A Brief History of Cinema

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Long (12 plus activities)


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

The first moving images were shown to audiences in the 1800s. Since then, new technologies and storytelling techniques have been developed, different film styles have gone in and out of fashion, and audience tastes have changed.

From Silent to CGI: A Brief History of Cinema has been developed with young people aged 7-14 in mind. It aims to showcase the pivotal moments in the history of cinema, from its early inception to the multi-sensory experience of today. This resource will complement curricular learning (such as history, English or design and technology) or provide a backdrop to Into Film Club activity involving watching and making films. 

The resource is comprised of activities, photocopiable student sheets and film clips.

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  • Design and Technology
  • History

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