Free films for area’s schools

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THE world’s largest film festival for schools comes to Mansfield later this month.

Film Education’s National Schools Film Week, 13th-21st October, screens films free for pupils at Mansfield’s Odeon Cinema and the Old Library with the goal of supporting classroom teaching.

The festival can be linked directly to elements of the curriculum – and is supported by an online library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics.

David Brown, from Mansfield District Council (Arts Around Mansfield), will be giving a talk prior to a screening this year.

He said: “This country has produced some outstanding films since film-making became a profession so it’s great to see Film Week going strong, continuing to bring a wide range of films to schools and colleges and inspiring the British film-makers of tomorrow.”

Teacher Michael Rhodes, from West Notts College, who took part last year, added: “Attending Film Week gave us the opportunity to watch a film that we wouldn’t normally see locally, and it was all organised for us and was within walking distance of the college.

“It gave the students an appreciation of World Cinema.”

Films being shown free to schools include:

Odeon

Thurs 13th – Cars 2 (U,). Fri 14th – Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (U). Mon 17th – Yogi Bear (U). Tue 18th – Super 8 (12A). Wed 19th – Fighter, The (15). Thu 20th – Rango (PG). Fri 21 – Rio (U,) introduced by David Brown.

Old Library

Mon 17th – Tangled (PG). Tue 18th – Toy Story 3 (U). Wed 19th – Social Network (12A).

l Teachers can book their free tickets online at www.nationalschoolsfilmweek.org