Into Film Clubs
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Rena Papadopoulos is an English teacher at Abingdon School, in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and has been running her school's Into Film Club since 2019. We spoke to Rena about how her club has grown over the years and the positive effect teaching with film has had on her members.
I'd heard of the website, and thought the students would enjoy it. At first it was a very small club, but over time some members started to bring their friends along, and it's grown from there.
I enjoy discussing the films with the club members, and also enjoy it when they discover a new film or come to appreciate a classic.
We switched to online recommendations during the lockdown, and students could add their reviews [to the website] if they managed to watch the films. Now that we're back at school, one year group is in the classroom, while others join via Zoom.
I have realised members really enjoy some time at school when they can sit back and just enjoy a film, then be able to discuss it afterwards with their friends. It's given the more successful reviewers confidence, and some students have kept up with the club since it started, so I think it's helping to foster a love of film and widen their range of experiences with film.
I think the main advice would be to get students to go into some detail about what they liked, or if they didn't like it, to explain why they didn't take to the film. Get them to try and show that they've thought about how the film is put together.
As an English teacher, film has always been a useful tool. I also think there's a lot of potential in students making their own short films.
I found out recently that a couple of club members had started making their own films and submitting them to Into Film's Film of the Month competition without my knowledge! I think this is great and is something we could look into more.
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