Friendships we have as young people form a crucial part of our development. Some may endure throughout our lives, others fall away or are rekindled after lengthy periods apart.
Some are formed in the most unlikely of places with people very different to ourselves.
The education charity Into Film has a wide range of films for all ages which explore and celebrate friendship in all its forms, ranging from classics like The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and family favourites like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Iron Giant, Toy Story and Finding Nemo to independent or foreign titles such as Ernest and Celestine, Belle et Sébastien, and The Crow’s Egg. Films are free to order for all schools with an Into Film Club - a dedicated list of recommended titles can be found here: https://www.intofilm.org/films/filmlist/85
Positive relationships are important at all ages, and to celebrate friendship with older children Into Film’s selection is equally broad, including, to name but a few, Stand By Me, Clueless, Bend It Like Beckham, A Room for Romeo Brass, G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend), Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Thelma & Louise, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and The Shawshank Redemption. Films are free to order for all schools with an Into Film Club.
For information about Into Film or to set up an Into Film Club for free access to thousands of films and resources visit www.intofilm.org
Into Film also has a wide choice of films which can be used to promote discussion about the complex topic of bullying in a safe and impersonal way – check out recommended titles at https://www.intofilm.org/films/filmlist/8
In support of Anti-Bullying Week 2017 the charity has teamed up with the Anti-Bullying Alliance to create new Anti-Bullying on Film resources for primary and secondary, available to download from the Into Film website from early October. Anti-Bullying is also a key feature of the Into Film Festival (November 8-24), the world’s biggest, free youth film festival.
Relevant titles this year include, among others, those which deal with obvious bullying (A Monster Calls, Trigga (short) and Matilda), those which explore the issue from the perspective of race (Hidden Figures, A United Kingdom, Detroit, A Viceroy’s House), or the perspective of gender (Zootropolis and Battle of the Sexes), and films in which not quite fitting in is a key theme (Diary of a Wimpy Kid – The Long Haul, Edge of Seventeen, My Life as a Courgette).
To find out more about the Into Film Festival or book free tickets visit www.intofilm.org/festival