GTN panellist Steve Keevil on the power of film

13 Oct 2014

3 mins
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We partnered with The Guardian Teacher Network to show teachers across the UK how they can incorporate film in their classroom.

Steve Keevil is one such teacher who has been reaping the benefits incorporating film in the curriculum can provide, having run a film club for higher education students at MidKent College for over five years. A firm believer in the power of film as an educational tool, Steve was one of a number of panellists on our online Q&A on the Guardian website.

Steve regularly screens films to Level 1 & 2 students as part of a wider cultural literacy, believing film to be a great communication tool for introducing themes of equality & diversity, history and politics.

Steve consistently uses film as an educational tool throughout the curriculum, often screening foreign language films such as The Wave, Let The Right One In, and Pan's Labyrinth, which he states "encourage debate" and "help with students' reading".

Steve also uses Into Film's review of the week competition as a way to develop members' literary and critical skills, going as far as to say that "writing film reviews is an essential part of the film club experience". Thanks to film reviewing Steve says he has seen his members develop greater understanding of subjective and objective opinion and are now more confident in developing and expressing their opinion on everything around them. 

By being part of a film club, members get more confident in developing and expressing their opinion on everything around them.

Steve Keevil on the positive effects film club has had on his students.
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