15 juin 2012

Children Ciné-Clubs (Beeban Kidron)

May 2012 TED Salon London 13'13"
Movies have the power to create a shared narrative experience and to shape memories and worldviews. British film director Beeban Kidron invokes iconic film scenes -- from Miracle in Milan to Boyz n the Hood -- as she shows how her group FILMCLUB shares great films with kids.
Beeban Kidron is a British filmmaker who successfully navigates between pop culture and society’s darkest underworlds. Kidron is best known for directing Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004) and the Bafta-winning miniseries Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989), adapted from Jeannette Winterson’s novel of the same name. She is also the director of To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) and Antonia and Jane (1991), as well as two documentaries on prostitution: Hookers, Hustlers, Pimps and their Johns (1993) and Sex, Death and the Gods (2011), a film about “devadasi,” or Indian “sacred prostitutes.”
In 2006 Kidron, with journalist and film critic Lindsay Mackie, founded FILMCLUB, an educational charity aimed at transforming the lives of young people through film. Through FILMCLUB, schools can screen films at no cost, and afterwards students discuss and review the films. Each week the charity reaches 220,000 children, in over 7,000 clubs.

FILMCLUB : Weekly Film Screenings in schools
  • Participatory choice of the film title from the vast annals of cinema history
  • Curated and contextualized film presentation
  • Uninterrupted, communal film screening 
  • Post-screening discussions, opening up on larger societal debates
  • Meeting with filmmakers, film crew, actors, screenwriters, editors, casting directors, stun managers, composers, conductors
  • Film-related activities, school project, workshop
  • Review writing, review of the week contest

Films cited :
  • Anabelle Serpentine dance (1894/Thomas Edison)
  • Le voyage dans la Lune (1902/Georges Meliès)
  • Dead Poets Society (1993/Peter Weir)
  • Miracle in Milan (1951/Vittorio de Sica)
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008/Danny Boyle)
  • City of God (2002/Fernando Meirelles)
  • Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939/Frank Capra)
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004/Terry George)
  • Schindler's List (1993/Steven Spielberg)
  • Pickpocket (1959/Robert Bresson)
  • To Sir, with Love (1967/James Clavell)
  • Seven Samourai (1954/Kurosawa)
  • Half Nelson (2006/Ryan Fleck)
  • Persepolis (2007/Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi)
  • Jaws (1975/Steven Spielberg)
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1959/George Stevens)
  • The Great Escape (1963/John Sturges)
  • Shoah (1985/Claude Lanzmann)
  • Triumph of the Will (1935/Leni Riefenstahl)
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939/Victor Fleming)
  • Citizen Kane (1941/Orson Welles)
  • Boyz n the Hood (1991/John Singleton)
  • Apollo 13 (1995/Ron Howard)
  • Gandhi (1982/Richard Attenborough)
  • All About Eve (1950/Joseph L. Mankiewicz)
  • Network (1976/Sidney Lumet)
  • Mildred Pierce (1945/Michael Curtiz)
  • Marx Brothers 
  • Spirited Away (2001/Hayao Miyazaki)
  • La Haine (1993/Matthieu Kassovitz)
  • Rear Window (1954/Alfred Hitchcock)

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