Respecting intellectual property

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Encouraging respect for intellectual property and education around the importance of copyright underscores our entire offer. Each of these films provides an interesting springboard for discussing these issues with secondary age students.
The Social Network

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration115 mins

The Social Network(2010)

An unmissable explanation of exactly how Facebook has changed all our lives.

The power and prominence of social media websites bring with them the need to be extra vigilant about our behaviour online and what we should or shouldn't share. The Social Network examines the complex origins of Facebook and what it means to take credit for other people's work in compelling ways.

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Big Eyes

Cert12

Age group11–16

Duration101 mins

Big Eyes(2014)

Eccentric 1950s-set drama telling the true story of a husband who claimed he was the painter of his wife’s artwork.

The idea of passing other people's work off as your own is also central to the plot of Tim Burton's Big Eyes, which tells the true story of Margaret Keane, a hugely popular 20th century painter, who remained largely anonymous - because her husband was claiming credit for the paintings himself.

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Almost Famous

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration118 mins

Almost Famous(2000)

Funny yet poignant coming-of-age movie about a teenager touring with his favourite rock band.

Issues around honesty and creativity are also explored in Almost Famous, when Patrick, a teenage writer is unexpectedly commissioned by Rolling Stone magazine to go on the road with his favourite band. The dream turns sour however, when Patrick encounters a band fiercely protective of their image - however distorted - even accusing Patrick of lying in his article.

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Searching For Sugar Man

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration86 mins

Searching For Sugar Man(2012)

Charming documentary following two fans on their quest to discover what really happened to their folk-rock hero, the mysterious Rodriguez.

In the 1970s, the singer Rodriguez was a modestly successful folk musician in the US, but gradually faded into obscurity. Unbeknownst to him however, he had been a superstar in South Africa for several decades, as the brilliant documentary Searching For Sugar Man examines. One of many questions raised is just what happened to all the royalties he accrued there over the years?

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Moulin Rouge!

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration122 mins

Moulin Rouge!(2001)

Spectacular modern musical with glittering costumes and amazing dance sequences, using contemporary pop hits.

Music is central to the storytelling of Moulin Rouge. Reinterpreting popular 20th century music and ingeniously interweaving songs into the narrative, the film is a celebration of creativity and expression in all its forms - from dynamic filmmaking techniques, to the tender romantic poetry created by its central protagonist, Christian.

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Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration98 mins

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl(2015)

Outsider-by-choice and keen amateur filmmaker Greg is mortified when his mother forces him to befriend a seriously ill classmate.

Reinterpreting art is also a key idea in the teenage indie comedy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Greg is a keen amateur filmmaker who creates elaborate homages to his favourite art-house films. Already hugely imaginative, as the story develops Greg learns to channel this creativity into something personal, emotive and heart-wrenching.

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Berberian Sound Studio

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration89 mins

Berberian Sound Studio(2012)

Acclaimed, atmospheric exploration of the Italian horror genre through the eyes of an unassuming sound engineer.

Filmmaking of an altogether darker form is examined in British drama Berberian Sound Studio, which is told from the perspective of one of the unsung members of a film crew, the sound engineer. They diligently work on an Italian horror film, creating the most believable but sinister effects possible, before things take an altogether more chilling turn.

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Birdman

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration114 mins

Birdman(2014)

Black comedy about an ageing actor attempting to shake-off the demons associated with his most famous role.

Behind-the-scenes dramas are also the focus of the hugely original and technically audacious Birdman. Michael Keaton plays a semi-forgotten film star, attempting to get his career back on track with a theatrical adaptation of one of Raymond Carver's short stories and shake off the superhero role that has plagued him for years.

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Godzilla

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration123 mins

Godzilla(2014)

American sci-fi bringing the Japanese film monster to a contemporary setting for a reboot of the franchise.

In 2014, British director Gareth Edwards was entrusted to resurrect one of cinema's most iconic creatures, Godzilla. The film provokes questions around remaking classic stories and characters for new audiences, and is an effective springboard for discussions around scientific endeavour and the ethical considerations associated with progress.

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The Theory of Everything

Cert12

Age group11–16

Duration118 mins

The Theory of Everything(2014)

Moving biopic of the renowned British scientist Stephen Hawking, from his student days in Cambridge to the present.

Few people have done as much to inspire learning and wonder than Stephen Hawking. The Theory of Everything movingly celebrates the man and his pioneering ideas, revealing how they changed the way we think of the world and the wider universe, but always telling its story (and science) in straightforward, comprehensible terms.

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Gravity

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration89 mins

Gravity(2013)

A spectacular, thrilling story of survival set in the depths of space, with breathtaking, groundbreaking visuals.

Hawking would probably approve of how some modern blockbusters use pioneering technology to allow audiences to explore space in new ways. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Gravity, whose extraordinary visuals were the result of painstaking work behind the scenes at British visual effects company, Framestore.

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Inception

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration142 mins

Inception(2010)

Ambitious, unusual and very impressive thriller where information is taken from and implanted in people's minds, meaning anything is possible...

Some blockbusters also use their scale to explore complex, often rather abstract ideas in their narratives. With a story driven by themes of stealing and espionage - and ironically becoming one of the most pirated films of all time - Inception is an ideal film to explore notions of artistic creativity as well as scientific thought.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration141 mins

Avengers: Age of Ultron(2015)

Superhero sequel which sees Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and Thor teaming up with others to face down an unprecedented threat.

Another massively pirated title is Avengers: Age of Ultron. With Tony Stark at the centre of the narrative, the film is an exciting, spectacular tale of what can happen when science and invention goes wrong'

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Tomorrowland

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration130 mins

Tomorrowland(2015)

Sci-fi action adventure lead by an inquisitive teenage girl and a former boy-genius in a race against time to save our future.

More utopian in its outlook Tomorrowland imagines a futuristic new world without boundaries, fuelled by a love of science and technology, celebrating both the ordinary and extraordinary through Casey, its young teenage protagonist.

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Bill

CertPG

Age group11–14

Duration94 mins

Bill(2014)

Bill Shakespeare’s had a go at everything, but to the frustration of his wife Anne he hasn’t found a real job. Will he make his name in London?

Bringing us back down to earth, Bill goes back to the time of William Shakespeare, and his efforts to make a name for himself in London. A brilliantly inventive comedy, our reporters were on hand to capture every step of the filmmaking process, creating a brilliant snapshot for young people of just what it takes to bring a film to the big screen.

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