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Drama, Science Fiction and Fantasy
Conor O’Malley lives with his mum in a house by the cemetery, where they are watched over by an ancient yew tree. Conor has been suffering recurrent nightmares, tied up with his fear of losing his mother who is suffering from cancer, and as a result Conor is tired, angry and withdrawn. Bullied at school and trying to be strong for his mum at home, Conor is worn out from trying to keep it together, and afraid of what the passing of time will bring. When one night the yew tree from the cemetery speaks to him, he isn’t sure whether his mind is playing tricks, or if he has finally found someone he can talk to without having to put up a brave front.
A film guide that looks at A Monster Calls (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A live-action remake of the 1977 children’s classic which sees a boy living in a North American forest with his only friend: a big green dragon.
7–14 years 103 mins
A young boy named Kubo must find his samurai father’s magical suit of armour in order to overcome the unforgiving spirits of the past.
7–16 years 102 mins
Possibly the greatest war film ever made, this anime is the deeply moving tale of a boy and his sister fighting to survive in World War II Japan.
11+ years 89 mins
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Reading time 3 mins
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Reading time 8 mins
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Reading time 4 mins
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Reading time 7 mins
Film can be a wonderful tool for developing emotional understanding and mental wellbeing, while the act of filmmaking can provide a powerful means of
A selection of films which explore the many worlds of fairy tales, from early interpretations to modern-day innovations.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films30
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