Reel to Real: Great Expectations

Great Expectations film still
Great Expectations film still




Medium (5-11 activities)


England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

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Specially created for our Reel to Real education project with the learning department at the Victoria and Albert Museum, this resource focuses on David Lean's 1946 film adaptation of Dickens' classic Great Expectations and it also uses Mike Newell's 2012 adaptation as a contemporary contrast, providing a wide range of clips that are ideal for revising and consolidating students' understanding of this set text. The PDF resource and accompanying PowerPoint presentation examines characters, themes and historical context through carefully chosen film clips alongside content from the V&A's world-renowned collections to enrich the learning experience.

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  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Moving Image Arts

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