Something for everyone?

If you are not interested in watching sport, summer blockbuster films leave you cold and we are having a typical British Summer (plenty of rain) do not despair. There is sure to be a DVD in the ‘Literature in Education Collection’ that you would enjoy watching.
Some films may be old favourites, some you may have heard of but never watched and some may be unknown to you.
’Dead Poets Society, Mona Lisa Smile, The Great Debaters , Hunky Dory , The Freedom Writers , School of Life and The Triumph all feature inspirational ( and sometimes unconventional) teachers.
Catch up with the recent BBC TV series Big School starring Catherine Tate and David Walliams. Its depiction of school life may strike you as realistic or wildly exaggerated according to your own experience. For another portrayal of British school life watch the Channel 4 series Teachers. There is good news if you enjoy it because there are 4 Seasons worth of episodes to watch.
Art School Confidential is a black comedy/ thriller which may not suit everyone. Jerome attends Art School because he wants his talent to be recognised and cherished. But it does not quite work out that way.
From Australia comes The Getting of Wisdom in which Laura, fresh from the Outback, struggles for acceptance at her prestigious boarding school. It is set in the 1880s and based on the novel by Henry Handel Richardson.
Other films about the problems of trying to fit in at a new school are the funny Spud from South Africa and Mean Girls from the USA.
Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams all contribute to the success of the classic Good Will Hunting. An exceptionally bright young man comes to terms with fact he has to take advantage of an opportunity to further his education, although it will mean leaving his old friends and neighbourhood.
A film that may be of interest to all those who have been abroad as part of the Erasmus programme is Pot Luck (L’auberge espagnole) .Xavier, from Paris ,is lucky enough to study for a year in Barcelona. His fellow students are from several European countries, a fact reflected by the use of French, English and Spanish in the film.
I hope that there is indeed ‘Something for everyone’ in the above selection. If not we have other DVDs,so please come and have a browse. If you have a favourite education film , whether it is set in a school, college, university or informal education environment , please tell us by writing a review. (Twitter: @IOELibrary, Web: http://libguides.ioe.ac.uk)

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