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Over a long, hot summer Paul and his friends become absorbed in a complex war game in the woods. Led by fierce tactician P.K and hot-headed Skinner, the teams focus on capturing each other’s flag whilst adhering to the strict rules of the game. Although their weapons are sticks and paint balloons the game feels tense and brutal from the opening scenes and children’s commitment to the fantasy means that their anger soon turns into real violence. The blend of coming-of-age themes and war film conventions raises interesting questions about the futility of combat and the brutality people inflict on one another.
Based on William Golding's famous novel about a group of boys stranded on a desert island who create their own brutal society.
14+ years 88 mins
In an attempt to instruct his students about the dangers of fascism and autocracy, a German high-school teacher stages a bold experiment.
14+ years 105 mins
A hugely likeable coming-of-age tale set in 1980s Britain, about a pair of school friends who decide to film a sequel to Rambo.
11+ years 91 mins
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