Mental Wellbeing & Identity

A specially selected programme of films featuring positive stories about mental wellbeing & identity.

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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. The films in this strand highlight characters achieving this with very varying degrees of success.

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Films that are part of Mental Wellbeing & Identity

1985

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration84 mins

1985(2018)

A HIV-positive young man returns to his hometown, hoping to reveal his sexuality to his religious family.

This film deals with topics such as LGBT issues, historical movements and democracy, and links to subjects including Citizenship, History and PSHE Education.

About a Girl

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration104 mins

About a Girl(2014)

After attempting to take her own life, a German teenage girl finds a newfound joy with the help of friends, family and an eccentric psychologist.

This film deals with topics such as mental health, family and music, and links to subjects including German, Psychology and PSHE Education.

Armstrong

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration100 mins

Armstrong(2019)

The definitive documentary on 20th century icon Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon.

This film deals with topics such as space and planets, travel and exploration, and mental health, and links to subjects including Design & Technology, History and Physics.

Ballerina

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration89 mins

Ballerina(2016)

In 1879 Paris, an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina takes on the identity of another in order to enrol at a prestigious ballet school.

This film deals with topics such as dance, growing up and gender representation, and links to subjects including Performing Arts, Music and History.

Beautiful Boy

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration120 mins

Beautiful Boy(2018)

A father and his teenage son work through the latter’s drug addiction which threatens to tear the family apart.

This film deals with topics such as addictions, family and autobiographies, and links to subjects including English, PSHE Education and Psychology.

Boy Erased

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration115 mins

Boy Erased(2018)

An Arkansas teenager is sent to a gay conversion therapy centre by his religious parents.

This film deals with topics such as LGBT issues, mental health and family, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Psychology and Religious Education.

Bumblebee

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration114 mins

Bumblebee(2018)

In 1987, Bumblebee heads to planet Earth and strikes up a touching friendship with a teenage girl in this ‘Transformers’ prequel.

This film deals with topics such as life and death, growing up and aliens, and links to subjects including Design & Technology and PSHE Education.

Dirty God

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration104 mins

Dirty God(2019)

A young woman tries to rebuild her life after an acid attack leaves her with severe facial scars.

This film deals with topics such as disabilities and inclusion, mental health and British cinema, and links to subjects including Psychology, PSHE Education and Film Studies.

Dumbo

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration112 mins

Dumbo(2019)

A baby elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus.

This film deals with topics such as fame and consumerism, anti-bullying and animals, and links to subjects including Performing Arts and PSHE Education.

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

CertU

Age group7+

Duration115 mins

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial(1982)

This heart-warming family favourite about an alien stranded all alone on earth contains some of the most magical scenes in movie history.

This film deals with topics such as friendships, family, child safety, film history, and aliens, and links to subjects including Film Studies and PSHE Education.

Eighth Grade

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration94 mins

Eighth Grade(2018)

A 13 year-old girl endures her final week of eighth grade, navigating the perilous world of social media and the end of middle school.

This film deals with topics such as anti-bullying, growing up and mental health, and links to subjects including Media Studies and PSHE Education.

Fighting With My Family

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration108 mins

Fighting With My Family(2019)

A girl from Norwich is offered wrestling try-outs with the WWE but must leave her family behind if she is to follow her dream.

This film deals with topics such as family, gender representation and sports, and links to subjects including Careers, Physical Education and PSHE Education.

Girl

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration109 mins

Girl(2018)

A 15-year-old transgender girl pursuing her dream of being a ballerina goes through important life changes.

This film deals with topics such as LGBT issues, dance and growing up, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Performing Arts and PSHE Education.

Jellyfish

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration101 mins

Jellyfish(2018)

A young carer with multiple responsibilities discovers she has a talent for stand-up comedy.

This film deals with topics such as abuse, anti-bullying and poverty, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Performing Arts and PSHE Education.

Last Summer

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration94 mins

Last Summer(2018)

Four young boys have their idyllic summer disrupted by a sudden tragedy in the Welsh countryside of the 1970s.

This film deals with topics such as life and death, child safety and rural locations, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Psychology and PSHE Education.

Mid90s

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration85 mins

Mid90s(2018)

A 13 year-old boy befriends a group of skateboarders in 1990s Los Angeles.

This film deals with topics such as family, friendships, gangs and extreme sports, and links to subjects including PSHE Education, Film Studies and Psychology.

Minding the Gap

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration93 mins

Minding the Gap(2018)

Documentary about three skateboarders who come of age in different ways in their home town of Rockford, lllinois.

This film deals with topics such as mental health, friendships and extreme sports, and links to subjects including Psychology, Film Studies and PSHE Education.

A Monster Calls

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration108 mins

A Monster Calls(2016)

A boy struggling to cope with his mother’s illness finds himself visited by a fantastical monster.

This film deals with topics such as life and death, anti-bullying and mental health, and links to subjects including PSHE Education, English and Psychology.

Out

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration65 mins

Out(2018)

Documentary entirely compiled of YouTube coming-out videos from gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people from all around the world.

This film deals with topics such as LGBT issues, mass media and family, and links to subjects including ICT, PSHE Education and Psychology.

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration104 mins

Pokemon: Detective Pikachu(2019)

The world of Pokèmon is brought to life as a wise-cracking creature aids a young man’s search for his missing father.

This film deals with topics such as criminal investigations, family and monsters, and links to subjects including Art & Design and PSHE Education.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration117 mins

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse(2018)

Dizzying animation in which numerous Spider-Man incarnations from different dimensions team up to defeat villain Kingpin.

This film deals with topics such as family, growing up and school, and links to subjects including Art & Design, Film Studies and Media Studies.

A Star is Born

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration136 mins

A Star is Born(2018)

A renowned musician falls in love with a young singer-songwriter and helps her to find fame as addiction takes its toll on his own life.

This film deals with topics such as fame and consumerism, love and relationships, and addictions, and links to subjects including Music, Psychology and PSHE Education.

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 topics such as life and death, family and community, and links to subjects including PSHE Education and Performing Arts.

UglyDolls

CertU

Age group5–7

Duration87 mins

UglyDolls (2019)

A group of imperfect dolls leave a town called Uglyville in the hope of finding a home with a child.

This film deals with topics such as anti-bullying, friendships and community, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

We the Animals

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration93 mins

We the Animals(2018)

Three brothers come of age through small acts of rebellion amidst their turbulent home life in upstate New York.

This film deals with topics such as family, LGBT issues and growing up, and links to subjects including PSHE Education and Psychology.

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