Schools become pop-up cinemas

Film on the Road visits Michael School

Film on the Road visits Michael School

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Four schools were transformed into pop-up cinemas last week.

Pupils at Castle Rushen High School and Michael, Arbory and Dhoon primaries were all visited by Into Film’s Film on the Road.

The programme, part of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Rural Inclusion Project, introduces young people in remote rural communities to new ideas and cultures through film.

Film on the Road co-ordinator Luke Simpson said: ‘They are getting to see these great films from around the world and throughout cinema history. It opens the world up a little bit to students.’

It has included everything from a documentary about disabled musicians in Africa to popular blockbusters such as Monsters University, with its message about accepting who you are and others.

Last week, Castle Rushen students watched Super 8, The Muppets was screened at Michael, while Arbory and Dhoon watched Frozen.

Eighteen schools on the island are also running Into Film – a fun and education club scheme which seeks to educate, engage and develop young people through films.

‘Film is a great way to get people together and it’s an easy way to squeeze in a bit of education without students realising,’ Luke said.

‘At every school we go to we encourage students to think about the films they have seen and use creative language when they talk about it.’

They are encouraged to post a review of films they watch – in school or at home or the cinema – on the Into Film website.

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