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The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK. We combine cultural, educational and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI Film Fund, film distribution, the BFI National Archive and the BFI Reuben Library. Established in 1935, the BFI Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Our 5-19 education scheme is delivered by Into Film, an organisation providing a unified UK-wide film education scheme.

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The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK. We combine cultural, educational and industrial roles, bringing together the BFI Film Fund, film distribution, the BFI National Archive and the BFI Reuben Library. Established in 1935, the BFI Archive holds one of the largest film and television collections in the world. Our 5-19 education scheme is delivered by Into Film, an organisation providing a unified UK-wide film education scheme.
Rebecca - KS4 Media
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Rebecca - KS4 Media

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. Students will discuss what they understand by the term 'Gothic&' in both film and literature. They will consider how the style and form of the film adaptation of Rebecca adheres to the idea/themes of the Gothic.
The Elephant Man - KS5 RE
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The Elephant Man - KS5 RE

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. In this lesson students apply their knowledge of Kantian ethics to the experience of John Merrick, the Elephant Man. They do so through active watching, through a hot seat activity and finally by creating a trailer for a film.
Film-England's Shakespeare (London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1939)
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Film-England's Shakespeare (London, Midland and Scottish Railway, 1939)

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England’s Shakespeare was made by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway to promote travel to Stratford-upon-Avon. The area was served very well by the LMS railway so it made sense to adopt a Shakespearean focus. A textbook-type film, it wasn’t intended as a cinematic masterpiece, rather as straightforward advert to entice new passengers to visit the Bard’s hometown.
Rebecca - KS4/5 English Lesson 2
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Rebecca - KS4/5 English Lesson 2

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. A lesson where students consider the characters of women in the novel Rebecca, and how these fit into genre stereotypes within the Gothic, and within literature/society in general.
Rebecca - KS4/5 English Lesson 1
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Rebecca - KS4/5 English Lesson 1

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. An introductory lesson in which students uncover the Gothic themes and motifs found in Alfred Hitchcock's film adaptation of Rebecca.
Pumzi English KS3 to 5
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Pumzi English KS3 to 5

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This lesson for English and other subjects at key stages 3-5 uses the short film Pumzi (2009) to lead students into a discussion of the issue of the future. They will consider moral dilemma linked to the key sci-fi issue of the creation of utopian or dystopian futures. They then have the opportunity to design their own post-apocalyptic ‘perfect world’, consider how the world might end, and what new worlds might be created as a result.
Nosferatu - KS4/5 History Lesson 2
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Nosferatu - KS4/5 History Lesson 2

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BFI Education presents ‘Gothic in the classroom’ – new resources to accompany 13 Gothic film titles. This collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas from English to Art to Science. This lesson is designed to be relevant to KS4/5 history students studying Germany in early 20th Century.
Shakespeare's Country (1926)
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Shakespeare's Country (1926)

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This charming silent film from the Wonderful Britain series indulges in some Shakespearean puns to illustrate the environs of Stratford-upon-Avon ("Here's Bideford - a typical Shakespearean Hamlet"). Picturesque cottages abound in Wilmcote and Shottery, together with some suspiciously well-placed urchins. And of course, there's Anne Hathaway's cottage, "secure against the worst of Tempests"! Wonderful Britain was a follow-up series to the more successful Wonderful London (1924), also directed by Harry B. Parkinson. While its predecessor often delivered unconventional views of the city, Shakespeare's Country largely follows the well-trodden tourist path. These early travelogues reveal the root of the genre in straightforward actuality - most of the shots here are a single take of a picturesque scene.
Film-The Tempest: Silent Shakespeare
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Film-The Tempest: Silent Shakespeare

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At just over 12 minutes long, this film is considered the most visually imaginative silent British Shakespeare film. Examination of this film can be supported by the English, art and music teaching notes. Percy Stow's The Tempest (1908) takes an innovative cinematic approach in that it attempts a complete précis of the entire play staged specifically for the cameras. Explanatory intertitles link 11 brief scenes, shot both on location and in the studio, the latter being used to stage some elaborate tableaux reminiscent of the French fantasy film pioneer Georges Méliès. Indeed, the scene where Prospero summons up the tempest is particularly impressive! Although Shakespeare's original text is missing, this beautiful short film still manages to captures the spirit of the play very effectively.
Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare
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Film-The Merchant of Venice: Silent Shakespeare

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This 1910 Italian film adaptation of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice is just under 10 minutes long and is supported by teaching ideas for English, music and art. It contains most of the key elements from the play, however omits the caskets and the business with Portia's ring. This film includes scenes shot on location and was directed by Gerolamo Lo Savio. Note: Unfortunately the BFI Archive's print is incomplete and ends with Shylock appealing to the court after Portia's warning not to spill ‘one drop of Christian blood’. The missing scene showed Shylock’s punishment by the court.
Film-Memorial Procession in English Country Town (1915)
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Film-Memorial Procession in English Country Town (1915)

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Just under 30 seconds long, this short film gives a glimpse into celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1915. Accompanying teaching notes use the film to spark conversations and inspiration for English, history and music. Residents of Stratford-upon-Avon are treated to a double dose of patriotic celebration every 23rd April, when St George's Day coincides with William Shakespeare's birthday!  Marked in much the same way for 200 years, the town’s inhabitants carry wreaths and flowers to the Bard's tomb in Holy Trinity Church.
Film-St George's Day at Stratford-upon-Avon (1915)
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Film-St George's Day at Stratford-upon-Avon (1915)

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This short film, only one minute long, gives a snapshot of celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1915. Accompanying teaching notes use the film to spark conversations and inspiration for English, history and music. Residents of Stratford-upon-Avon are treated to a double dose of patriotic celebration every 23rd April, when St George's Day coincides with William Shakespeare's birthday.
The Poet's Eye: Tribute to William Shakespeare (1964)
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The Poet's Eye: Tribute to William Shakespeare (1964)

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A tribute to William Shakespeare made in connection with the quatro-centenary celebrations. Spoken extracts from Shakespeare's works (read by Stephen Murray) blend with visuals of scenes in Britain today which illustrate his references to countryside or childhood, and the sea or to the taverns and trades of London. Includes sequence of Olivier as Henry V and is accompanied by period music on the lute by Desmond Dupré.