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The Film Essay

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Below are the resources for our The Film Essay training session. You can download the PowerPoint presentation, which contains activities and film clips, as well as some guidance notes and worksheets to help you conduct the session.

This resource is designed to help teachers guide learners through the process of creating a film essay. A film essay presents an argument, explores a topic, problem or theme, or analyses an issue through the application of cinematic techniques in the creation of a structured film. 

The Film Essay resource is for use with learners aged 11 and over, and boasts differentiated worksheets for differing ability levels. It is comprised of the below teachers' notes document, split up into the Think, Plan, Create, Exhibit and Evaluate process. There is also an accompanying The Film Essay PowerPoint presentation and The Film Essay Toolkit with worksheets for young people to complete as they produce their film essays.

This resource includes


All ages


Medium (5-11 activities)

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"The film texts motivate and engage all types of learners. As a result, the ‘give it a go’ approach has never been more evident in my class as they feel more confident expressing their ideas and opinions in a creative manner. This powerful tool has enabled every child in my P6 class to achieve success in literacy."

- Ashleigh O'Neill, KS2 Teacher, St Anne's Primary School, Belfast