New titles streaming on Into Film: '1917' and more

05 Nov 2021 in Into Film+

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We're excited to announce a fresh selection of titles that are now available to stream on Into Film+. This includes World War I epic 1917 in time for Remembrance Day on 11 November, in addition to other titles with accompanying film guides to spark discussion.

It can be difficult to imagine the intensity of past wars, but film can allow us to see what those on the front line might have experienced. 1917 does just this, pushing the boundaries of immersive filmmaking by creating an experience that takes us right into the heart of the action. 

The setting is World War One and the story follows two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, who have been given the difficult task of venturing into enemy territory to deliver a message to an isolated regiment. This message could prevent the death of 1,600 soldiers, including Blake's own brother. Shot to appear as one take, the film is a thrilling and inventive addition to the war genre. 

Accompanying the film becoming available for streaming now on Into Film+, we have a film guide which explores the film's key topics and themes. 

Other new titles on Into Film+

Sonic the Hedgehog

The popular 90s video game about a super speedy blue hedgehog gets a big screen adaptation. Chased after by the evil Dr. Robotnik and government officials for his supernatural abilities, Sonic seeks the hep of a small-town police officer to help him evade capture. Including an eccentric performance by Jim Carrey and a strong message about using your skills for good, this is an enjoyable, fast-paced adventure.

The film guide for Sonic the Hedgehog is most relevant for students aged 7-11 and explores subjects such as PSHE Education and Design and Technology, with creative activities exploring the characters and settings.

Eighth Grade

This American indie follows a 13-year-old girl's journey through the awkwardness of middle school. Kayla may appear confident in her Youtube vlogs but at school she feels isolated from her classmates and distant from her father who struggles to connect with her. Kayla's doubts and anxieties make her search for love difficult, especially with the high standards displayed on social media. This is an empathetic and relatable depiction of the tribulations of growing up and the mental heath challenges that can come with social media.

The film guide for Eighth Grade is most relevant for students aged 16+ and explores subjects such as film studies, media studies and PSHE Education. The guide also includes activities that explores the effects of social media. 

Mary Queen of Scots

Set in the 16th century, this stylish period-drama takes a close look at the relationship between Mary Queen of Scots and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. The film follows their interactions after Elizabeth I refuses Mary's demands, in fear she will be overthrown. The film depicts the personal struggles Mary overcomes while war rages and alliances are forced and broken across the land. The film is a useful exploration of an important period in British history and explores themes around gender and sexuality. 

The film guide for Mary Queen of Scots is most relevant for students aged 16+ and explores subjects such as History and Politics, with activities that encourage discussion on the depiction of this historical period and royalty. 

Captain Underpants

Alongside drawing superhero comics in their treehouse, George and Harold love nothing more than pranking their strict headmaster Mr. Krupp. One day they get the idea to hypnotise him and make him believe he is Captain Underpants, a superhero they invented together. To their surprise, it works and chaos ensues! With the school and their classmates at risk, George and Harold must use their skills to bring everything back to normal. This cheeky animated comedy is an enjoyable adventure all about creativity and friendship. 

The film guide for Captain Underpants is most relevant for students aged 7-11 and explores subjects such as Film Studies, Art and English with a creative activity on animation. 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Also based on a series of popular children's books, this instalment of Greg's adventures sees him accidently becoming an unfortunate internet star. He now must go on a road trip with his family to visit his grandmother and, if things couldn't get worse, his mum places a no-phones rule. With the hope of saving his reputation by meeting a Youtube star at the gaming convention, Greg hatches a plan to change the course of the car journey. Alongside its wacky humour, the film is also an interesting exploration of social media and family. 

The film guide for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is most relevant for students aged 7-11 and explores subjects such as PSHE Education. It also includes activities that encourage discussion around social media and cyberbulying.

Attack the Block

This British sci-fi takes place in the most unlikely of locations - a tower block in London. A group of teenagers find their neighbourhood under attack from deadly aliens when a meteor disrupts their attempt at robbing a nurse. The film is a unique mix of gritty realism and supernatural action scenes that dives deep into issues surrounding racism and identity. 

The film guide for Attack the Block is most relevant for students aged 16+ and explores subjects such as film studies and media studies. It also includes activities that spark discussion around representation and racial stereotypes.

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