Respect Yourself: Reject Bullying

Whiplash
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Having self-respect and maintaining your self-esteem is a vital step in tackling bullying behaviour, both for the victims of bullying and those who carry it out. In this film list the idea of respect for yourself and others - or the consequences when this is lacking - are examined in relation to instances of bullying, and forms a starting point for discussion and formation of anti-bullying strategies.

The Ant Bully

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration91 mins

The Ant Bully(2006)

Smart and funny animated story in which a bullied young boy is shrunk to the size of an ant.

Lucas deals with being bullied by the kids in his new neighbourhood by taking it out on those smaller than him - the ants! When he is magically shrunk to their size he has a lot to learn about making good friendships, working as part of a team and standing up to bullies instead of continuing the cycle.

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Matilda

CertPG

Age group5–11

Duration98 mins

Matilda(1996)

Adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl book about a girl with sunny self-reliance and special powers who attends a school with a bullying headmistress.

Book-loving Matilda is bullied by her parents who refuse to understand her, and is under the reign of terror of overbearing headteacher Miss Trunchbull at school. By believing in herself, refusing to give in, cultivating her powers and reaching out to an appropriate adult Matilda is able to turn the situation to her advantage.

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Eleanor's Secret

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration74 mins

Eleanor's Secret(2009)

Lovely-looking animation with a story that really encourages children to read for fun.

Nathan is making slow progress when it comes to reading, and is the butt of his sister’s jokes because of it. Eleanor’s Secret reveals the damage that bullying can do to young people’s self-esteem and ability to achieve, but also shows that bullying behaviour can be reversed.

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Khumba

CertU

Age group7–11

Duration81 mins

Khumba(2013)

Entertaining South African animation about a half-striped zebra who learns that difference can be a strength.

When Khumba’s different appearance is seen as a bad sign by the zebra community, he strikes out on his own to prove himself. Khumba offers an accessible way to debate the behaviour of characters who have been affected by bullying and how they have responded to it- whether they have put a stop to it through their actions or perpetuated it.

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Bridge To Terabithia

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration93 mins

Bridge To Terabithia(2007)

Charming family fantasy film following the adventures of two ten-year-old misfits, based on the popular novel.

Jess is lonely with no-one to share his creative interests, until he meets sparky Leslie who has just moved in next door. Leslie is fearless, and inspires Jess not only to pursue his passions but also to unite and stand up to the bullies.

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Back to the Future

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration117 mins

Back to the Future(1985)

Time-travelling caper with Marty McFly travelling to the 1950s in Doc Brown's DeLorean. Stunning visuals and endless 80s tropes.

When Marty meets his parents when they were his age, he has a lot of work to do to ensure that the future turns out as it should. Befriending his shy and picked-on father George, Marty gives him the confidence to confront the bully that is standing in the way of his happiness- not that George realises quite how important his actions are at the time!

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Felix

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration94 mins

Felix(2013)

An uplifting South African film about a 13-year-old talented musician who must earn a place in his new school’s jazz concert.

Felix is a talented musician from the township who wins a scholarship to the local private school. However not all of the students from his new school feel that Felix fits in, and not just because of his style of playing. Felix experiences social bullying around class and race at school, but also finds support in new friends.

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Kes

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration110 mins

Kes(1969)

Enchanting film from famed British social realist director Ken Loach, about a young lad with an unhappy life, who befriends and tames a kestrel hawk.

Bullied at home by his brother and at school by his domineering teacher and fellow classmates, Billy finds and takes care of a baby kestrel, forming a special bond with the bird and attracting the attention of a sympathetic teacher. Kes raises debate about how and when to stand up to bullying behaviour and reach out to an appropriate adult.

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Paulie

CertUnclassified

Age group5–11

Duration10 mins

Paulie(2012)

A perfect student takes on his nemesis to prove that he is still top of his class.

Paulie’s self-confidence is shattered when Tony, the boy who picks on him at school, beats him in an essay competition. Unable to believe that Tony could have won fairly, Paulie investigates further – and learns that depending on scoring higher than everyone else for his self-esteem is not the healthiest attitude.

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Into Film Youth Made Shorts - Wellbeing (Primary)

CertUnclassified

Age group5–11

Duration59 mins

Into Film Youth Made Shorts - Wellbeing (Primary)(2015)

A selection of short films made by young people from all over the UK on the theme of wellbeing.

Youthmade shorts covering a range of issues affecting young people, including responses to the issue of bullying and how to deal with it

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The DUFF

Cert12

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

The DUFF(2015)

High-school comedy about a student who reinvents herself after discovering people see her as a gateway to her more popular friends.

When Bianca discovers that she’s been labelled as the ‘Designated Ugly Fat Friend’, she decides to strike out on her own and find her own spotlight – but unwittingly exposes herself to ridicule in the process. This film explores the effect of labels on our self-perception, as well as positive and negative reactions to cyber-bullying.

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Whiplash

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration102 mins

Whiplash(2014)

Riveting two-hander about a jazz drummer and his demanding tutor.

Andrew is a talented young musician whose tutor is willing to push him to the limits. A tense examination of the nature of ambition and how it affects social relationships, as well as where the boundaries between teacher and pupil should lie.

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The Color Purple

Cert15

Age group14+

Duration147 mins

The Color Purple(1985)

Adaptation of Alice Walker's novel about the turbulent life of Celie, a black woman growing up in the American Deep South of the 1900s.

Celie has had a tough and love-starved life, suffering one indignity and abuse after another. She can endure most things with the support of her sister, but when they are separated things seem hopeless until one day she meets Shug, who inspires her to see past the insults and poor treatment and work to gain her independence.

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Mean Girls

Cert12

Age group11+

Duration92 mins

Mean Girls(2004)

Smart comedy in which a new girl at school falls in with a popular crowd, only to find they are more vicious than any jungle cat.

When homeschooled Cady starts going to school for the first time, she has a lot to learn about the dynamics of high-school society. Urged to join ‘the Plastics’, the clique of popular girls, Cady sees from the inside how shallow values and low self-esteem can lead to some very mean behaviour.

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Rebel Without a Cause

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration106 mins

Rebel Without a Cause(1955)

Classic 1950s film about a moody troublemaker - played by legendary actor James Dean, who died in a car crash a month before its release.

On his first day at a new school, Jim is keen to keep his head down and stay away from the kind of trouble that has seen him constantly moving towns. But will peer pressure and the urge to prove himself be too great to resist? The question of how best to stand up to social bullying feels as relevant today as it did when this film debuted in 1955.

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Just Jim

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration84 mins

Just Jim(2015)

Awkward teenager Jim’s life is transformed when an American neighbour takes him under his wing- but what is really beneath his newfound popularity?

Heavily influenced by Rebel Without a Cause but set in a present day Welsh village, Jim’s life is more rooted than his namesake’s but he faces the similar issues of being disconnected from his parents and bullied by his fellow students. However, when a new face appears in town who wants to help Jim, his social problems miraculously disappear.

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The Bully

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration23 mins

The Bully(2009)

A moving Australian short film that looks at the causes of bullying and how bad advice can make matters worse.

When Jonathan becomes the victim of his school’s resident ‘tough kid’ he reaches out to his father for help, and is told to ‘man up’. Taking this advice leads to some very sticky circumstances, and it becomes harder and harder for Jonathan to set things straight in this short that explores different types of bullying and the circumstances behind it.

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Into Film Youth Made Shorts - Wellbeing (Secondary)

CertUnclassified

Age group11+

Duration130 mins

Into Film Youth Made Shorts - Wellbeing (Secondary)(2015)

A selection of short films made by young people from all over the UK on the theme of wellbeing.

Youthmade shorts covering a range of issues affecting young people, including responses to the issue of bullying and how to deal with it.

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