Review a film based on a book for a chance to win a bumper bundle of prizes - Now closed

23rd January, 2013

We love reading your reviews of films based on classic novels such as The Wizard of Oz and The Life of Pi. These wildly imaginative stories inspire film watching, they quite clearly inspire some superb review writing.

In partnership wth Scholastic Book Clubs and as a celebration of National Storytelling Week, we are looking to find your very best member reviews of films that started as books. Interested in books, movies, writing....and prizes? Then read on!

The prizes

2 primary club member winners and 2 secondary club member winners will receive a bundle of goodies including:

- 5 books that inspired great movies - including Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo.
- Cinema tickets for you and your family
- A popcorn maker for your club

How to enter

1) Find a film that originated as a book

2) Go to the relevant film page via the search bar

3) Write and submit your review!

You review will be automatically entered into the competition and we'll read each and every one of them! Entries close Friday 16 February. Good luck!

Which film adaptation will you review?

There are hundreds of film adaptations on our site you could review, here is a list of classic and popular titles to get you started:

Arrietty (5+, U)
Alice In Wonderland
(5+, U)
James and the Giant Peach (5+, U)
(5+, U)
Oliver! (7+, U)
Animal Farm (7+, U)
The Iron Giant (7+, U)
The Wizard of Oz (7+, U)
The Secret Garden (7+, U)

Matilda (5+, PG)
Fantastic Mr Fox (7+, PG)
(9+, PG)
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (9+, PG)
The Life of Pi
(9+, PG)
To Kill a Mocking Bird
(9+, PG)
Great Expectations (11+, PG)
The Lord of the Rings
(11+, PG)
Lord of the Flies
(11+, PG)

Private Peaceful (11+, 12)
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (11+, 12)
War Horse (11+, 12)
Harry Potter (11+, 12)
The Hobbit (11+, 12)
Hunger Games (11+, 12)
The Kiterunner(14+, 12)

The English Patient (14+, 15)
Schindler's List (14+, 15)
The Shawshank Redemption(14+, 15)


Need some inspiration?

Resource: Books to Film and Back Again

We have created an in-depth resource on 10 of the films above. If you're not sure which film to pick or how to start your review, this is a great tool to kick-start ideas and opinions.

Download Resource

Resource: Review Writing Tips

Download this free resource to find out exactly what makes a good review, plus you'll find a full glossary of cinema terms and a huge selection of descriptive words.

Download Resource

Review of the Week

Every week we pick out our favourite member reviews and highlight them on our website. Can you learn anything from the winners?

View R.O.T.W



1) Competition open to UK residents only.
2) Competition open to FILMCLUB members and leaders only.
3) Offer is not-transferrable and no cash equivalent will be given.
4) The closing date for the competition is Wednesday 16 February 2013

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