Film and Education was a popular module I developed for the BA (Hons) Education Studies programme at Canterbury Christ Church University.

I have written a number of film reviews for this blog. Some of these reviews were written to accompany the module on Film and Education but others have been added later.  You can find the reviews on the following link: Film and Education.

Some of the slides from the lectures are reproduced below.  These slides invariably accompanied a lecture and were structured around specific activities and discussion. While they might be useful to help you identify potential themes for exploration, it is advisable to read the the sources listed in the references section if you want to develop your own content.

School of Rock

I invariably started with this film because it is useful for illustrating narrative structure. It follows a convention, and is predictable and thus offers a conflicting message about rock…

The Emperor’s Club

Useful for discussions around the ways in which social class privilege is reproduced.  The appearance is less than perfect as I’ve converted a powerpoint into keynote and back again.

The Selfish Giant

I replaced KES with this film, partly because my students were tempted to view KES from the safe distance of history, meaning they often see the brutality in that film as being associated with a different time.  Mostly it was because The Selfish Giant is such a good film.


Of all the films I showed on this module, Machuca  has to be my favourite.

Être et avoir

A fly-on-the-wall documentary, on the one hand it is a beautiful film, but on the other are questions surrounding ethics and whose story is being told.

The History Boys

Disorientating and problematic and therefore interesting and challenging to discuss.

The Belles of St. Trinian’s

A module on film and education wasn’t an excuse to show the films I liked and if I had a least favourite film that was featured in this module, this would be it.  Disturbing portrayals of young girls, female teachers and problematic portrayals of the working class there is a lot to discuss.

Educating Rita

It’s that stupid bleedin handle on the door…



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