Mental Wellbeing

A specially selected programme of films featuring stories of young people, their mental health and the impact it can have.

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Mental Wellbeing: Moving Minds

This strand aims to open up discussion around young people and mental health. The mental health spectrum is vast and complicated; unpicking what mental wellbeing means to you can be a challenging task in itself, let alone being aware of the impact that mental health issues can have on the people around you. It's important to be there for others but equally so to learn how to take care of yourself, and the films in this strand highlight characters achieving this with varying degrees of success.

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Films that are part of Mental Wellbeing

Beast

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

Beast(2017)

Intense British thriller about a young woman who falls in love with a mysterious man widely suspected to be a serial killer.

This film deals with themes of crime and punishment, love and relationships, abuse, and mental health, and links to subjects including PSHE and Psychology.

Bohemian Rhapsody

Cert12A

Age group16+

Duration134 mins

Bohemian Rhapsody(2018)

Vibrant celebration of the life and music of British rock-band Queen, focusing on their remarkable lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

This film deals with themes of music, addictions, fame & consumerism, and LGBT life, and links to subjects including PSHE Education, Performing Arts and Media Studies.

Call Me By Your Name

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration130 mins

Call Me By Your Name(2017)

An American-Italian teenager becomes infatuated with a student who comes to live with his family in northern Italy over a hot, romantic summer.

This film deals with themes of family, love and relationships, growing up, and LGBT life, and links to subjects including English, Music and PSHE.

Coco

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration95 mins

Coco(2017)

12-year-old Miguel finds himself transported to the Land of the Dead and must find a way to return to the real world before it’s too late.

This film deals with themes of family, life and death, community, festivals and celebrations, and links to subjects including Art & Design, Music and PSHE.

Every Day

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration97 mins

Every Day(2018)

A high-school student falls for a mysterious spirit who wakes up every day in the body of a different teenager.

This film deals with themes of life and death, love and relationships, growing up, and mental health, and links to subjects including English, PSHE and Psychology.

A Fantastic Woman

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

A Fantastic Woman(2017)

Chilean drama about a transgender woman who finds herself shut out following the sudden death of her boyfriend.

This film deals with themes of love and relationships, abuse, equality, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Citizenship, PSHE and Psychology.

Ferdinand

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration106 mins

Ferdinand(2017)

A giant friendly Spanish bull who prefers flowers to fighting is mistaken for an angry beast in this animated comedy adventure.

This film deals with themes of anti-bullying, friendships, festivals and celebrations, and animals, and links to subjects including Art & Design and PSHE.

Freak Show

Cert12

Age group14–16

Duration91 mins

Freak Show(2017)

A flamboyant gay teenager, attempting to adjust to life in a new town, decides to run for Homecoming Queen at his conservative high school.

The film deals with themes of anti-bullying, friendship, addictions and LGBTQ+ experiences, and links to subjects including English and PSHE Education.

The Greatest Showman

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration105 mins

The Greatest Showman(2017)

Extravagant musical about the putting together of a circus that became a worldwide sensation and helped create the modern culture of show business.

This film deals with themes of racism and prejudice, abuse, disabilities and inclusion, and equality, and links to subjects including Economics & Business, History, Music and Performing Arts.

The Hate U Give

Cert12

Age group14+

Duration133 mins

The Hate U Give (2018)

A young girl is drawn to activism when she witnesses the police shooting of her childhood friend.

This film deals with themes of family, friendship, racism & prejudice, gangs, and mental health, and links to subjects including English, Media Studies and Citizenship.

Hearts Beat Loud

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration97 mins

Hearts Beat Loud(2018)

A record shop owner and his daughter form a band the summer before she leaves for college.

This film deals with themes of family, love and relationships, and LGBT life, and links to subjects including Music and PSHE.

I Kill Giants

Cert12

Age group11–16

Duration106 mins

I Kill Giants(2017)

A troubled teenager finds escapism from her everyday life by imagining a magical world in which she battles evil giants.

This film deals with themes of anti-bullying, growing up, and gender representation, and links to subjects including English, PSHE and Psychology.

I, Tonya

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration119 mins

I, Tonya(2017)

American ice skater Tonya Harding’s career is put on the line when an attack on a fellow competitor seemingly leaves her implicated in the crime.

This film deals with themes of fame and consumerism, family, abuse, mental health, and poverty, and links to subjects including Media Studies, PSHE and Psychology.

Ingrid Goes West

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration98 mins

Ingrid Goes West(2017)

Social media satire in which a young woman named Ingrid moves to Los Angeles to befriend her latest obsession, Instagram celebrity Taylor Sloane.

This film deals with themes of family, mental health, fame and consumerism, and technology, and links to subjects including Art & Design, ICT, Media Studies and Psychology.

Lean on Pete

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration122 mins

Lean on Pete(2017)

A teenager finds work at a local racetrack caring for one of the older horses, and the two embark on a lifechanging journey together.

This film deals with themes of life and death, growing up, travel and exploration, and links to subjects including English, PSHE and Psychology.

Love, Simon

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration110 mins

Love, Simon(2018)

A closeted gay teenager strikes up an online relationship with one of his peers, helping both towards coming out to their friends and families.

This film deals with themes of family and friendships, growing up, LGBT life, and school life, and links to subjects including English, ICT, Media Studies and PSHE.

The Man Who Invented Christmas

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration104 mins

The Man Who Invented Christmas(2017)

The story of Charles Dickens writing and self-publishing 'A Christmas Carol', establishing many of the holiday traditions we know today.

This film deals with themes of family and friendships, anti-bullying, fame and consumerism, and equality, and links to subjects including English, History and PSHE.

McQueen

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration111 mins

McQueen(2018)

Documentary about the life and work of celebrated fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

This film deals with themes of addictions, mental health, life and death, food and health, and LGBT life, and links to subjects including Art & Design, Media Studies and Psychology.

Moonlight

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration111 mins

Moonlight(2016)

Coming-of-age drama focusing on a young black man growing up in a poverty-stricken Miami neighbourhood where he struggles to fit in.

This film deals with themes of abuse, addictions, child safety, poverty, and LGBT life, and links to subjects including Film Studies, PSHE and Psychology.

My Life as a Courgette

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration66 mins

My Life as a Courgette(2016)

Touching and funny French animation about a little boy called Courgette who is taken into care.

This film deals with themes of abuse, child safety, growing up, and mental health, and links to subjects including Art & Design, French, PSHE and Psychology.

A Northern Soul

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration73 mins

A Northern Soul(2018)

Documentary chronicling the lives of Hull residents during its period as UK city of culture in 2017.

This film deals with themes of community, poverty, family, and urban life, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Film Studies, Music, and Politics.

Paddington 2

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration103 mins

Paddington 2(2017)

Paddington gets a series of jobs in the local community to buy his Aunt Lucy a birthday present, only for the gift to be stolen.

This film deals with themes of law and order, refugees and immigration, family, and growing up, and links to subjects including Citizenship, English and PSHE.

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration91 mins

The Rape of Recy Taylor(2017)

Documentary exploring the quest for justice after the rape of an African-American woman in 1944, led by NAACP’s chief investigator Rosa Parks.

This film deals with themes of abuse, campaigns and revolutions, racism and prejudice, and equality, and links to subjects including Citizenship, History, Law and Politics.

The Rider

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

The Rider(2017)

A young cowboy finds his life completely transformed following a near fatal accident on the rodeo circuit.

The film deals with themes of growing up, rural life, sports and inclusion, and links to subjects including Psychology and PSHE Education.

Romeo + Juliet

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration115 mins

Romeo + Juliet(1996)

Loud and colourful adaptation of Shakespeare's classic play about two star-crossed lovers from bitterly feuding families.

This film deals with themes of love and relationships, life and death, and gangs, and links to subjects including English and PSHE.

Searching

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration102 mins

Searching(2018)

After his 16 year-old daughter goes missing, her father investigates her laptop to try and track her down.

This film deals with themes of abuse, anti-bullying, ethics, and technology, and links to subjects including ICT, Design & Technology, and Film Studies.

Shoplifters

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration121 mins

Shoplifters(2018)

Tokyo-based drama about a family living in poverty who take in a young homeless girl.

This film deals with themes of family, friendship, growing up, poverty, and mental health, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Law, and Psychology.

Supa Modo

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration74 mins

Supa Modo (2018)

A village come together to make a young girl’s dream of becoming a superhero come true when she is diagnosed with a terminal illness.

This film deals with themes of gender representation, African countries, friendship, and community, and links to subjects including Art & Design, Moving Image Arts and PSHE Education.

Thoroughbreds

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration93 mins

Thoroughbreds(2017)

Two upper-class teenage girls rekindle a friendship which results in them plotting a murder.

This film deals with themes of life and death, growing up, and mental health, and links to subjects including Film Studies, PSHE and Psychology.

Whitney

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration117 mins

Whitney(2018)

Documentary about the life of Whitney Houston, one of the most iconic singers of her generation.

This film deals with themes of racism and prejudice, abuse, addictions, fame and consumerism, and gender representation, and links to subjects including Media Studies, Performing Arts and Psychology.

Wonder

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration113 mins

Wonder(2017)

A young boy born with facial differences begins attending school for the first time.

This film deals with themes of family, disabilities and inclusion, school life, and anti-bullying, and links to subjects including English, PSHE and Science.

The Wound

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration88 mins

The Wound(2017)

South African drama about a gay man returning to his father’s village to embark on an ancient cultural practice designed to turn teenagers into men.

This film deals with themes of child safety, poverty, gender representation, and LGBT life, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Geography and Religious Education.

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