Parliament Week 2012: FILMCLUB reporters go to Westminster to learn about democracy

13th November, 2012

Democracy affects every aspect to day-to-day life no matter how old you are, from the price you pay for petrol to the books you read at school, but has it always been like this?  Who were the democratic trailblazers who have helped us get to where we are as a country today? How can young people get involved in democracy? And what does the future hold for our country?



As part of Parliament Week 2012 we sent a group of FILMCLUB young reporters to find out all about democracy by talking to some very important MPs and Peers, and you can watch the results below in our three video reports.

Stories Of Our Democracy Past - historical leaders

Carly and Laura talked to Lord Bragg, Helen Goodman MP, Meg Munn MP, Baroness Morris of Yardley and Sharon Hodgson MP about how democracy has evolved in Britain. They watched Robin Hood and Elizabeth, and asked our guests how the themes in these films relate to the present day. Also, FILMCLUB reporter Tanvi asked her classmates what they knew about democracy.

Our Democracy Today - getting your voice heard

Dorothy and Liam spoke to Lord Bichard, Baronness Kinnock of Holyhead, Dr John Pugh MP, Baroness Walmsley and Kevin Barron MP about how our democracy works today, and how the themes of Burma VJ and Whale Rider are important to a young British audience despite being set in Burma and New Zealand respectively. Also, Hannah from Prenton High School talks to her classmates about their local democracy and how they can get involved.

Our Democratic Future - shaping the future

Ollie and Megan learn all about our democratic future, discussing the films Wall-E, V for Vendetta and The Hunger Games with Lady Massey, Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town, Hywel Williams MP, Valerie Vaz MP and Dr John Pugh MP. FILMCLUB reporter Tanvi also talks to her classmates about what they know about democracy.

The Parliament Week experience

The superb interviews and questions posed above were all led by our Talent Development participants. In their own words, they have told us what they learned from the unique experience of meeting Members of parliament. Read their reflections here.

Resources and democracy topics

If you want to learn more about democracy then view our curated film topics and download our resource

Stories of our democracy past - historical leaders

Our democracy today - getting your voice heard

Our democratic future

Our free and downloadable resource includes in-depth guides to each film - including reviews, interesting background information and discussion starters.



Send us your feedback and your club could win a prize

To win some fantastic prizes for your school FILMCLUB leaders should complete the statement below about their club's Parliament Week experience. 

We watched ________________ and it inspired us to ___________________

Email your response to your SSC - photographs are also very welcome! We will feature your statements on the FILMCLUB blog.


Short film competition - Lights, Camera, Parliament!

Lights, Camera, Parliament! is run by Parliament’s Education Service working with Makewaves. The competition gives young people the opportunity to tell Parliament what law they would create in a three minute film. Films can be in any genre and judges will be looking out for fantastic ideas and creative approaches. This year the competition is open to entrants aged 7-16 and will be judged in two categories: Primary (7-11) and Secondary (12-16). All entries must be submitted online by 12pm on Monday 18 February 2013.

Visit our Lights, Camera, Parliament page and the brilliant Makingwaves website to find full details, view previous winners and most importantly - to upload your film!


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