If you've managed a trip to the cinema recently, you might have noticed some recent releases have taken classic fairy tales to a new level. Both Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman retell parts of the Snow White story.
This is just the beginning of a Hollywood obsession with fairy tales - over the next 4 years over fifty films based on classic tales are set for release, including Cinderella (2), Peter Pan (4), the Wizard of Oz (7 plus a TV series and a silver screen adaptation of the musical Wicked), Hansel and Gretl (3), Sinbad (4) and many more.
Some may sink without trace, but if you enjoy a good old fairy tale, look forward to being indulged over the coming years. Don't expect to take the children along to enjoy these films though, many are being rated PG, 12 and higher, as the various twists make them too black for youngsters, include modern vices in contemporary settings, or have underlying themes of wickedness!
National Schools Film Week runs from 14-22 October 2010, giving children and their teachers the chance to see films at local cinemas free! The idea is to provide teachers and ultimately children with access to films that might help and further contribute to the school curriculum.
Last year some 400,000 students and teachers were involved across the country with 540 cinemas taking part. It is generally agreed that learning outside the classroom is of huge benefit to children. There are all sorts of activities that the children can look at prior to a visit:
- Quick history of cinema and television: chat about the fact some of us/our parents didn't have television at home when growing up!
- History of the building: look at the cinema you go to. Is it a brand new modern building or an older building?
- Walk to the cinema: what do you pass?, how are the buildings different along the way?, how many roads do you cross?
- Talk about films: chat about films you like, films you don't like, character in films, what type of film you would make
- Set up your own cinema: close the curtains, grab some popcorn and watch a film together!