FILMCLUB Live January - look back on our celebration of National Storytelling Week

22nd January, 2013

To celebrate the importance of storytelling and National Storytelling Week, FILMCLUB Live highlighted film's amazing ability to communicate magical, heart-breaking and inspiring stories.

We spoke LIVE to cinematic storytellers - screenwriters, directors and actors. We heard all about the challenges and triumphs of telling tales with film, and members got the chance to have their questions answered live on air!

Watch all the webcasts again below

Monday 28 January

3.30-3.50pm - LIVE: BFI Children's Programmer Justin Johnson took us through a selection of much-loved children's films, highlighting our Books To Film and Back Again resource and examined one of the most important questions in cinema...'what exactly makes a good story and why?' (suitable for Primary clubs)

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Download our accompanying resource

Read FILMCLUB discussing the importance of storytelling on The Guardian website

4.00-4.20pm - LIVE: Screenwriter Jeremy Brock, who penned fantastic films like The Last King of Scotland and The Eagle, shared his top tips for becoming a screenwriter and explained how you can translate your film ideas on to paper. (suitable for Secondary clubs)

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Read our Jeremy Brock profile


Tuesday 29 January

3.30-3.50pm - LIVE: Almost six million people tuned in to watch The Snowman and the Snow Dog on Christmas Day. Did you see it? Robin Shaw, Assistant Director of the beautiful follow-up to a much-loved story, joined us to reveal the challenges and beauty of making hand-drawn animation. (suitable for Primary clubs)

Read our Robin Shaw profile

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4.00-4.20pm - LIVE: Screenwriter Tamzin Rafn, who wrote the excellent British coming-of-age movie Albatross, joined us to provide some top tips on getting your script to the filmmaking stage. Albatross was Tamzin's debut feature - how did she get her break? What did she learn from the experience? (suitable for Secondary clubs)

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DVDs - To receive AND KEEP Albatross to help complement your webcast viewing, please email

Wednesday 30 January

3.30-3.50pm - LIVE: Michael Morpurgo's acclaimed War Horse novel was turned into a cinematic epic by Steven Spielberg and another of his books, Private Peaceful, has recently been adapted into a film. Screenwriter Simon Reade and young lead actor George Mackay told us about their roles in the thought-provoking World War I drama - an engaging accompaniment to the History curriculum.  (suitable for Primary clubs)

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Read our Private Peaceful webcast preview

4.00-4.20pm - LIVE: Simon Reade and George Mackay joined us once more to discuss Private Peaceful. How did young actor George prepare himself for such a demanding role, what did he learn about the real-life people who bravely fought in the Great War and just how difficult is it to adapt a book into a movie? Find out by re-watching the webcast.

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Read our Private Peaceful webcast preview

DVDs - To speedily receive and KEEP Private Peaceful to help complement your webcast viewing, please email

Thursday 30 January

3.30-3.50pm - LIVE:  To further mark National Storytelling Week, we celebrated one of cinema's very best storytellers - legendary British director David Lean. Cinema academic and David Lean expert Ian Banks joined us to talk about his hero's most magical works - Oliver Twist, Great Expectations. (suitable for Primary clubs)

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4.00-4.20pm - LIVE: David Lean expert Ian Banks examined some of the director's greatest film adpatations from an original book. He showed us striking images from the likes of Doctor Zhivago and revealed the secrets to Lean's Oscar-winning success. (suitable for Secondary clubs)

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Friday 1 February

3.30-3.50pm - LIVE: ParaNorman - arguably the best animation of 2012 - was an absoloute riot - innovative, funny and brilliantly scripted. Whatsmore, it was beautiful to look at...and that was mainly down to our guest  - cinematographer Tristan Oliver, who was also the filming genius behind Fantastic Mr Fox and the Wallace and Gromit films.

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4.00-4.20pm - LIVE: Cinematographer Tristan Oliver joins us again to discuss in-depth how he uses the camera lens to tell stories and create the magic of Fantastic Mr Fox, Curse of the Wererabbit and ParaNorman.

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Storytelling Resources

As well as a great range of guests we put together three resources to highlight the power of storytelling and complement the webcasts. View and download the resources here.

As well as that, Scholastic Book Clubs are offering FILMCLUB members and leaders an exclusive discount on the books included in our Book To Film And Back Again resource. Just enter the promotional code BOOKFILM13 at the checkout to receive your discount. View the list of books here.

Win a popcorn maker for your club!

Also courtesy of Scholastic Book Clubs, we are running a brilliant review writing competition. Write a review about a movie which was originally a book - such as The Hobbit of The Wizard of Oz - and you could win a pocorn maker! Read what else you could win here.

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