NATIONAL FILM WEEK - film details

3rd October 2016

Here is some information about the films we will be seeing during National Film Week, which begins on November 14th.

Year 11

Film title

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Synopsis

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 The Galactic Empire has been replaced by a fascistic new force known as the First Order and it is up to a new Resistance to try and stop them.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

Film title

The Jungle Book

Synopsis

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

Film title

Pete's Dragon

Synopsis

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.