GCSE English Enrichment - download our free resource!
14th November, 2012
Many much-loved films originated from brilliant and timeless books - think To Kill a Mocking Bird and Of Mice and Men to name a few. Not only do these adaptations make for fascinating viewing, they are also great tools to complement and help improve understanding of the original texts.
To highlight that very link and enhance the teaching of novels at GCSE level, we've created a resource to help encourage members to think critically about film adaptations.
Our in-depth resource will help encourage an array of post-screening discussions - ranging from the interpretation of an author's work by a director to how effectively the narrative elements such as structure and symbolism are adapted for film.
The films for this free and downloadable resource are all adaptations of popular novels that are included in the specifications across the various GCSE exam boards. Take a look at our picks below:
Anita and Me (12, 11+)
Coming of age comic-drama, Meena is a young Anglo-Asian girl who comes to idolise the older white Anita, whilst struggling with entrenched prejudice.
Tsotsi (15, 14+)
Hard-hitting Oscar-winning film about a South African gangster who finds himself in charge of a baby.
To Kill A Mockingbird (PG, 9+)
An adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel about an idealistic white lawyer in 1930s Alabama who takes on the case of a black man accused of an awful crime.
Touching The Void (15, 14+)
A combination of documentary and re-enactment about a treacherous Andes mountain climb. Based on Joe Simpson’s account, which was published in 1998.
Of Mice and Men (PG, 11+)
Adapted from John Steinbeck's novel, this is a powerful drama about friendship and poverty in 1930s rural America.
Great Expectations (PG, 11+)
Adapted from the classic novel by Charles Dickens, David Lean offers a gripping depiction of this familiar tale of class and ambition.
The Great Gatsby (12, 11+)
Lavish screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's famed Jazz Age novel about a man who can buy anything he wants and wants only a woman he can't have.
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