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  • INTO FILM AND BRITDOC URGE SCHOOLS TO TEACH CONSCIOUS USE OF INTERNET - New Curriculum-linked Resource Promotes Online Safety ahead of Summer Holidays - 01 July 2014

    What does it mean to be addicted to something and how much time on the internet is too much?  What is the role of Facebook, Google and other major corporations behind the internet?  What are the consequences of cyberbullying?  These and other vital questions about the influence of the worldwide web on modern teenagers are the focus of a hard hitting new resource for Key Stage 4 English teachers created by education charity Into Film and non-profit film foundation BritDoc.

    The resource is inspired by filmmaker Beeban Kidron's thought provoking documentary InRealLife, which investigates the complex relationship different groups of young people have with the internet. Launched on 1st July it is aimed as a tool for use by teachers now to encourage young people to use the internet safely over the summer holidays, and in the new school to reinforce messages about online safety and support the curriculum in English, with cross curricular pointers to ICT, PSHCE and Media Studies.

    A five unit lesson plan supplemented by teacher's notes and clips from the film invites pupils to engage with the material and develop their reading, writing and spoken language skills through activities ranging from producing a Prezi presentation to holding a Question Time debate, writing a blog, creating a campaign advert and making a video diary.   Included are links to other useful resources and short films made by young people around the subject of internet safety.  

    The full resource and film clips are available to download at https://docacademy.org/films/19/real-life/; copies of InRealLife are free to order for all films with an Into Film Club and a PDF of the lesson plan can be downloaded at www.IntoFilm.org/xxx

    Education specialist and former Head of Faculty and Assistant Headteacher Shane Richardson, who wrote the resource, says: 'The internet has many positive uses but it can also be alienating and addictive.  Rather than the promise of free and open connectivity, young people are increasingly ensnared in a commercial world.  The culture of anonymity allows people to say things without taking responsibility, sometimes with dire consequences. Educators have a responsibility to highlight these issues in ways young people can relate to.  This curriculum linked resource is a vehicle for doing just; the themes and activities within it will hopefully encourage pupils to reflect on the pitfalls and pervasive nature of the internet, and make more conscious choices about how they use it in future.'  

    Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of young people's learning.  Into Film Clubs are FREE for all state funded schools and non-school settings and offer free access to thousands of films and education resources for learning through and about film, as well as opportunities to learn about filmmaking and go behind the scenes of the film industry.  Inclusive and accessible for all students, film clubs help promote young people's social, moral, spiritual and cultural development helping schools achieve OFSTED requirements.  

    Doc Academy is an online educational platform devised by teachers for teachers, to bring documentary film into the teaching of core subjects. The platform features clips of international documentary films with associated lesson plans for use within English classes, tied to National Curriculum objectives for key stages 3-5. The films are categorised into themes ranging from bullying to the environment, women's rights and immigration, to disability and more.

    Supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources, Into Film incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.

    For further information about Into Film and to start an Into Film Club visit: www.intofilm.org/schools-film-clubs or call 0207 288 4520.  
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    For further information please contact:
    Beatrix Clark
    Into Film Communications Officer
    beatrix.clark@intofilm.org, 07778 917 322


    NOTES TO EDITORS

    About BritDoc

    Insert notes to editors



    About Into Film
    Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by:
    -    Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
    -    Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
    -    Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

    Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI (British Film Institute) together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

    Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
    Registered charity number 1154030
    Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU

    About the BFI
    The BFI (British Film Institute) is investing '26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

    The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
    -    Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
    -    Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
    -    Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
    -    Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
    -    Promoting British film and talent to the world
    -    Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
        
    The BFI is now a Government arm's-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
    -   As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
    -    By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
    -    By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

    Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
    The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.

  • SHAUN THE SHEEP GETS INTO FILM - Aardman Animations and STUDIOCANAL production SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE confirmed on charity’s ‘Green Light to Opening Night’ initiative - 01 July 2014

    Aardman Animations Shaun the Sheep Movie has been confirmed as the second film to be part of Into Film's pioneering new initiative 'Green Light to Opening Night'. The project from the new nationwide charity - which aims to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development and supported by the BFI with Lottery funding - will enable young people from across the UK to follow a film from its inception to release and go behind-the-scenes with the filmmakers.    

    The 'Green Light to Opening Night' initiative allows young people from across the UK to go behind-the-scenes to observe and report on different aspects of a film's life during production. This will be turned into a series of video reports and interviews led by, featuring and presented by young people ' allowing them to ask the questions they want to ask and view the process of filmmaking through their eyes, that will in turn appeal to an audience of their peers. The entertaining and educating reports will offer a unique insight and convey a real understanding of the work behind a film and also focus on the variety of jobs undertaken when filmmaking.

    Shaun the Sheep Movie - a feature length animation based on the hit TV series of the same name - is being made at Aardman Animations studios in Bristol (and co-produced by STUDIOCANAL) and has been slated for a 2015 release worldwide.  During the Shaun the Sheep Movie 'Green Light to Opening Night' project a series of three short reports produced by Into Film will track the character of Shaun's journey to the big screen. The Into Film pupil reporter will be granted exclusive behind-the-scenes access at Aardman Animations studio in Bristol to find out the claymation features' storyline, the sound features and interview many of the filmmakers and animators involved. The project will culminate in a competition for Into Film's 230,000-strong membership of children and young people to enter, based on what they have learnt from the behind-the-scenes reports.

    Each of the three reports will form part of a new education resource for teachers to use in class and school film clubs, and will be hosted on the Into Film website (www.IntoFilm.org) alongside additional filmmaking and educational resources, news stories and exclusive images & clips giving young people and teachers a platform to discover the different aspects of the film.

    Paul Hewlett, Into Film Director of Content, said; "Into Film is delighted to partner with Aardman Animations Shaun the Sheep Movie for our Green Light to Opening Night initiative. Shaun is a beloved character to many of our members and it will be thrilling for one of our young reporters to go behind-the-scenes and find out more about the journey of Shaun and friends to the big screen and share their adventure with the wider Into Film network across the UK. The project provides our members with a truly unique look at some of the intricate production processes on a film, giving young people an insight into the film industry from a peers perspective and enabling them to view enjoyable but also aspirational content. We very much look forward to seeing what our reporter uncovers!"

    Lucy Wendover - Aardman Animations Marketing and Brand Manager, added: "We are delighted to be working with Into Film. At Aardman we are passionate about film and love what we do, so it's thrilling to be able to share some of our filmmaking techniques with young film enthusiasts to showcase some of the work - and fun - that goes into making a film. Shaun the Sheep will be a great ambassador to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. We look forward to welcoming the young reporter to the studio."

    Available to every school in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Into Film aims to provide all young people, regardless of their background or ability, with opportunities to learn through film, about film and filmmaking, and will give children and young people the chance to experience film and the moving image creatively and critically, as well as learning about the film industry and careers within it. Training and resources will be provided to give teachers the tools to support engagement at all levels and promote the use of film as a powerful education resource. The 'Green Light to Opening Night' project forms part of Into Films ambitious and inclusive 'See, Think, Make. Imagine' programme that seeks to make a step change in film learning for 5-19 year-olds, encouraging and enabling watching, making and critical understanding of film on a scale never before seen in the UK.

    Supported by the BFI with Lottery funding, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources, Into Film incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.

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    For further information about Into Film please contact:
    Charlie Wainwright
    Into Film PR & Editorial Manager
    charlie.wainwright@intofilm.org
    0207 288 4520

    For further information about Aardman Animations and Shaun the Sheep please contact:
    Arthur Sheriff
    Aardman Animations
    Arthur.sheriff@aardman.com/ arthur@halfpastseven.com
    0207 706 1046



    Notes to Editors

    About Aardman
    Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, television series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio's work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercial productions www.aardman.com


    About Into Film
    Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development.

    We will achieve this by:
    -    Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
    -    Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
    -    Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

    Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

    Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
    Registered charity number 1154030
    Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU

    About Green Light to Opening Night
    The 'Green Light to Opening Night' initiative will allow a selection of young people from schools and colleges across the UK to observe and report on different aspects of the film's life from start to finish, including scripting, location scouting, costume design, hair & make up, props, casting, set design, choreography, construction, composing, special effects, distribution, promotion and more. Each area from behind-the-scenes will be turned into a series of video reports and interviews led by, featuring and presented by young people - allowing them to ask the questions they want to ask and view the process of filmmaking through their eyes that will in turn appeal to an audience of their peers. The entertaining and educating reports will offer a unique insight and convey a real understanding of the work behind a film and also focus on the variety of jobs undertaken on a film.  


    About the BFI
    The BFI is investing '26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

    The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
    -    Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
    -    Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
    -    Championing emerging and world class film makers in the UK
    -    Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
    -    Promoting British film and talent to the world
    -    Growing the next generation of film makers and audiences
        
    The BFI is now a Government arm's-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
    -    As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
    -    By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
    -    By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

    Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
    The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.

  • IMDb Founder, Col Needham and President, Universal International, David Kosse are Into Film 06 May 2014

    Into Film - the recently launched film education charity, which seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning - announced today the appointment of two new trustees: IMDb.com founder and CEO, Col Needham and President of Universal International, David Kosse. They join the board of Into Film, led by Chair Eric Fellner, Co-Chairman of Working Title Films and Deputy Chair Heather Rabbatts, Managing Director of Smuggler Entertainment.

    The founding board also includes film producer, Barbara Broccoli who was the Chair of First Light and filmmaker Beeban Kidron, who co-founded FILMCLUB - the two leading film education charities who came together to form Into Film, having received £26million in funding from the BFI to deliver their 4-year education plan.  

    Into Film believes there should be a fundamental entitlement for all children and young people to have an active engagement with film within their education. With the encouragement of its board, comprised of outstanding individuals from the world of media and education, and the support of the BFI and a partnership network of film, education, arts and cultural organisations, the charity is increasing the number, quality and geographical spread of film education opportunities.

    Now launched in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, Into Film is making a step change in film learning for 5-19 year olds, offering watching, making and understanding activities for children and young people to engage with film critically and creatively in and outside the classroom.

    Speaking about the appointment, Col Needham said: "Having worked with Into Film in the past, I know first-hand what great work they do. I'm delighted to have joined the board of such an inspiring and important organisation."

    David Kosse endorsed the organisation, adding: "Into Film's education work is a terrific gateway to understanding the world and a great entry point for the wider business of media and entertainment."

    Into Film enables young people to learn through film and about film, as well as about the film industry and careers within it, and supports them in the making of their own films. The programme includes Continuing Professional Development and training for educators, resources that use film to support the teaching of a range of curriculum subjects, filmmaking projects, an annual UK-wide festival, access to film industry professionals and expertise, and a world leading film club initiative through which hundreds of thousands of young people across the UK have the opportunity to watch, discuss and review films from a curated catalogue of thousands of titles.

    For further information about Into Film visit: www.IntoFilm.org and find out how to start a film club at www.filmclub.org.

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    Charlie Wainwright                                Angela Hughes
    Into Film Editorial & PR Manager                    Into Film Comms Manager
    charlie.wainwright@intofilm.org                     angela.hughes@intofilm.org
    0207 288 4520                                0121 224 7511


    Further information:

    Col Needham is the founder and CEO of The Internet Movie Database (IMDb.com). Born and living in the UK, Col has had a lifelong interest in both technology and movies. After starting a computer games software business at the age of 14, he went on to complete a computer science degree at Leeds University before commencing a career in technology research in Bristol, England. IMDb grew out of a personal database of movie information which Col created as a teenager, combined with similar data collected on the Internet in the late 1980s/early 1990s. Col published the first version of IMDb online in October 1990 and co-ordinated IMDb as a worldwide volunteer effort from 1990-1996. IMDb incorporated in January 1996 with the volunteers as shareholders and IMDb became a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.com in April 1998. Col continues in his original role to this day, working from an office in Bristol with IMDb staff members in countries around the world.

    David Kosse was named President, International, Universal Pictures in 2009, reporting into Jeff Shell, Chairman, Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. In this role, he leads Universal's strategy for film product throughout its entire lifecycle across all of NBCUniversal's international divisions, and he oversees the company's international production, marketing and distribution arm Universal Pictures International (UPI). Kosse is a key decision maker in Universal's greenlight process.    Kosse created UPI in 2006, a move that established Universal's standalone marketing and distribution operations for films released outside of North America. Under Kosse's leadership, UPI has doubled the size of its business since 2007.

    Universal Pictures has reached more than $1bn in international box office for six consecutive years with a record-breaking 2013, its biggest year in history built on global hits such as Les Mis'rables ($293M) and hit franchises sequels Fast & Furious 6 ($550M) and Despicable Me 2 ($480M). Other international successes under Kosse include the global box office phenomenon Mamma Mia! which grossed over $460 million internationally and the Bourne franchise ($1.2B worldwide). Kosse also oversees Universal Pictures International Productions which produces and acquires films for UPI to distribute.

    Into Film Trustees

    Eric Fellner, Into Film Chair, Co-Chairman, Working Title Films
    Heather Rabbatts, Into Film Deputy Chair, Managing Director, Smuggler Entertainment
    Patrick Bradley, Director of Ventures, Ingenious Media
    Barbara Broccoli, Producer, EON Productions
    Alan Bushell, Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants and previously COO UK Film Council
    Beeban Kidron, Filmmaker
    Mark Devereux, Senior Partner, Olswang
    Sir Alasdair Macdonald, Former Headteacher, Morpeth School

    NOTES TO EDITORS


    About Into Film
    Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by:
    -    Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
    -    Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
    -    Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology
     
    Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.
     
    Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
    Registered charity number 1154030
    Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU
     
    About the BFI
    The BFI (British Film Institute) is investing '26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.
     
    The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
    -    Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
    -    Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
    -    Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
    -    Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
    -    Promoting British film and talent to the world
    -    Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
               
    The BFI is now a Government arm's-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
    -    As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
    -    By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
    -    By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK
     
    Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
    The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.

  • ‘OPENING MINDS, TRANSFORMING LIVES’ TO BENEFIT GREATER MANCHESTER’S MOST DISADVANTAGED YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH FILM - Teachers and Arts Organisations Welcome Visionary New Project from Education Charity Into Film - 05 May 2014

    May 7 2014 sees the launch of 'Opening Minds, Transforming Lives' - an ambitious and innovative new project for disadvantaged young people in Greater Manchester from the education charity Into Film.  Funded by the BFI (British Film Institute) and the Big Lottery Fund, and supported by local arts and education organisations including Manchester Museum, Z-arts and Cornerhouse Cinema, this bespoke project will use the medium of film to increase the personal, educational and vocational development of children and young people in Greater Manchester's most deprived areas, and increase social cohesion in the community.

    The project will set up free film clubs in 150 schools in which 20% of pupils are eligible for free school meals, providing free access to thousands of films for the youngsters to watch, discuss and review as well as training and resources to make their own.  In an area where *24% of children under 16 are growing up in poverty (*Greater Manchester Public Health Network), participation in the project will equip them with greater self-confidence and the improved literacy, communication, team-working skills and motivation that are essential requirements in engaging with learning and in accessing future training and employment opportunities.

    Through collaborations with local arts, media and cultural organisations, and a diverse range of activities in a variety of settings, including screenings, festivals, filmmaking workshops and interaction with creative professionals, young people involved in the initiative will also enjoy a rare chance to engage with film and the wider media industry in and around Greater Manchester and find out about potential careers they may have previously considered beyond their reach.  A season of films 'Greater Manchester on Film' - handpicked by Into Film and highlighting films from the local area - will increase their awareness and appreciation of both film and their local community.  

    Teachers and youth leaders will receive hands on, one-on-one project support in using film to increase pupils' future prospects and links with their local community, as well as all the benefits of an Into Film club including:

    -    Free training in how to run their club, and support, advice and training in film selection, appreciation and filmmaking  
    -    Access to free, high quality, curriculum linked and enrichment teaching resources for learning through and about film, covering a broad range of subjects, themes and calendar events
    -    Opportunities to apply for Training and Continuing Professional Development, provided online and face-to-face, in using film and filmmaking as learning tools across the curriculum
    -    Opportunities to boost literacy, critical thinking and ICT skills through review writing
    -    A cost effective way of providing young people with soft skill development
    -    An inclusive and accessible activity which will help achieve the OFSTED requirement of promoting young people's social, moral, spiritual and cultural development

    The launch of 'Opening Minds, Transforming Lives' will take place at Manchester Museum, The University Of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL on Wednesday, May 7th from 4.30-6pm.  Speakers will include: Rebecca Wolfendale, Into Film's Co-ordinator for the project, Sau-Mai Rawcliffe, teacher at Prestwich Arts College, Saskia Metcalf from Z-arts and film enthusiast Jack, (aged 19).   Journalists and photographers are invited to attend.

    Film Director Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Another Year) - born in Salford, one of the areas the project is targeting - believes all young people should have a chance to learn about film:
    "It would have been great to have a film club at school. People watch movies, kids watch movies, and it's very good news for them to understand what movies are, and to think beyond the predictable diet of watching Hollywood movies. Maths is valid, English is valid, science is valid, languages are valid, art is important and film is part of all of those things.   By understanding film, kids are going to learn as much as they are by understanding any other discipline or medium or any other subject.  Film is a major part of everybody's life, and so to learn about it in school seems absolutely logical." 

    Sau-Mai Rawcliffe, Assistant Head of English at Prestwich Arts College says:

    "I've run a film club for the past four years and have taken students to the cinema as part of the now-named Into Film Festival. It's a pleasure, every week, to see students from a variety of backgrounds show their appreciation of film. They've had the opportunity to access films, like Japanese anime, or a Marx Brothers feature, that they wouldn't otherwise see. In particular, students with SEN have really engaged with certain themes and issues that have arisen in films, and value the quiet lunch hour in the dark! Into Film has definitely broadened their minds, as well as providing a sanctuary from the rest of the school." 

    Paul Reeve, CEO, Into Film says:     

    "Film is the richest of educational resources: because of its extraordinary production values in which art, science and technology meet, its synthesis of art forms that tell compelling stories, and the enormous historic, literary, geographic, linguistic, cultural and social value and relevance these stories embody, which speak across age, class, gender and background."  
     

    Supported by the BFI (British Film Institute), together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources, Into Film incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.
     
    For further information about Into Film visit: www.IntoFilm.org and find out how to start a film club at www.filmclub.org.  Greater Manchester schools with 20%FSM or higher will automatically be eligible for the 'Opening Minds, Transforming Lives' project.
     
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    For further information please contact:
     
     
    Beatrix Clark
    Into Film Communications Officer
    beatrix.clark@intofilm.org
    07778 917 322
     
    Charlie Wainwright
    Into Film PR & Editorial Manager
    charlie.wainwright@intofilm.org
    0207 288 4520
     


    NOTES TO EDITORS:
     
    About Into Film
    Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by:
    -    Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
    -    Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
    -    Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology
     
    Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI, together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.
     
    Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
    Registered charity number 1154030
    Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU
     

    About the BFI
    The BFI (British Film Institute) is investing '26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.
     
    The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
    -    Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
    -    Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
    -    Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
    -    Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
    -    Promoting British film and talent to the world
    -    Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
               
    The BFI is now a Government arm's-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
    -    As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
    -    By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
    -    By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK
     
    Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
    The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.

    About The Big Lottery Fund
    Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is currently responsible for distributing around half of all funds raised for good causes by The National Lottery. Since June 2004, BIG has awarded over '3.9 billion, mostly to voluntary and community sector organisations who are delivering projects in line with its mission to bring real improvements to communities, and to the lives of people most in need.

     

  • NEW PRIVATE PEACEFUL RESOURCE FROM INTO FILM AND NATIONAL LITERACY TRUST SUPPORTS TRADITIONAL AND VISUAL LITERACY 04 May 2014

    May 19th 2014:  Launched today, an innovative new, cross curricular resource from education charity Into Film and the National Literacy Trust offers teachers an array of stimulating possibilities for using Michael Morpurgo's moving story Private Peaceful to develop literacy and bring World War I to life in its centenary year.  Created for use across the Key Stage 3 curriculum, the resource features exclusive footage and insights from the author in addition to clips from the film and behind-the-scenes information.  Seven sections are available for study in English, Citizenship, Geography, History, RE, Science and English, each containing teachers' notes and a series of activities to inspire imagination, stimulate thought and discussion, and support subject teaching in tandem with traditional and film literacy.  Each section is accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with video content for use in teaching and learning. Designed for use in conjunction with the film, the resource can be downloaded at www.bit.ly/PrivatePeaceful.

    As well as undertaking in-depth film analysis, young people will embark on a skills based literacy and cross-curricular enquiry incorporating analysis of character and relationships, investigation of the main narrative themes and devices, and interpretation of the author's message and different viewpoints.    Activities range from storyboarding, story mapping and debating to comparing book and film, analysing camera shots, setting and sound, exploring class structure in the early 20th Century and looking at the impact of World War I on the landscape.  Through a variety of strategies for researching and retrieving information, organising data and presenting findings the resource will help schools to demonstrate that they are using film to achieve literacy outcomes across all subjects.  

    Michael Morpurgo says: "Private Peaceful deals with one of the darkest aspects of a terrible war; the execution of our own side. I wrote it wanting to highlight what I believed to be the injustice of those shot at dawn, but also to show the impact of the war, of any war, on family and friends and loved ones. This heartfelt and moving film brings vividly to life the simple fact that soldiers are human beings, not just uniforms."

    Guy de Beaujeu, the film's producer says: "The film has been praised by teachers as an excellent teaching aid in its depictions of WW1 and for remaining true to Michael's original novel. There is a growing realisation among education providers that Private Peaceful is the perfect project for the Centenary - it is non-judgemental, non-jingoistic and unsentimental."

    Abigail Moss, Deputy Director at the National Literacy Trust says: "Teachers will be able to use this timely resource to focus on the First World War and actively engage children and young people through the film, in both literacy and film literacy learning. We hope that this will have a positive impact on students' attainment across curriculum areas as well as being a fun and interactive way for schools to mark the centenary year of WW1."

    Jane Fletcher, Director of Education at Into Film says: "Curriculum linked and enrichment teaching resources for learning through and about film are a key element of Into Film's remit to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning and cultural experience, and we are thrilled to be partnering with National Literacy Trust and Private Peaceful to bring this unique new teaching resource to our membership of Into Film clubs in schools, colleges and youth groups throughout the UK.  We hope that this resource will enable teachers to support young people's development of their literacy and film literacy skills by exploring behind the scenes of both Michael Morpurgo's book and the film, which in turn brings World War 1 to life for the students."

    The Private Peaceful DVD is available free to rent for all schools with an Into Film Club (www.filmclub.org) - or to purchase online from www.privatepeaceful.co.uk  (please visit the Schools area) at the specially discounted prices of £4 (1 copy), £10 (3 copies), £15 (5 copies) or £25.00 (10 copies).

    To coincide with the launch of the resource Into Film are screening Private Peaceful at the Hay Festival on Friday, May 23rd - for details visit: http://www.hayfestival.com/wales/hayfever/documents/HayFestivalSchoolsProgramme_2014.pdf
    Into Film Clubs are FREE for all state funded schools and non-school settings and offer free access to thousands of films and education resources for learning through and about film.  Inclusive and accessible for all students, film clubs help promote young people's social, moral, spiritual and cultural development helping schools achieve OFSTED requirements.   

    Supported by the BFI (British Film Institute), together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources, Into Film incorporates the legacy and staff of two leading film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light, building on their experience and success in delivering programmes of significant scale and reach to children and young people across the UK.
    For further information about Into Film visit: www.Intofilm.org and find out how to start a film club at www.filmclub.org, email info@intofilm.org or call 0207 288 4520.  

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    For further information please contact: Beatrix Clark, Into Film Communications Officer
    beatrix.clark@intofilm.org/ 07778 917 322

    NOTES TO EDITORS

    About the National Literacy Trust  
    We are a national charity dedicated to raising literacy levels in the UK. Our research and analysis make us the leading authority on literacy. We run projects in the poorest communities, campaign to make literacy a priority for politicians and parents, and support schools.
    Visit www.literacytrust.org.uk to find out more, donate or sign up for a free email newsletter. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
    For further information about the National Literacy Trust, please contact Claire Nevill, Media Manager on 0207 820 6275 or at Claire.Nevill@literacytrust.org.uk

    The National Literacy Trust is a registered charity no. 1116260 and a company limited by guarantee no. 5836486 registered in England and Wales and a registered charity in Scotland no. SC042944. Registered address: 68 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1RL.


    About Into Film
    Into Film is an education charity that seeks to put film at the heart of children and young people's learning and cultural experience.  Our ambitious UK-wide programme will provide 5-19 year olds with unparalleled opportunities to see, think, make and imagine, contributing to their educational, cultural, creative and personal development. We will achieve this by:
    -    Working with the education and informal youth sectors to support and promote learning through and about film
    -    Partnering with industry to enhance the appreciation and understanding of film
    -    Taking advantage of the learning solutions made possible by digital technology

    Into Film incorporates the legacy of two leading film education charities, First Light and FILMCLUB, and will be working together with a range of partners in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Into Film is supported by the BFI (British Film Institute) together with funding from the film industry and a number of other sources.

    Into Film is a trading name of Film Nation UK
    Registered charity number 1154030
    Registered Office: 31 Islington Green, London, N1 8DU

    About the BFI
    The BFI (British Film Institute) is investing '26m of Lottery funding over four years for Into Film to deliver a bold and visionary new film education programme, available to every 5-19 year-old and the 26,700 schools in the UK. The BFI's aim is to create a single unified programme for watching, making and learning about film in order to safeguard and boost future film audiences through learning and appreciation of film and stimulate a new generation of filmmakers and film talent.

    The BFI is the lead body for film in the UK with the ambition to create a flourishing film environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:
    -    Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and World cinema
    -    Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
    -    Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK
    -    Investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
    -    Promoting British film and talent to the world
    -    Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences
        
    The BFI is now a Government arm's-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. The BFI serves a public role, which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. It delivers this role:
    -    As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
    -    By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
    -    By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK.

    Founded in 1933, the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter.
    The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Greg Dyke.


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    FLUIDITY FILMS presents a GUY DE BEAUJEU/SIMON READE production in association with POONAMALLEE PRODUCTIONS
    developed in association with PEPPERMINT PICTURES a PAT O'CONNOR film GEORGE MACKAY  JACK O'CONNELL  ALEXANDRA ROACH FRANCES DE LA TOUR  RICHARD GRIFFITHS  JOHN LYNCH  MAXINE PEAKE  PRIVATE PEACEFUL  SAMUEL BOTTOMLEY  HERO FIENNES TIFFIN  IZZY MEIKLE-SMALL ANNA CARTERET STEPHEN KENNEDY casting GEMMA HANCOCK CDG & SAM STEVENSON CDG production design ADRIAN SMITH
    costume design ANUSHIA NIERADZIK editor HUMPHREY DIXON director of photography JERZY ZIELINSKI ASC music RACHEL PORTMAN
    executive producers JACK BOWYER  JOHN BROXUP  MARTIN HILL  DAMIAN PERL  JO PODMORE  NICK QUESTED  RHYS THOMAS  AUSTIN SHAW  RHIAN WILLIAMS
    executive producer MICHAEL MORPURGO co-producer SUE DE BEAUVOIR producers GUY DE BEAUJEU & SIMON READE
    screenplay SIMON READE  based on the novel by MICHAEL MORPURGO directed by PAT O'CONNOR

    www.privatepeaceful.co.uk
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