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Science Fiction and Fantasy, Short Films, Silent
One of the first real films as we know them today, this is a flight of the imagination, capturing audiences with the magic of the moving image to transport them to the moon. A group of astronomers agree to be part of a dangerous exploration mission and are rocketed into space. When they land on the moon, they encounter surreal plants, creatures and fantastical beings, all visualised with inventive special effects. Legendary cinema pioneer Georges Melies created this iconic work that, even at only fourteen minutes long, will linger in the memory long after it is over, and has influenced many films that have followed it.
This From Silent to CGI: A Brief History of Cinema teaching resource tracks the progress of cinema from the 1800s to the present day.
A lesson plan to work with the silent classic A Trip to the Moon as stimulus for a KS3 English lesson.
A lesson plan to work with the 1980s classic Flash Gordon as stimulus for a KS3 History, English or Citizenship lesson
This resource supported the BFI Sci-fi strand at the Into Film Festival
This visually spectacular German sci-fi classic (made, incredibly, in 1927) sees the rich live in skyscrapers and the poor toil underground.
11+ years 138 mins
Silent, spooky version of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson story, about a doctor who creates a potion which splits his personality into two sides.
11+ years 67 mins
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June's Leader of the Month, Jennifer Skinner, from the Isle of Tiree, Scotland, explains how running a film club has benefitted the small island community.
Viewing time 5 mins
We look at how LAIKA's Kubo and the Two Strings recreates an authentic-yet-fantastic ancient Japan, whilst pushing the boundaries of stop-motion animation.
Reading time 7 mins
Ridley Scott's space-faring epic 'The Martian' may be rooted in science fiction, but there's a lot more science fact in it than you might think.
Reading time 9 mins
Into Film - Into Space is an ongoing project which provides a host of great free activities around the themes of space and exploration.
Exploring the highlights of Into Film's rich and varied catalogue of Archive film from across the decades
Suitable forAll ages
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The best short films and short film programmes for primary ages available on the Into Film catalogue that are great for literacy learning.
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The best short films available on the Into Film catalogue for secondary ages that are great for literacy learning.
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