Senior Cycle

To book IFI Education events please contact Richard or Aoife on 01 679 5744 or schools@irishfilm.ie.

Find out about each of this year’s Senior Cycle screenings by clicking the subjects below:

ENGLISH

FRENCH

GERMAN

SPANISH

GAEILGE

HISTORY

MUSIC

BUSINESS STUDIES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

ART

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ENGLISH

Unforgiven
Oct 17, 10.30 (rated 15A)
This award-winning Western has much to offer the comparative study, such as examination of the hero, the world of the Western, and themes of revenge, good and evil. Clint Eastwood plays retired gunslinger William Munny, coaxed out of his hog-farming retirement in return of a bounty.

NT Live Hamlet (Encore)
Feb 26, 10.15 (rec age 15+)
William Shakespeare’s Hamlet returns in this National Theatre Live presentation, first staged in 2015. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a masterful interpretation of a Hamlet profoundly torn. Forced to avenge his father’s death but paralysed by the task ahead, Hamlet rages against the impossibility of his predicament, threatening both his sanity and the security of the state.

Pride
Mar 20, 10.30 (rated 15A)
Successful British film concerning the unlikely pairing of striking Welsh miners and gay rights activists from London in Thatcher-era Britain. Hilarious in places and heartfelt throughout, the film offers insights into prejudice and intolerance, while underlining the importance and impact of standing up for your rights.

FRENCH

Keeper
Oct 10, Nov 6, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 12, Mar 28 – 10.30 (rec age 15+)

This year’s senior French film choice for schools is the sensitive, realistic story of Maxime and Mélanie, a teen couple in love. When Mélanie comes pregnant, their world is rocked. As the pair try to decide what to do, they feel pressure coming at them from all sides.
Please note this film contains some strong sexual references and a scene with strobe lighting.
Presented in association with the French Cultural Service. Study guide available here.

Also showing around Ireland – click for locations.

GERMAN

The Silent Revolution
Oct 11, Jan 17, Feb 5 – 10.30 (rec age 15)
Captivating Cold War-era drama told from the perspective of two East German high school students. During a visit to West Berlin in 1956, Theo and Kurt witness dramatic footage of the violent Budapest uprising against Soviet forces. Back at school in Stalinstadt, they spontaneously stage a silent protest in class in support of the Hungarians who lost their lives.
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. Study guide available here.

Also showing around Ireland – click for locations. 

Here are some audience reactions to a recent Schools screening of The Silent Revolution. 

SPANISH

The Chessplayer
Oct 16, Dec 18, Mar 21 – 10.30 (rec age 15+)
Madrid, 1934. As the political landscape grows more threatening under Franco, Champion chessplayer Diego and his French wife move to Paris, only to later
find themselves in the midst of Nazi occupation. When Diego becomes falsely imprisoned, he must use chess to earn the trust of his captors. The Chessplayer tells a humanist story of an ordinary man caught up in extraordinary circumstances, and offers students a Spanish perspective on this turbulent era of European history. In association with Consejería de Educación, Embassy of Spain. Study guide available here.

Also screening around Ireland – click for locations.

GAEILGE

An tSaothraí
Mar 13, Mar 14 – 10.30 (rated 12A)
I gcomhair Sheachtain na Gaeilge taispeánfar an beochan fada is déanaí ón stiúideo Éireannach Cartoon Saloon. Tá an scéal suite in 2001 in Cabúl atá faoi smacht an Talaban, agus insíonn sé scéal Parvana, cailín aon bhliain déag d’aois, a ligeann uirthi gur buachaill í le soláthar dá teaghlach agus le hiarracht a dhéanamh saol a athar a shábháil.

Set in 2001 in Taliban-controlled Kabul, this extraordinary animation from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon tells the story of 11 year-old Parvana who conceals her identity to provide for her family and try to save her father’s life.

HISTORY

Platoon
Nov 21 – 10.30 (rated 15A) 
Exploration of the dehumanising effects of war, rooted in Oliver Stone’s own experiences and in countless post-war testimonies. For students studying the Vietnam War under the Johnson administration, the film is an excellent account of the effects of the President’s decisions on the ground.

MUSIC

Bohemian Rhapsody
Oct 24 – 10.15 (rated 12A)
Bohemian Rhapsody follows the iconic rock band Queen as they record their biggest songs and perform their most legendary shows, including a stunning recreation of their 1985 Live Aid concert. Featuring a superb lead performance from Rami Malek, this long-awaited biopic is a must-see for students of music. Members of official tribute act Queen Extravaganza will attend our special preview on October 24th for a short Q&A about Queen’s music and working in the music industry. Preview in association with 20th Century Fox Ltd.

BUSINESS STUDIES

Westwood: Punk, Icon Activist
Nov 14, Jan 22 – 10.30 (rated 15A)
Credited by many as having created the look of punk in the 1970s, designer Vivienne Westwood is an undisputed icon of the British fashion world. With archive footage and interviews with associates, we are introduced to a true rebel, an entrepreneur and advocate for environmental and social issues.
Entrepreneur and activist Norah Casey will introduce the screening on November 14th.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Katie
Mar 26 – 10.30 (rated 12A) 
After a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Irish boxer, Katie Taylor turned professional. This revealing documentary follows Taylor as she attempts to get back on track following that major blow to her career. Students of PE will find much to discuss including gender in sport, going professional, and planning for optimum performance.

ART

McQueen
Nov 7 – 10.30 (rated 15A)
Alexander McQueen was a British fashion designer and couturier who excelled and
excited with his tailoring, theatricality and the sheer bravura of his collections. His life cut short by suicide, this documentary traces his career, with footage from some of his most famous and provocative shows.
Please note that this film contains strong language and references to sexual violence.
Junk Kouture 2019
Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs from everyday junk. Sara Ryan, Chief Operations Officer of Junk Kouture, will introduce our screening and present a former winner and their costume.


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