Schools invited to join in as National Film Week comes to town

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SCHOOLS across town are being invited to take part in a nationwide festival celebrating films.

The event, which runs from next Thursday (October 13), offers free tickets for teachers and children at selected cinemas and is part of National Schools Film Week.

The festival’s goal is to support classroom teaching by providing schools with an online library of resources related to individual films and more generic topics.

Nick Walker, festival director for National Schools Film Week, said: “Our hope is for teachers and students to feel massively engaged in the festival, as it is an incredible opportunity not only to build the adventurous, film-loving audience of the future but also to develop the kinds of passion in young people more likely to make them more receptive to this collectively experienced art form.

“This is achieved by in-cinema talks and online resources, which give teachers the tools to encourage students to explore and understand new cinematic worlds.”

The programme for this year at the Odeon in Queens Road is:

Thursday, October 13, Cars 2 (U)

Friday, October 14, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (PG)

Monday, October 17, Rio (U)

Tuesday, October 18, The King’s Speech (12A)

Wednesday, October 19, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules (U)

Thursday, October 20, Yogi Bear (U)

Friday, October 21, Kung Fu Panda 2 (PG)

Teachers can book their free tickets online at