with an accompanying CD-ROM of Activity and Context Sheets alongside film stills and posters for analysis, plus full Teachers’ Notes.
These resources are designed to engage students of all abilities at both KS3 and GCSE, directing students to a close study of play texts alongside analysis of key cinematic moments. The belief that Shakespeare texts should be taught in active ways underpins the resources: the plays were not written to be read like prose but to be brought to life by actors. By incorporating an exploration of renowned film interpretations into a study of the original texts, students “develop their interpretive and analytical skills” (QCDA KS4 requirement). The materials in each pack enable students to explore screen Shakespeares as a comment on the play text within the social, cultural and historical context of each film’s production. They also enable learners to explore film versions as texts in their own right.