Doing Ads

DVD compilation and teaching pack on advertising, from the English and Media Centre.

A critical and creative exploration of advertising past and present for students of English and Media (11-16). 90-minute DVD with printed 160-page book. DVD extras include the book in PDF format, images for production work, glossary of advertising images, and 150-page PDF of resources for advanced study.


Interactive DVD-ROM £53.75 (incl. P&P)
Suitable for: KS2
Subject area: Literacy

Picturacy ® is Film Education’s series of interactive resources for film and visual literacy in primary schools. Designed with interactive whiteboards in mind and multiple computers across a school network, without any extra charge for a site license.

The resources feature a range of clips from popular children’s films. The easy-to-use tools allow teachers and pupils to interactively analyse the moving image and combine images, music and text to create multimedia texts.

The accompanying teachers’ notes link directly to the Primary Framework for Literacy. As well as helping to raise standards in reading and writing, Picturacy ® provides opportunities for cross-curricular links including ICT, Music and Art.

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A Bout De Souffle


French New Wave classic available on DVD or VHS with downloadable study guide, suitable for GCSE, A Level, Higher.

Michel is a young thug who romantically models himself on Humphrey Bogart. While driving a stolen car, Michel shoots a policeman who follows him onto a country road. Penniless and on the run from the police, he turns to his American girlfriend Patricia in this French New Wave classic.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard
starring: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg
certificate: 15
running time: 90 mins
key stage : GCSE, A Level, Higher
subject area: Film Studies, French
resources available: downloadable PDF study guide

Starting Stories

A film and literacy resource for three- to seven-year-olds

Starting Stories explores and demonstrates the richness of short films as texts to support the development of children’s literacy and cineliteracy. It features five short films, accompanied by notes for teachers that support their use in the classroom. Ideal for Key Stage 1.

Teaching pack with VHS/DVD compilation

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Story Shorts 2

BFI short film compilation for Primary pupils

The DVD includes a carefully selected collection of 12 short films between two and ten minutes long, primarily aimed at children in Years 3 to 6, but is also suitable for older children, covering a wide range of issues and subjects and range from early archive footage to 21st Century films. The booklet enclosed with the DVD introduces ways of thinking about and teaching with short films. These web pages contain further teaching guidelines, student worksheets and additional materials.

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Screening shorts

Very useful resource containing carefully selected short films (and a CD-ROM teaching pack) to ‘ develop creativity, literacy and cineliteracy’ with 11-14 year olds.

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