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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.
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.
The Sandman - KS3 English
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The Sandman - KS3 English

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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 to the short animation The Sandman, where students watch the film and learn about the difference between narration and narrative.
Night of the Demon - KS3 Art
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Night of the Demon - KS3 Art

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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 uses Night of the Demon to explore the way in which suspenseful storytelling can be created in films.
Hansel & Gretel - KS3 PSHE
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Hansel & Gretel - KS3 PSHE

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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 resource uses the Hansel & Gretel story as a basis for recognising and responding to everyday risks. Requires the accompanying DVD.
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.
A Trip to the Moon English KS3
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A Trip to the Moon English KS3

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A lesson for key stage 3 English students which explores concepts of tourism and exploration in space and considers the dangers and possibilities of space travel, using silent sci-fi film, A Trip to the Moon (1902).
Film-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Silent Shakespeare
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Film-A Midsummer Night's Dream: Silent Shakespeare

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Vitagraph’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1909) is the first film version of the play and is just under 12 minutes long, supported by teaching notes. It is abbreviated, but the action does closely follow Shakespeare’s original with the exception of a fresh character, the fairy Penelope. The wonderful woodland location filming and a number of engaging performances make this one of their most successful Shakespeare adaptations.
The Glitterball English KS2
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The Glitterball English KS2

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In this lesson for key stage 2 English, students will the characterisation of its central character: the alien in The Glitterball (1977). Students will hypothesise ideas about the glitterball and eventually produce a short non-chronological report about the alien for the police.
The Curse of Frankenstein - KS3 English
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The Curse of Frankenstein - KS3 English

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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, The Curse of Frankenstein, students will read a BBC news story which incorporates some themes from the film.
Sci-Fi Bingo
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Sci-Fi Bingo

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If you're planning on watching one or more of the BFI&'s ten Sci-Fi discovery films at the Into Film Festival or elsewhere, why not have a go at our Sci-Fi Bingo game? Download the PDF, complete with instructions. Enjoy!
A Grand Day Out English KS3
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A Grand Day Out English KS3

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This lesson for key stage 3 English uses A Grand Day Out (1989) and A Trip To The Moon (1902) to explore the use of surrealism, parody and fantasy for comic effect.
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.
A Grand Day Out English KS4
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A Grand Day Out English KS4

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In this lesson for key stage 4 English, students consider and explore the notion of Britishness, looking at the film A Grand Day Out (1989). Students will critically read and reinterpret the text to match it more accurately with their own view of what it means to be British in the twenty first century. (The broken link has now been fixed).
Sci-Fi Silents English KS3 1
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Sci-Fi Silents English KS3 1

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Part one of a three-part creative writing lesson using three silent sci-fi films: Mister Moon (1901), Trip to the Moon (1902), and The ? Motorist (1906).
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.
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.
A Grand Day Out Physics KS3
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A Grand Day Out Physics KS3

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This lesson uses the Wallace and Gromit film, A Grand Day Out (1989), to teach students about aerodynamics. They will design their own spaceship, trying to improve on Wallace’s original design. They will also work on maths skills by working out the speed of the ship whilst watching the film in real time.