Films to see at the festival

25th January 2008 at 00:00
Tightrope walking for Chinese orphans; Scottish fairgrounds; a rock music summer camp and a boy raised by a lion feature in the Glasgow Schools Film Festival 2008, which runs from February 13-22.

Free to Glasgow schools and pound;3 per ticket for all other schools, the festival, which is organised by the Glasgow Film Theatre, attracted more than 3,500 pupils last year.

This year's programme takes place at four locations across the city. As well as offering documentary and fiction films from around the world, it provides workshops, discussion groups and downloadable PDF study packs.

An in-service session for teachers is also being held on February 13 at the GFT from 3-6pm, when Scottish BAFTA winner Alice Nelson will show how documentary films can be used to great effect in the classroom.

The programme of around a dozen films, half aimed at the 12-plus age group, the rest suitable for seven years and over (with most screenings starting at 10am), touches on many areas of the curriculum, including science and environmental studies, citizenship, music, history and personal and social education.

Girls Rock, showing at the GFT on February 20, follows three recruits at an American summer camp where girls aged eight to 18 "learn how to express their individuality through rock music", helped by the likes of Beth Ditto.

The Spiderwick Chronicles, based on the best-selling children's book series, is being screened in Cine-world at the Parkhead Forge on February 18 and 19.

Fairground Films, at The Bridge in Easterhouse on February 19 and the GFT on February 20, uses archive films to tell the story of travelling show people in Scotland from Edwardian times and includes a discussion and drama session.

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