The double Christmas/ New Year issue of the TV. listing magazines are now on sale. If your heart sinks upon perusing them, do not despair. The Library has a variety of films for loan which can be found in the Education in Literature Collection. The Collection is located on the left at the end of the computer room corridor.
Try ‘Educating Rita’ (1983) and enjoy the witty exchanges between Rita (Julie Walters), an eager Open University student and her disillusioned, boozy tutor played by Michael Caine.
Fans of ‘Downton Abbey’ may enjoy watching Maggie Smith in an early role as the redoubtable Edinburgh teacher Jean Brodie in ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’(1969).
South Africa has been in the news recently and the events portrayed in ‘Skin’ (2008) reflect how conditions used to be under apartheid. Sandra Laing (Sophie Okendo) is a black child born to white Afrikaners (Sam Neill and Alice Krige) unaware of their black ancestry, who raise their child as a ‘’white girl’’. But this is the 1950’s and Sandra’s life becomes a struggle for acceptance under the harsh apartheid laws. Remarkably this film is based on a true story.
Be inspired by another true story, that of Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), the teacher at the heart of ‘The Freedom Writers’ (2007). The film portrays her battle to connect with and teach a class of unruly students.
Loose a few of those Christmas calories by dancing along to the songs in ‘Fame’ (1980). Or you might prefer some jazz in which case ‘It’s Great to Be Young’ (1956) is the film for you. A curiosity from the 1950’s in which popular history and music teacher Mr Dingle has to cope with a new, autocratic Headmaster. Humphrey Lyttleton dubbed the jazz trumpet for John Mills.
Be adventurous and try a foreign language film. ‘Twenty-four Eyes’ (Nijushi no hitomi) (1954) is one of Japan’s most beloved film. A young woman arrives to teach on a remote island and is slowly accepted by the villagers. Has a strong anti-war message. The eponymous hero of ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ (2012), a French–Canadian film, is able to use his own experience of grief to help his young class recover from the sudden death of their previous teacher.
The DVDs are available as 1 Week Loans but if they are borrowed from Monday, 16th December, onwards then they will only be due back on Friday 3rd January 2014.