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Documentary filmmaker Carol Morley’s first fiction feature is a distinctive, engaging tale of teenagers at a girls’ school in 1960s England. Whilst the girls are immersed in the dramas of coming of age, the school is overcome with a spell of mass fainting; a strange, trance-like state that strikes students at unexpected moments. At the centre of events is the intense friendship between Abbie and Lydia, whose relationship appears to be a catalyst for the strange occurrences. Compelling performances and a dizzying soundtrack leave the audience, like many of the adults in the film, unsure whether the girls actions are the expression of teen hysteria or the result of something truly supernatural.
A film guide that looks at The Falling (2014), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
The arrival of an unorthodox, inspiring teacher to a conservative '50s boarding school has a huge, controversial impact in this famed, touching drama.
11–16 years 123 mins
A God-fearing policeman travels to a remote Scottish island and uncovers a fanatical pagan cult in this British horror classic.
16+ years 84 mins
A bizarre outbreak of suicides among the girls of one family is the focus of this intelligent, haunting Sofia Coppola film.
16+ years 92 mins
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We look at new coming-of-age drama The Fits, the story of young boxer Toni and her transition into adulthood as she joins a competitive dance troupe.
Reading time 4 mins
Our films programming team offer up their selections for film of the year. Is yours on there?
Reading time 8 mins
Our film programming team cherrypick the best films from this year's London Film Festival, highlighting those likely to be engaging young audiences in 2016-17.
Reading time 3 mins
We look at striking new British drama Lady Macbeth and the way its sparseness, diversity and violence sets it apart from what we expect from a costume drama.
Reading time 7 mins
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In celebration of International Women's Day a list of great films for Primary and Secondary ages directed by women
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films31
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