Film Class

Every week your hosts Sean and Shain, two teacher friends from Birmingham, discuss a film or other form of popular culture, focusing on the themes of teaching and education.

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This week's film, starring Mads Mikkelson, has an intriguing premise: would teaching slightly drunk improve our lessons? We discuss teaching ruts, taboos around male mental health, and consider whethe...
October 21, 2021
Alexander Payne's deeply cynical comedy presents teachers as frustrated chumps, whilst also taking swipes at the aspirations of Type A students like Reese Witherspoon's Tracey Flick (still her best ro...
October 7, 2021
J.K. Simmons puts in a commanding performance as psychotic music teacher Terence Fletcher, determined to drive Miles' Teller's Andrew to great artistic heights. We discuss his philosophy that praise l...
September 30, 2021
'I'm right and you're wrong, I'm big and you're small, and there's nothing you can do about it!' Danny DeVito's Matilda has been one of our most requested films to discuss from the very beginning of t...
September 23, 2021
This week we watch Ken Loach's classic debut film Kes (1969), starring then newcomer David Bradley as Billy, a working class boy from Yorkshire with little hope for the future. Loach captures the low ...
September 16, 2021
We're back! In our first episode of Season 2, we talk the Jack Black classic School of Rock (2003), in which a dosser poses as substitute teacher Mr Schneebly and insists his pupils learn the hard roc...
September 8, 2021
In our last episode of season one, we discuss the darkest Harry Potter films: Deathly Hallows Parts One and Two. We talk Harry's transition to young adulthood, the use of education as propaganda, teac...
December 23, 2020
Avid Draco Malfoy fan and university lecturer Dr Lucy Andrew joins us this week to talk all things Slytherin! We discuss Slughorn, Snape's moment of glory as Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, and...
December 17, 2020
We're joined this week by Lucy, Sean's colleague and KS4 lead for English. Listen we discuss the brilliance and terror of Imelda Staunton's Umbridge, confess our Hufflepuff shame, and discuss what mak...
December 10, 2020
In this week's discussion of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, we are joined by self-professed gifologist (and staunch Gryffindor) Ele! We discuss Mad Eye's terrifying lessons, Dumbledore's decisio...
December 3, 2020

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