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Story structure

There are many different ways of telling a story, but most narratives will tend to follow a similar structure. In the early stages of a narrative, we are introduced to the characters and the setting. We can call this the 'equilibrium'. Then, something happens which sparks a change to these circumstances: we can call this the 'disruption'. The consequences of this change are played out – the 'development'; finally, we have the 'resolution' where the events reach an end point.

From your work on the poster and trailer, and using the film synopsis to help you, fill in the narrative flow chart for Tomorrow When the War Began. If you have not yet seen the whole film, put your predictions for the ending into the 'resolution' box.


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. Cut off from their families and their friends, these eight extraordinary teenagers must learn to escape, survive and fight back against hostile military forces.

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In cinemas April 8th


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