Exploring History

A specially selected programme of films featuring stories that revisit historical events or are based on true stories.

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During increasingly turbulent and uncertain times, looking to the past to gain knowledge, understand and perspective, and to develop critical thinking, is as vital as ever. In a year that takes in 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, the 50th anniversaries of landing on the Moon and the Stonewall riots, and the bi-centenary of Queen Victorias's birth, cinema continues to turn to history as a means of engaging audiences. The films in this strand will tell stories of remarkable events - those large and small, triumphant and infamous, ancient and modern - all in ways that will provoke stimulate and inspire.

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Films that are part of Exploring History

A Private War

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration110 mins

A Private War(2018)

Biopic on celebrated war correspondent Marie Colvin and her extraordinary life.

This film deals with topics such as modern warfare, ethics, gender representation, and mental health, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Media Studies and World History.

Apollo 11

CertU

Age group11+

Duration93 mins

Apollo 11(2019)

Astonishing documentary, created entirely from restored archive materials, which tells the story of mankind’s first trip to the moon.

This film deals with topics such as space and planets, travel and exploration, and The Cold War, and links to subjects including Science, Design & Technology, Film Studies and 20th Century History.

Are You Proud?

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration100 mins

Are You Proud?(2019)

Inspiring documentary featuring rare footage of LGBTQ+ led protests in the UK throughout the years.

This film deals with topics such as LGBT issues, campaigns and revolutions, equality, and community, and links to subjects including Citizenship, PSHE Education and British History.

The Favourite

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration119 mins

The Favourite(2018)

Two women seeking power vie for the attention and affection of Queen Anne in early 18th century England.

This film deals with topics such as mental health, fame and consumerism, gender representation, and friendships, and links to subjects including Politics and British History.

First Man

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration141 mins

First Man(2018)

The story behind Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, and the dangers and costs behind one of the most impressive achievements in history.

This film deals with topics such as life and death, mental health, fame and consumerism, and family, and links to subjects including Psychology, Science, and 20th Century History.

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration92 mins

Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans(2019)

A Roman teenager's failed attempt at a get-rich-quick scheme lands him in hot water with Emperor Nero and so he is forced to join the Roman army.

This film deals with topics such as campaigns and revolutions, family, books and plays, and gender representation, and links to subjects including English Literature and Ancient History.

Mary Queen of Scots

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration124 mins

Mary Queen of Scots(2018)

Stylish period-drama which examines the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th century.

This film deals with topics such as campaigns and revolutions, gender representation, and LGBT issues, and links to subjects including Religious Education, Citizenship, and British History.

Meeting Gorbachev

CertUnclassified

Age group16+

Duration90 mins

Meeting Gorbachev(2019)

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, is interviewed in order to discuss his life and work.

This film deals with topics such as ethics, The Cold War, law and order, and democracy, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Politics and 20th Century History.

Midway

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration100 mins

Midway(2019)

Action-packed war film following a group of US sailors and pilots during The Battle of Midway, a turning point in the Pacific Theatre of World War 2

This film deals with topics such as historical events, life and death, and World War Two, and links to subjects including Geography, Politics and 20th Century History.

Official Secrets

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration112 mins

Official Secrets(2019)

The true story of a whistle-blower who uncovered an illegal spying operation prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the United States.

This film deals with topics such as criminal investigations, ethics, and modern warfare, and links to subjects including Citizenship, Law, Politics and World History.

Robert the Bruce

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration123 mins

Robert the Bruce(2019)

Historical drama on Scottish hero Robert the Bruce and the troubles that ensued after his coronation.

This film deals with topics such as campaigns and revolutions, historical figures, and European countries, and links to subjects including British History.

Saving Private Ryan

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration170 mins

Saving Private Ryan(1998)

Epic World War Two drama, centring on a mission to find and bring home an American soldier, after his three brothers have all been killed in combat.

This film deals with topics such as family, friendships, life and death, and World War Two, and links to subjects including Film Studies and 20th Century History.

Spitfire

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration97 mins

Spitfire(2018)

Documentary exploring the history of the Spitfire plane told by the last-surviving veterans who operated it during World War Two.

This film deals with topics such as democracy, life and death, and World War Two, and links to subjects including Design & Technology, Citizenship and World History.

Sputnik (Mission Sputnik)

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration80 mins

Sputnik (Mission Sputnik)(2013)

Family-friendly exploration of history as ten year-old Rike and her friends attempt to use their love of science to unite Germany in 1989.

This film deals with topics such as growing up, friendships, law and order, and civil wars, and links to subjects including German, Citizenship, Science and 20th Century History.

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