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Sebastian and Mia are two hopefuls of many within the city of Los Angeles, chasing their respective dreams under the bright lights of Hollywood. He, a musician, longs to own a jazz bar, whilst she has aspirations of becoming a renowned actress, though both work uninspiring jobs while attempting to turn desire into reality. After several encounters, they soon embark upon a whirlwind romance which seems to bring about a change in fortunes for the couple. However, success brings its own complications, and each must decide what it is they need to be truly happy. La La Land is an unashamedly sentimental musical, referencing the Golden Age of Hollywood, with superb chemistry between its two leads.
A film guide that looks at La La Land (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
Classic musical filled with beautiful dancing sequences and gripping romantic entanglements.
7+ years 113 mins
Widely considered the best musical ever made, this tribute to Hollywood is about an actress who can't sing trying to move into sound films.
All ages 98 mins
Entirely sung dialogue characterises this tragic romance, as a young Genevieve falls for Guy, but his deployment to Algeria interrupts the affair.
11+ years 88 mins
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We look at the long-awaited 'Mamma Mia' sequel and how audiences are being drawn back to the unique experience of the big-screen musical.
Reading time 6 mins
Wonderfully musical character-based comedy 'The Conductor' is our latest Film of the Month winner, and comes from young filmmaker Jack in Lincoln.
Viewing time 7 mins
With a year of films that showed off big effects and took on big issues, which movies came out on top for our reporters?
Reading time 5 mins
After another superb year for cinema, we run you through the highlights of 2017 before our curators reveal their personal favourites of the year.
Reading time 8 mins
To celebrate International Music Day (21 June), our new review competition asks young people to review films with a focus on music, from Fantasia to La La Land.
Reading time 3 mins
A glossary of some of the most frequently used terms in Film Language, with examples and key-codes from classic films to help demonstrate their meaning.
No. of films31
A selection of films which explore the world of the film industry itself, from gentle parodies to loving homages.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films15
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