While newspapers and television will have their eye on the glamorous face of cinema, Film Education will be promoting the use of film and new media in the nationalcurriculum. During its March into Movies promotion, the company will be offering 12,000 free tickets toprimary and secondary schools. This year, the event will have a literary theme to tie in with World Book Day on March 14.
Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo will be screened for secondary schools on Thursday March 14 at 15 cinemas throughout the UK. Primary schools can also apply for free tickets for thescreening of Return to Never Land,a follow up to Peter Pan. This film will also be shown on March 14 in 30 cinemas. Both titles are being screened free for schools in advance of their official UK release dates.
You can book online - 020 7976 2291 (ask for Sophie or Hazel) or send a fax: 020 7839 5052.
In National Schools Film Week which runs in October, Film Education runs training sessions and workshops for teachers and offers resources for using film in thecurriculum. Some resources are paper based, but there are plans to make all electronic resourcesavailable on the Internet.
During special events such as the London Film Festival, Film Education organises Qamp;A sessions involving professionals from the film industry. Previous guests include Mel Gibson, director Peter Weir (The Truman Show and Dead Poets Society), comic actress Imelda Staunton and playwright Alan Bennett.
To get advance warning about resources, training and events, you can register by fax to receive free resources or register your details on the website to receive the fortnightly bulletin Film Ed-lines.
The British Film Institute also offers resources, curriculum-linked screenings, exhibitions and Inset for teachers.
Film Education, Alhambra House,27-31 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0AU. Tel: 020 7976 2291. Web: www.filmeducation.org British Film Institute, 21 Stephen Street, London W1T 1LN. Tel: 020 7255 14444. Web: www.bfi.org.uk