Into Film Clubs
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Our Into Film Club of the Month winner for October 2022 is from the brilliant St Mungo's High School in Falkirk, Scotland!
Below, club leader and Film & Media teacher Fraser Johnston discusses creating separate clubs for filmmaking and film watching, extending the idea of the Into Film Ambassador scheme to young people, creating a podcast, his club's favourite films on Into Film+, and much more.
High school can be a difficult time in someone's life and being able to give them a space to share their love of film with so many like-minded people truly makes me happy.Club leader and Film & Media teacher, Fraser Johnston
We have both Film Clubs and Film Societies at our school. Our Film Clubs are split by upper and lower year groups, and are for pupils to get together and help each other make films (both for course projects and for fun). Our Film Societies allow pupils to come together, watch films and share their love and appreciation for cinema.
I wanted to create an environment for pupils who have a passion for film to meet and work together. I always think back to own time at high school and this is exactly what I would have loved. It brings me so much joy to see the smiles on our attendees faces and to know that comes from a shared passion for film. I love to see our older pupils taking on leadership roles, sharing their appreciation for film and even helping their peers become interested in filmmaking.
I've noticed a great sense of pride and responsibility within my pupils, especially the ones who help run the Film Clubs and Film Societies. As for our pupils who just attend them, I've noticed a true sense of belonging. High school can be a difficult time in someone's life and being able to give them a space to share their love of film with so many like-minded people truly makes me happy.
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T’Challa returns to his home of Wakanda to inherit the throne but soon finds himself having to defend it from a soldier with a mysterious past.
Age group11+ years
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Stop-motion animation version of Roald Dahl's woodland tale that combines a beautiful old-fashioned aesthetic with Wes Anderson's trademark dialogue.
Age group7–16 years
I have been inspired by Into Film and extended their Education Ambassador programme to the pupils. Giving students the opportunity to be ambassadors not only provides a sense of responsibility but it also helps create a culture of film throughout the school as they help other departments with film-related projects. Every Film Ambassador has or is currently studying Film & Media, and they use what they have learned to help with these projects.
They also help run the Film Clubs and Film Societies, giving up their own time to help spread the joy of cinema. The older Film Society have even created the St Mungo's Film Society Podcast as a creative method to review the films they watch. The podcast is now available to download via the Apple Podcast Store.
I want to provide our ambassadors with more work experience opportunities within the film industry and it would be fantastic to have industry guests speak to them and our clubs, both in in-person and as guests on our podcast.
Do. Not. Hesitate. Not even for a second. Even if you only gain a few members at the beginning, to that group of kids the film club means the world. It's a fantastic way to bring people together and you can be a part of that.
We've partnered with the BFI to make a collection of archive films, preserved by the BFI National Archive, available for educators to stream with Into Film+.
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Through travel bursaries and partnerships, we're able to offer many young people a completely free Into Film Film Festival experience.
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This year's festival features a number of special Q&As, workshops, and collaborative screenings across the UK. Book your free tickets now before it's too late!
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