3rd October 2016
Here is some information about the films we will be seeing during National Film Week, which begins on November 14th.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thirty years after the Galactic Empire was defeated by the Rebels, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia and Chewbacca return in a continuation of the epic space saga. They are joined by a host of new faces, led by Rey, a scavenger on a desert planet, Finn, a self-doubting stormtrooper, and Kylo Ren, a mysterious new villain hell-bent on emulating the work of his idol Darth Vader. The Galactic Empire has been replaced by a fascistic new force known as the First Order and it is up to a new Resistance to try and stop them. Spectacular intergalactic battles ensue in a film that skilfully seeks to blend the old and the new, with state-of-the-art technology combining with the earthier filmmaking that made the original trilogy so loved.
Years 7 and 8
The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling’s beloved story of a young boy raised in the Indian jungle by wolves gets a visually lavish live-action adaptation. Despite friendships with loyal bear Baloo and Bagheera the panther, the jungle remains a dangerous place for Mowgli, full of nasty predators. Under threat from vicious man-eating tiger Shere Khan and sinister serpent Baa, Mowgli is forced on an epic but dangerous journey of self-discovery. With an all-encompassing and immersive environment to play with, combining live-action with CGI, the film mixes spectacle with heart and a sincere message around destruction of the environment. Fans of the animated version’s classic tunes will also be relieved to hear they receive another outing.
Years 9 and 10
Pete and his parents are driving along one day – reading a story called Elliot Gets Lost – when suddenly the car crashes. Pete spends the next six years of his life in a North American forest – relying on his mother’s lingering words reminding him to be brave – with a newfound companion: a big green dragon that he names Elliot. Fiercely protective of each other, the two must evade capture from a mercenary hunter or risk being separated forever. This live-action remake of the 1977 children’s classic is an emotional and adventurous tale of loss, independence and the bonds of friendship.