Beautiful Boy

In cinemas January 18

Subject links

  • PSHE Education

For ages

  • 14+
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About this resource

REGISTER AND DOWNLOAD our Beautiful Boy: Relationships and Resilience assembly resource.

Using powerful new film Beautiful Boy - in cinemas 18 January - our brand-new Relationships and Resilience assembly resource and activities will help young people aged 15-18 across the UK engage with the PSHE curriculum.

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the true and inspiring story of survival, relapse and recovery in a family coping with addiction over the course of many years.

The assembly and accompanying classroom activity explores themes including:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Family relationships
  • Addiction
  • Risk, resilience and recovery
  • Seeking help and communicating.

The core assembly can be followed up with optional in-class extension activities to further explore the themes and issues above using the characters of David and Nic as a starting point.


From the Academy Award® winning producers of the acclaimed Moonlight and 12 Years a Slave, Beautiful Boy boasts hugely affecting performances from Steve Carell (Foxcatcher, The Big Short) and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your Name) as the father and son pair at the film's heart, with the universal theme of family relationships making the story relatable to all.


If you're lucky enough to have a Picturehouse cinema near you, they're offering schools £4 student tickets to see Beautiful Boy on weekday mornings, with teachers going free for groups of 20 students or more.For groups of less than 20 students, a flat fee of £80 is required. Request a booking form and see terms and conditions.


Our Relationships and Resilience resource is supported by Addaction, an organisation that works with young people and families who need help or advice with drugs, alcohol, self-harm and mental health problems.


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About this film

Based on the best-selling memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, ‘Beautiful Boy’ explores their relationship and its many ups and downs of the years as Nic struggles with drug addiction. Despite sharing a close bond with his father in Nic’s younger years, he begins to confide in David less and less in his later teenage life, with his father growing increasingly concerned for his son’s welfare. Through recovery, relapse and unwavering support from his family, Nic battles against the addiction which threatens to consume him, in this emotionally raw, sensitive drama.


Felix Van Groeningen


Oakley Bull, Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, Christian Convery, Kaitlyn Dever, Maura Tierney


15 Classification