This film list is a comprehensive source of all titles on the WJEC and EDUQAS Film Studies A-Level syllabus which are currently available to stream on Into Film+ and Into Film+ Premium. The syllabus titles are correct as of August 2023 for the 23/24 academic year and will be updated whenever relevant. All titles listed have accompanying film guides for further discussion.
The titles, and the sections they appear in on the syllabus, are as follows:
Component 1: Varieties of film and filmmaking
Casablanca (Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 - Classic Hollywood)
Vertigo (Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 - Classic Hollywood)
Some Like It Hot (Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 - Classic Hollywood)
Bonnie and Cyle (Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 - New Hollywood)
Blade Runner (Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 - New Hollywood)
Do the Right Thing (Section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990 - New Hollywood)
Inception (Section B: American film since 2005 - Mainstream film)
Selma (Section B: American film since 2005 - Mainstream film)
La La Land (Section B: American film since 2005 - Mainstream film)
Joker (Section B: American film since 2005 - Mainstream film)
Little Women (Section B: American film since 2005 - Mainstream film)
Beasts of the Southern Wild (Section B: American film since 2005 - Contemporary independent film)
Captain Fantastic (Section B: American film since 2005 - Contemporary independent film)
Boyhood (Section B: American film since 2005 - Contemporary independent film)
Get Out (Section B: American film since 2005 - Contemporary independent film)
Promising Young Woman (Section B: American film since 2005 - Contemporary independent film)
Shaun of the Dead (Section C: British film since 1995)
Fish Tank (Section C: British film since 1995)
Belfast (Section C: British film since 1995)
Small Axe: Mangrove (Section C: British film since 1995)
Component 2: Global filmmaking perspectives
Pan's Labyrinth (Section A: Global film - European film)
Mustang (Section A: Global film - European film)
Sunrise (Section C: Film movements - Silent cinema)
Component 3: Production
The Wrong Trousers (Short films study - Evaluative analysis)
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In Nazi-occupied Morocco, an American expatriate is reacquainted with his former lover, plus her husband, as they seek safe passage to the US.
This film is one of the set titles to choose from in the study of Classic Hollywood as part of component 1, section A: Hollywood 1930 - 1990. Regarded as one of the best screenplays ever written, it offers a rich introduction to exploring the varieties of film and filmmaking.
A retired detective suffering from vertigo is hired to follow the wife of a friend but soon finds himself caught up in a web of deceit and lies.
A specialist focus in the study of Classic Hollywood on this syllabus is the concept of the auteur. Alfred Hitchcock is recognised as a master filmmaker with his own distinctive style, highlighted in this film through his highly inventive camerawork such as the dolly zoom and the reoccurrence of themes such as guilt and voyeurism.
Classic screwball comedy which sees two unemployed musicians forced to go on the run disguised as women after witnessing a crime.
Another title from the Classic Hollywood era that component 1, section A focuses on, this film features Marilyn Monroe in her full star power. It combines elements of gangster films, musicals and comedy, with a playful approach to sexuality that reflected changing attitudes while also adhering to classic genre tropes.
Classic film about the true-life story of the two infamous criminals that went on a gleeful spree in the US during the 1930s.
Section A of the varieties of film and filmmaking component requires a comparative study between Classic and New Hollywood films. This title, named after its dashing and dangerous protagonists, epitomises the latter, with French New Wave influences, on-location filming and transgressive scenes.
In the future human clones are sent to work in the outer reaches of space, when six escape and head to earth a blade runner is sent to hunt them.
Also part of the New Hollywood selection of titles for assessments up to and including 2024, ‘Blade Runner’ draws on film noir and science fiction conventions resulting in an aesthetic best described as ‘retro-futuristic’. Study areas include political and technological contexts and the vivid cinematography and lighting.
Racial tensions run high in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year.
Released towards the end of the New Hollywood era, as well as towards the end of the Cold War and during a turbulent period in New York City politics, Spike Lee’s third feature is visually arresting and thought-provoking. Students may explore how the fast editing, colourful mise-en-scène, and characters breaking the fourth wall boldly capture the audience.
An agent attempts to use experimental dream-sharing technology to infiltrate a target’s subconscious so that he can be reunited with his children.
An example of mainstream film in section B of component 1, which focuses on American film since 2005, this title is one of the options for assessments up to and including 2024. It offers opportunities for students to reflect on how cinema itself is a metaphor for dreaming, thus engaging with study areas such as spectatorship and ideology.
Powerful drama focusing on Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure voting rights for black Americans.
Also on the syllabus for assessments up to 2024 as an example of mainstream American film since 2005, this title lends itself to an analysis of narrative structure and ideology: based on real historical events, the Martin Luther King biopic explores the differing views and philosophies that sparked the Civil Rights Movement.
A sentimental, dreamlike musical which sees two aspiring artists attempt to make it in Hollywood amidst a whirlwind romance.
A tribute to old school Hollywood musicals, this highly stylised film also feels refreshingly original. Like many of the other American productions grouped in the mainstream film list on this syllabus, it was nominated for Best Picture at the Acadamy Awards but famously did not win. It provides ample scope for analysing film form, spectatorship, meaning and responses.
An aspiring comedian in Gotham City begins to psychologically unravel, taking on a new, dangerous persona.
This title has been newly added to the syllabus in the same section as ‘La La Land’. A dark drama with comic book origins, the film attempts to humanise the iconic Batman villain through a compelling and controversial characterisation. It presents an interesting case study for the cultural and social contexts around mainstream cinema.
Adapted from the much-loved novel, four sisters grow up together in the aftermath of the American Civil War.
Another new title among the mainstream films of component 1, section B, for assessments starting from 2025, Greta Gerwig revisits Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel in a screen adaptation that reflects contemporary sensibilities. The carefully choreographed and lively dialogue is particularly engaging and relatable.
A beautiful blend of fantasy and drama sees an isolated community threatened by a storm, told through the eyes of a remarkable young girl.
The second group of American films produced since 2005 in the varieties of film and filmmaking component focuses on contemporary independent film. This title has elements of magical realism and its young protagonist's perspective offers interesting interpretations in terms of spectatorship.
A family who have withdrawn themselves from the real world re-enter mainstream society following the sudden death of their mother.
A popular choice for the study of American independent film, this film presents an ideological take on contemporary US society, with the story of a family who has been leading an alternative lifestyle off the grid. The feature has gathered much critical acclaim, making it an interesting case study for the impact of festival success on spectators’ expectations.
An ambitious coming-of-age drama, filmed over 12 years, following the journey from childhood into adolescence of a boy from Texas.
Also following the point of view and growth of a young central character, ‘Boyhood’ is in the same section of the syllabus as ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ for assessments up to and including 2024. Its production model and critical success provide a unique case study for institutional contexts around filmmaking.
An African-American young man fears for his life upon meeting his Caucasian girlfriend’s mysterious family for the first time.
This title has been newly added to the syllabus for the study of contemporary independent film for assessments starting from 2025. Rich in symbolism and mounting tension, ‘Get Out’ can be defined as a ‘social horror’ film exploring racial politics in America and challenging genre conventions.
A 30-year-old woman is determined to inflict revenge on her former medical school classmates after a traumatic incident in their past.
Another new title among the contemporary independent films of component 1, section B, ‘Promising Young Woman’ is a dark satirical commentary on gender politics. In a similar vein to ‘Get Out’, it offers a rich discussion on spectatorship, deliberately playing with expectations and cinematic conventions.
Good-natured loser Shaun has to find his inner hero when he and friends are thrown into battle with zombies in modern-day London.
Section C of component 1 of this syllabus examines British film since 1995. One of the titles in this group is the first film in Edgar Wright’s ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ and a hugely successful example of genre hybridity blending zombie movies with British humour.
Both atmospheric and effortlessly authentic, Fish Tank is a note perfect story of an adolescent's struggle in a complex adult world.
A further example of British film since 1995, this title takes on the tradition of British Social Realism through its casting and aesthetics, and by exploring themes such as family and class divides. Its lead female character is ambitious, sensitive and fierce, challenging stereotypical representations of urban youth.
The story of a 10-year old boy’s childhood growing up amid the social and political turmoil of 1960s Northern Ireland.
Newly added to the set films of component 1, section C for assessment starting from 2025 is this Kenneth Branagh film, largely inspired by his own childhood and set within an affectionate – but not rose-tinted – portrait of his home city. Students may discuss how music, colour and perspective help construct the narrative.
Based on the true story of a West Indian community restaurant in London that was subject to relentless police aids in the 1970s.
Another title included in the section dedicated to British film since 1995 for assessments starting from 2025, 'Mangrove’ is a powerful film to engage students with specialist study areas such as ideology: it explores cultural reappropriation, postcolonialism, institutional racism and feminism, and is rooted in real events.
Outstanding fantasy grounded in a Spanish Civil War setting, about a girl who discovers a magical maze at her ruthless stepfather's remote army base.
Component 2 of this syllabus explores global filmmaking perspectives, with section A focusing on European film. This title brought director Guillermo Del Toro to international attention, with a triumphant worldwide box office of $83.3 million and a critical acclaim that still marks it as one of the most distinctive foreign language films of recent years.
Five orphaned sisters are imprisoned by their family to guard their virtue in preparation to marry them off.
Another title to choose from among the European films of component 2, section A of the syllabus is this Turkish female-directed coming-of-age film. Culture and gender politics are important themes here, and the camera angles and framing are strong entry points for discussions on the meaning behind cinematography.
This visually stunning, classic silent movie is a morality tale about a farmer who becomes torn between his wife and another woman.
Appearing in section C of the global filmmaking perspectives, which focuses on film movements, F.W. Murnau’s silent era classic is unique in that it is a German Expressionist film made for a Hollywood studio, an early example of influences in cinema practices and filmmaking talent collaborating internationally.
A beloved Aardman animation about an inventor and his dog’s hilarious misadventure with a pair of robotic trousers and a devious penguin.
As well as the production options of component 3, learners must write an evaluative analysis of their own work in relation to professionally produced short films. This British production is an inspiring reference for plot development, character design and stop-motion animation.