Exploring History

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

Early Man
Early Man

During increasingly turbulent and uncertain times, looking to the past to gain knowledge, understanding, perspective, and critical thinking, is as vital as ever.

Film can be a fantastic way of engaging young audiences with history, using its unique ability to capture the imagination and stimulate conversation, develop empathy or just encourage a healthy debate around historical accuracy.

The films in this strand look to stories from our past - large and small, triumphant and infamous, ancient and modern - to better understand what came before us and how that can tell us something about the way we live now.

Exploring History has 429 events running

Films that are part of Exploring History

1917

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration119 mins

1917(2019)

Two young soldiers during WW1 are sent into enemy territory to deliver a message that could prevent the death of hundreds.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as World War One and historical periods whilst linking to subjects including History and Film Studies.

A Christmas Carol

CertPG

Age group11–16

Duration94 mins

A Christmas Carol(2020)

A part-animated retelling of the classic Charles Dickens’ novel that sees the miserly Scrooge visited by three mysterious spirits on Christmas Eve.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods and ethics whilst linking to subjects including History and English Literature.

Belfast

CertUnclassified

Age group16+

Duration97 mins

Belfast(2021)

The story of a 10-year old boy’s childhood growing up amid the social and political turmoil of 1960s Northern Ireland.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods, family, and growing up, whilst linking to subjects including History.

The Croods 2: A New Age

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration96 mins

The Croods 2: A New Age(2020)

Whilst searching for a new home, prehistoric family The Croods meet The Bettermans, another family who claim to be more evolved in every way.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as community and travel & exploration whilst linking to subjects including PSHE Education.

Early Man

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration90 mins

Early Man(2018)

Aardman animation adventure set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths ruled the earth.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods and community whilst linking to subjects including History and Geography.

Emma.

CertU

Age group11+

Duration125 mins

Emma.(2020)

A period romantic comedy based on the Jane Austen novel, in which a precocious young woman plays matchmaker within her social circle.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods and gender representation whilst linking to subjects including History and English Literature.

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 is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as campaigns & revolutions and gender representation whilst linking to subjects including History.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration119 mins

The Personal History of David Copperfield(2019)

Comedic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ rags-to-riches novel about an orphaned boy who tries to find his way in the world.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods and growing up whilst linking to subjects including English Literature and History.

Summerland

Cert12A

Age group14–16

Duration100 mins

Summerland(2020)

During World War II, a reclusive female writer is forced to take in a child evacuee from London.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods and LGBT issues whilst linking to subjects including Citizenship and PSHE Education.

Les Hirondelles de Kaboul (The Swallows of Kabul)

CertUnclassified

Age group16+

Duration81 mins

Les Hirondelles de Kaboul (The Swallows of Kabul)(2019)

French animation about the struggles of a couple under Taliban rule in Afghanistan.

This film is included in our Exploring History strand as it deals with topics such as historical periods and Middle-Eastern countries whilst linking to subjects including History and Citizenship.

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