Senior Cycle

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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 is retired gunslinger William Munny, coaxed out of his hog-farming retirement in return of a bounty. In this old-style Western, men ruled, and disputes were sorted by the fun; Eastwood directs and stars as the cowboy ready to hang up his holster, like his own great Western career.

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.
Lyndsey Turner directs with visual flair and gothic sensibility while Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a masterful interpretation of a Hamlet profoundly torn. As a country arms itself for war, a family tears itself apart. 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.
This production renders Shakespeare’s protagonist identifiable to a new generation.

Mar 20, 10.30 (rated 15A)
Filling the feel-good gap of former comparative text Billy Elliot is this heartfelt British film concerning the unlikely pairing of striking Welsh miners and gay rights activists from London in Thatcher-era Britain. On the outside totally different, with both sides marginalised from mainstream society, they find they also have much in common.
Hilarious in places and heartfelt throughout, the film offers insights into a Britain rife with prejudice and intolerance, while underlining the importance and impact of standing up for your rights.


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. Maxime is a talented footballer and likely to be selected for trials. Life is good but when Mélanie comes pregnant, their worlds are rocked. Their parents’ responses are very differently, and as the pair try to decide what to do, they feel pressure coming at them from all sides.

An honest and heartfelt drama about young people thrust into adulthood, it poses rich questions for discussion such as ‘Who am I?’, ‘How do I make decisions?’ and ‘Who do I want to be?’

Please note this film contains some strong sexual references and a scene with strobe lighting.

Study guide in association with the French Cultural Service available here.

Also showing around Ireland – click for locations.


The Silent Revolution
Oct 11, Jan 17, Feb 5 – 10.30 (rec age 15) 
Based on true events, The Silent Revolution is a captivating Col 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.
Set during the Soviet occupation, the film highlights the stifling grip that the authorities maintained in the region and the impact on those living there.
Presented in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. Study guide available here.
Also showing around Ireland – click for locations. 


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. 



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