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Science Fiction and Fantasy
You may think of movie aliens as monsters out to conquer the planet - but Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind might give you different ideas. The story follows an average family man who becomes convinced he's seen a UFO near his mid-American home. His family don't believe him - in fact, they think he's losing his mind. Eventually, his obsession takes over his life, and he sets off towards a strange rock formation hundreds of miles away that may hold the answers to his questions. Few people who see what that journey leads to will ever forget it...
A film guide that looks at Arrival (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Contact (1997), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
A film guide that looks at Midnight Special (2016), exploring its key topics and themes through informal discussion.
This is a teaching resource written by CCEA's senior exam team, with Into Film in support of the GCE Moving Image Arts specification.
Activities to support engagement, debate and reflection alongside a screening from the No Borders, No Boundaries strand of the festival.
Big budget movie version of HG Wells pioneering sci-fi alien invasion story.
11–16 years 111 mins
This heart-warming family favourite about an alien stranded all alone on earth contains some of the most magical scenes in movie history.
All ages 115 mins
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We take a look at thoughtful new sci-fi Arrival, which has an interesting focus on language and communication, and reflects the rich history of the genre.
Reading time 6 mins
We take a look at the many challenges - both technical and human - involved in bringing The BFG and Roald Dahl's other worlds to life on screen.
Reading time 9 mins
Director Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks reunite to explore the Cold War in new thriller Bridge of Spies.
Reading time 10 mins
We look at how director Jeff Nichols takes inspiration from the legendary Steven Spielberg in his new sci-fi drama Midnight Special.
Reading time 8 mins
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