Films and activities

Here is a list of films you could consider watching in class.

  • Spanglish (multiculturalism  - USA)
  • East Is East (multiculturalism - UK)
  • Bend It Like Beckham (multiculturalism - UK)
  • Billy Elliot (growing up - UK)
  • Bowling for Columbine (the gun question - USA)
  • Braveheart (history/Scotland - UK)
  • Super Size Me (current issue/consumerism - USA)
  • Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet (drama - Australia)
  • Forrest Gump (history/drama - USA)
  • American History X (current issue/right-wing extremism - USA)
  • Of Mice and Men (history/drama - USA)
  • In the Name of the Father (history/Northern Ireland - UK)
  • Michael Collins (history/Ireland - UK)
  • Whale Rider (current issue/minorities - New Zealand)
  • Once We Were Warriors (current issue/minorities - New Zealand)
  • 8 Mile (current issue - USA)
  • Elizabeth (history - UK)
  • Shakespeare in Love (history - UK)
  • Dances with Wolves (Native Americans - USA)
  • Dead Man Walking (the death penalty - USA)
  • The Truman Show (media/reality TV - USA)
  • Ghandi (history/India - UK)
  • Angela's Ashes (history/Ireland - UK/USA)
  • Cry Freedom (history/South Africa - USA)
  • Blood Diamond (current issue/Africa - USA)
  • About a Boy (current issues - UK)


Here are some activities for the film of your choice:

a) While watching, or immediately afterwards, make a few notes on the following:

  • Main characters
  • Setting
  • Summary of the plot and the theme
  • Parts you liked
  • Parts you found disappointing

b) Then ask yourself some questions:

  • Did the characters come alive to you?
  • Was the action well planned?
  • Did the plot drag on?
  • Were there any confusing parts?
  • Was the ending believable and satisfying?
  • Did you enjoy the film?

c) Now put your notes in order and write a review. Give good reasons for your comments and be fair with criticism. Give a brief outline of the plot without giving away the end.

Would you recommend the film? To whom? Why or why not? Give your review a catching title.

d) Join 2-3 clasmates. Choose one scene from the film and try to act it out.