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. War Horse begins with the remarkable friendship between a horse named Joey and a young man called Albert, who tames and trains him. When they are forcefully parted, the film follows the extraordinary journey of the horse as he moves through the war, changing and inspiring the lives of all those he meets – British cavalry, German soldiers, and a French farmer and his granddaughter – before the story reaches its emotional climax in the heart of No Man’s Land.
The First World War is experienced through the journey of this horse – an odyssey of joy and sorrow, passionate friendship and high adventure. War Horse is one of the great stories of friendship and war based on the successful book by Michael Morpurgo and later turned into a hugely successful international stage production.
This resource is designed for students of History, English and Media aged 11-14 but may also be used in PSHEE and Science teaching with pupils aged 9-11. Offering a range of interactivity based on the film, the novel and from the archives of the National Army Museum, these materials give learners an exciting opportunity to develop skills of close reading and analysis. Activities also build students’ awareness of the significance of remembrance and help to develop their knowledge and understanding of how primary sources can inform contemporary filmmaking.
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Screening event and Q&A
Film Education held school preview screenings of I in cinemas across the country in January 2012. Michael Morpurgo and actor Jeremy Irvine answered students’ questions during a Q&A session in London: you can listen to audio files and read a transcript of the event in the archive.
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