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Teaching Film?

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Studying Film?


Everything the busy teacher needs to successfully teach film analysis to teenagers.

 

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·          Judy Lewis is an outstanding practitioner who produces work of an exceptional quality. We have purchased numerous units and always found them to be academically rigorous, interesting and detailed.  I would never hesitate to recommend her wonderful resources.    
– Sam Glassock, Covenant Christian School, NSW, Australia

·          Your breakdown of Juno is jaw-droppingly good... then I looked back at the sheer number of no doubt equally good teaching guides you've done, and, Judy, you are a marvel.  A Boswell for the film industry.
– John Slade, US film teacher

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– Linda O'Hara, Belgium

·          May I take this opportunity to say that I have just finished teaching a unit on Macbeth using your Student Worksheets Booklet and it is one of the best resources I've ever used – thorough, well-structured and easy to use.  Thank you.
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Wes Anderson

 

One of the most idiosyncratic and original directors working today.

 

The guide focuses on Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and  The Grand Budapest Hotel. 

 

 

Full guides to Moonrise Kingdom and Fantastic Mr Fox also available.

 

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Wes Anderson's delightful 2012 romantic adventure. 

 

 

If you are looking for a director with a distinctive style, you need look no further.

 

 

Senna

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Rush

Hunt and Lauda

A tremendous documentary, based on archival material, that tells the story of Formula One great Ayrton Senna and his rivalry with Alain Prost.  A celebration of one of the most interesting, charismatic sportsmen of all time.  Perfect to team with Rush – both enjoyed by girls as much as by boys.

Director Ron Howard and writer Peter Morgan take great pains to be accurate in their absorbing account of the great rivalry between Formula 1 drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt.  A fascinating and absorbing film, for girls as well as boys – take it from one who would rather watch grass grow than watch motor-racing

 

 

Gravity

the film of 2013

 

Stumnning images, ground-breaking techniques and a brilliant central performance combine to make this an excellent choice to teach and study.

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An Introduction to Film Techniques

a series of PowerPoint presentations on film techniques, illustrated by shots from films

 

AND NOT JUST FILM GUIDES

Literature guides, based on resources built up during many years of classroom experience.

Shakespeare's plays

Yes, I know there are dozens of websites out there. 

What I offer is material of the highest calibre, with academic standards that can be relied on.

Material is ready-formatted for teachers to use in the classroom; answers are provided.

 

Hamlet             King Lear              Macbeth             Othello       

Much Ado About Nothing              As You Like It                 Romeo and Juliet

 

 

 

Other guides to literature and language

 

Mary E Pearson's The Adoration of Jenna Fox

George Orwell's Animal Farm

Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

Susan Cooper's King of Shadows

Selected Short Stories of Owen Marshall

William Golding's Lord of the Flies

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

John Steinbeck's The Pearl

Catherine Chidgey's Golden Deeds

War Poetry

 

The Origins of Our Words

 

 

Notes and task sheets built up over years in the classroom; ready to use; answers provided.

Access a printable list here.

 

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Detailed Guides to 63 Films

 

 

All film guides include

ricebu1   Scene–by-scene commentary

ricebu1   Plot analysis questions and answers

ricebu1   Setting tasks, questions and answers

ricebu1   Characterisation tasks and notes

ricebu1   Topics for theme discussions

ricebu1   Quotations; scene list

ricebu1   Lists of cast, crew, awards

 

And some or all of the following:

ricebu1   Narrative structure task sheet

ricebu1   Motifs, allusions, symbolism, parallels

ricebu1   Detailed analysis of selected scenes

ricebu1   Theme notes; Genre study; Auteur Theory

ricebu1   Notes on music, costumes, special effects…

ricebu1   Production notes

ricebu1   Puzzles, quizzes, word searches

 

An Introduction to Film Techniques

The easy way to teach students about film techniques – via PowerPoint presentations that you can show the class or that they can watch by themselves on a computer.

Wes Anderson – 'director study'

One of the most idiosyncratic and original directors working in cinema today.  Notes on all films; detailed notes on three.  Two other full film studies to team with this guide.

About a Boy

An entertaining comedy/drama that deals with issues of bullying and appropriate male behaviour. 

Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson

A small community is turned upside down when two 12-year olds run away together.  Loaded with motifs and distinctive techniques.

American Beauty

Multi-award winning drama satire of the 'American Dream'.

Moulin Rouge!

Vivid, colourful, exuberant – particularly valuable for studying editing and camera technique.

Atonement

A brilliant film adaptation of a brilliant novel.  Superb direction, design, cinematography, screenplay…

The Navigator

Vincent Ward's small miracle of a movie – its allusive story, structure and brilliant use of film technique provide rich areas for study.

A Beautiful Mind

Excellent for teaching: high calibre acting and screenplay, and contrasting genre styles. 

No. 2

Award-winning comedy-drama about a Fijian matriarch's demand for a feast – today!

Bend It Like Beckham

Very accessible tale of London girl who wants to play football to the horror of her Sikh family.

O Brother Where Art Thou?

Brilliant, entertaining and richly inventive comedy about three escaped convicts in the '30s.

Billy Elliot

A boy in an English mining town pursues his dream of being a ballet dancer.

The Pianist

Multi-award winning account of survival in the horrors of Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

The Blind Side

An inspirational tale of one boy's success, and the open-hearted family that helped him. 

Pleasantville

A comic fable of two modern kids transported into a 1950s black and white sitcom.  Stunning cinematic techniques. 

The Bourne Identity

A high interest, well-crafted spy thriller that rewrote the genre; ideal for the less academic, yet with plenty to extend the more able as well.

The Player

Robert Altman's dazzling satire is rewarding to study on many levels.  A modern classic, it is highly recommended.

Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing

The best way to introduce Shakespeare to students – lively, fun and beautifully made.

The Princess Bride

A cult favourite - a superbly entertaining and rewarding film for study.  Includes the best duel with swords in cinema.

Chicken Run

Brilliantly funny, texturally rich, with all the techniques of live action.  And only 85 minutes long.

The Queen

The most acclaimed film of 2006; a fascinating study of the clash of tradition and modernity, and of the power of the media.

The Constant Gardener

Visually and cinematically superb, with powerful and topical themes, this is a good film for study.

Remember the Titans

About the forced integration of an American high school football team; even for those who don’t like football.

Crash

Best Picture Oscar winner – a study in racism and the effects of strangers on the lives of others.

Richard III

Ian McKellen’s triumphantly cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play. 

Danny the Champion of the World

A wonderful adaptation of Roald Dahl's book, with plenty of material for theme study and drama. 

Rush

A fascinating and brilliantly cinematic study of rivalry in a sport that can be deadly.

Dead Poets Society

Peter Weir's moving and inspiring examination of life in a boys' school in 1959.  Written by Peter Beale.

Senna

A superb and enthralling documentary about a charismatic sportsman.  Ideal to team with Rush.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Charlie Kaufman's highly original and exciting tale; the film of 2004!

Shakespeare in Love

Perfect to team with the study of Romeo and Juliet, but marvellous on its own as well.

Fantastic Mr. Fox, directed by Wes Anderson

A brilliant adaptation of Dahl's much loved book.  Aimed more at older children and adults, it will be a joy to teach.  Wide range of techniques employed.

The Shawshank Redemption

Teaching notes by Peter Beale.  The classic prison movie about degradation, uplift and hope. 

The Fellowship of the Ring

Thrilling and exciting; superbly acted, directed and filmed – it has it all.

Shrek

Delightful animated fairy tale, with enough to please all ages.  All 'live action' techniques utilised.

Finding Neverland

Charming, moving film about the inspiration for Peter Pan.  Excellent for all ages.

Shutter Island

Scorsese's psychological thriller is a thrilling example of virtuoso film-making.  Superb cinematic techniques; excellent for narrative structure.

Gravity

At a concise 82 minutes running time, this will be ideal and worthwhile for classroom study. 

Sione's Wedding

Infectious comedy set in the lively and attractive world of Auckland's Samoan community.  Released internationally as Samoan Wedding.

Heavenly Creatures

Peter Jackson’s masterpiece about a real-life murder by two schoolgirls in 1950s Christchurch.

Slumdog Millionaire

The success story of 2008 in cinemas as well on screen.  Brilliant techniques make for rewarding teaching.

The Help

Multi-award winning account of the lives of black maids in 1963 Jackson, Mississippi.  Addresses issues of racism, courage and friendship. 

The Social Network

Through a brilliant screenplay, direction and cinematography, it  explores the founding of the phenomenon that is Facebook.

Holes

A superb adaptation of the popular book by Louis Sachar, about a boy who is sentenced to digging holes in a dried-up Texas lake.

Spider-Man [2002]

A winning combination of high interest action and cinematography, with great characterisation and acting.  with Tobey Maguire; dir. Sam Raimi 

Hugo

I can't think of a better film to teach young people about story-telling and movie-making. 

Stranger Than Fiction

In this lovely postmodern comedy-drama, which asks serious questions and has fun doing it, a tax auditor learns he is the character in a novel.

In My Father's Den

Character study and thriller – a weary war journalist returns to his small NZ town for his father's funeral.

Strictly Ballroom

Baz Luhrmann's first feature hasn't lost any of its sparkle or charm.  Only 94 minutes long – perfect for the classroom. 

Into the Wild

Sean Penn's controversial 2007 account of the adventures of Chris McCandless. 

10 Things I Hate About You

A lively 1999 update of The Taming of the Shrew, set in an American high school. 

Juno

The hit of 2007.  A smart, delightful comedy, with plenty to engage students, provoke debate and study. 

THOR

Kenneth Branagh's character-driven superhero story – surprisingly rich for the genre, with much to study and enjoy.

The King's Speech

Inspirational and enjoyable story of how a reluctant king found his voice with the help of a friend.

The Truman Show

Brilliant film about a reality television programme with a star who doesn’t know he is on TV.

A Knight's Tale

In the Middle Ages, a thatcher’s son pretends to be a knight.  Deliberately anachronistic and great fun.

V For Vendetta

A futuristic thriller, a dystopian satire, a sci-fi action film, and even a love story.  So much to teach that the guide has 139 pages.

Lars and the Real Girl

A wonderful and charming comedy-drama about the power of individual and community kindness.

Walk the Line

The hugely enjoyable story of Johnny cash and June Carter is rich in themes, characterisation and techniques.

Little Miss Sunshine

The comedy hit of 2006, it has much to say about winning and losing, leadership and co-operation.

Whale Rider

A wonderful film about a young Maori girl proving her worth as a leader of her people. 

The Matrix

A rich, complex and entertaining film.  Great for the classroom.

The World's Fastest Indian

Anthony Hopkins stars in this charming tale of sexagenarian Kiwi Burt Munro, who broke speed records on his modified 1920 Indian motorcycle.

Mean Creek

A lean, uncompromising film about teenagers seeking revenge on a bully and then facing the consequences of a prank gone wrong.

Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet

The most sumptuous film ever of a Shakespeare play – visually stunning; excellent for teaching technique

 

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Hidden Figures

the inspirational story of the African-American women who contributed to the Space Race

 

 

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Film Guides

An Introduction to Film Techniques

Wes Anderson – director study

About a Boy

American Beauty

Atonement

A Beautiful Mind

Bend It Like Beckham

Billy Elliot

The Blind Side

The Bourne Identity

Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing

Chicken Run

The Constant Gardener

Crash

Danny the Champion of the World

Dead Poets Society

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Fantastic Mr. Fox

The Fellowship of the Ring

Finding Neverland

Gravity

Heavenly Creatures

The Help

Holes

Hugo

In My Father's Den

Into the Wild

Juno

The King's Speech

A Knight's Tale

Lars and the Real Girl

Little Miss Sunshine

The Matrix

Mean Creek

Moonrise Kingdom

Moulin Rouge

The Navigator

No. 2

O Brother Where Art Thou?

The Pianist

The Player

Pleasantville

The Princess Bride

The Queen

Remember the Titans

Richard III

Rush

Senna

Shakespeare in Love

The Shawshank Redemption

Shrek

Shutter Island

Sione's Wedding

Slumdog Millionaire

The Social Network

Spider-Man

Stranger Than Fiction

Strictly Ballroom

10 Things I Hate About You

THOR

The Truman Show

V For Vendetta

Walk the Line

Whale Rider

The World's Fastest Indian

Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet

 

Literature

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Animal Farm

Golden Deeds

The Handmaid's Tale

King of Shadows

Lord of the Flies

The Pearl

To Kill a Mockingbird

Owen Marshall Short Stories

War Poetry

 

Shakespeare

As You Like It

Hamlet

King Lear

Macbeth

Much Ado About Nothing

Othello

Romeo and Juliet

 

Language

Word Origins