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Javed is a British-Pakistani teenager in his last year of college. Fed up of living in Luton with his parents, particularly his frugal and strict father, he spends his spare time writing poetry inspired by his frustration.
When a new friend introduces him to the music of American singer Bruce Springsteen, Javed identifies strongly with the lyrics, the songs giving him the confidence he needs to carve his own path outside of his family home and his hometown. Set in 1987, a turbulent time in the UK which included austerity and racism towards migrant communities, Javed must also navigate the realities of being a British person of colour. This is an uplifting musical comedy with key themes around community, growing up and cultural differences.
The newest release to be inspired by a much-loved childhood toy, Playmobil: The Movie uses live action and animation to create a world of diverse, exciting characters and locations after bickering brother/sister duo Marla and Charlie are accidentally sucked into the Playmobil Universe. This tale of regaining your imagination is perfect for stimulating creativity in younger students.
Meanwhile, The Sun is Also a Star is the latest Young Adult novel to be adapted to the big screen. Based on the best-selling book, the story follows two teens who, despite being from different backgrounds, meet on the streets of New York City and immediately get swept up in a whirlwind romance only to discover that one of them is scheduled to be deported from America the following day.
Lastly, The Art of Racing in the Rain is the story of Denny, a racing car driver and his family as they endure the day to day struggles of life. However, what makes this tale special is that it is narrated by Enzo, the family's wise and witty dog as he offers his musing on everything from racing to his desire to be reincarnated as a human.
A teenage girl must enter the animated world of Playmobil when her younger brother suddenly disappears.
Age group5–11 years
Adaptation of a young-adult novel in which two teenagers fall in love over a single day while the threat of deportation looms.
Age group11–16 years
New to DVD is Missing Link, an animated film from lauded stop-motion studio LAIKA (responsible for so many fantastic animated adventures over the last decade such as Kubo and the Two Strings, ParaNorman and Coraline). It is the tale of an unlikely friendship between Sir Lionel Frost, an ambitious explorer, and his latest discovery; a talative, 8-foot-tall, hairy creature known in mythology as "The Missing Link", thought by some to be the evolutionary bridge between ape and man.
A film list exploring the evolution of 3D/CGI animation.
Suitable forAll ages
No. of films11
This beautiful new stop-motion animation from LAIKA uses a story of discovery to explore identity and belonging in a changing world.
Reading time 5 mins
Encourage young people to think about the creative process with these films.
No. of films8
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