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
- 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.