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The QFT Learning programme offers year-round educational screenings designed to support the national curriculum and aims to enable young audiences to engage more deeply and creatively with the best in new and classic world cinema.   


The new 2014-15 QFT Learning schools programme and Cinemagic International Film Festival programme for schools, as well as film education support information for teachers will be launched to teachers on Tuesday 16 Sept at 4pm-5.30pm at QFT, 20 University Square, Belfast BT7 1JN. 

RSVP and further details contact Marion Campbell, QFT Education Officer, Email: or tel 90971396.

Online advance booking for school groups for schools event opens from 17 September. 








Supports AS Eng Lit & Drama Studies.

The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire was broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella. Directed by Benedict Andrews.  Please note total running time of 4 hrs, incl. intervals.

Encore screenings tickets £3.50 per pupil, 2 teachers free of charge per group. Online booking available here.



TUES 14 OCT, 10.30AM-1.30PM.

Supports GCSE Eng Lit & Drama Studies.

A great opportunity for pupils and teachers to see an excellent production of this play. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan.  Directed by Eve Best. Runnin time: 3 hours, includes interval.

Encore screening tickets £3.50 per pupil, 2 teachers free of charge per group. Online booking available here.



private peaceful (12A) + recorded q & A with michael morpurgo

Supports KS3 English, History, Literacy & Using ICT.

WEDS 15 OCTOBER, 10.15AM-2.15PM.

This screening will have an introduction (30 mins) followed by Into Film, before the screening, followed by a workshop with Emma Thorpe, Northern Ireland Screen Education, outlining the Creative Learning in the Digital Age resource available for KS3 teachers and pupils.

Private Peaceful is the new adaptation from the best-selling novel by Michael Morpurgo, who also produced this film. Starring a trio of young British actors in break through roles, the story is told through Tommo Peaceful's point of view, played by George Mackay, who looks up to his older brother Charlie (Jack O'Connell). The both enlist as soldiers in WW1 and witness the heartless and brutal nature of war. The screening will have a short introduction and is followed by a Q & A with writer and producer Michael Morpurgo.

There is a teaching resource on the film, produced by the Literacy Trust. 

Limited spaces available, please book online here, or contact Marion Campbell, by email or telephone 07814 944020, for more information.

Pupils £3.00, up to 2 accompanying teachers free admission.

Pupils should bring a packed lunch for the lunch break between 12.30pm-1.00pm.


WW1 Remembrance Day Event

TUES 11 NOV, 10.15AM-12.30PM

Supports KS3 History, Drama & Literacy.


Pupils will have the opportunity to interact with a first person interpretation by a young actor in World War 1 uniform. 


There will also be a commentary with screening of A Night at the Cinema in 1914. This is a short film compilation of films made in 1914 which reflect the mood of society at the outbreak of WW1. There is footage from Emmaline Pankhurst and the suffrage movement which supported the war effort, as well as Charlie Chaplins’s Johnnie (84 mins). This is followed by a screening of WW1 documentary footage of the Battle of the Somme from the Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive, The North and South Irish at the Front, Part 2 (16 mins).


The event includes a WW1 presentation + interactive first person interpretation by actors in WW1 uniform and costumes of the period, in association with Drama Studies at QUB and the Living Legacies 1914-1918 Engagement Centre,

School groups can also book a free post-film tour of Queen’s University and WW1 sites that afternoon. 

More details about QUB and WW1 is available online here:

Admission £3.00 per pupil, up to 2 free teacher places. Online booking here.





THURS 11 DEC, 10.15AM-1PM

Supports GCSE MIA component 1 & GCE film genre topic.


This event promises to be an immersive film experience for pupils that will include an informative, contextual introduction before the screening. This film’s revolutionary use of music, special effects, and its epic story spanning millions of years and light-years, continues to influence the sci-fi genre. UK/US. 1968. Dir: Stanley Kubrick. 2 hrs 21 mins.

Admission £3.00 per pupil, up to 2 free teacher places. Online booking here.



THURS 5 FEB, 10.30AM-12.30PM.

Supports A2 MIA


This introduced screening event, presented in association with Into Film, is specifically designed to support AS level MIA pupils, as Raising Arizona is one of the set films. There will be a contextual introduction to the film with key points which will develop  film language and critical analysis skills. It will also be an enjoyable learning experience , with superb performances from Nicolas Cage and Holly Hunter as the childless couple, and direction by auteur American filmmakers the Coen Brothers. 
US. 1987. Dir: Joel Coen.  1hr 34 mins.

Admission £3.00 per pupil, up to 2 free teacher places. Online booking here.







northern ireland and world war 1 OR WORLD WAR 2


Supports KS3-KS5 History

This presentation will give an overview of how to use this archive, and what footage the archive contains. It will focus in particular on fascinating footage shot in Northern Ireland, before, during and after World War 2. To reserve places please contact the Education Officer directly,



As Belfast is celebrating 400 years since it was granted its charter in 1613, QFT Learning has organised a presentation that depicts visions of 100 years of the city on film. This 2 hr presentation using film clips and short films will also give participants the opportunity learn how to to use the archive, and show highlights from the 500 hrs footage held on it.  Film footage will include the first know film made in N Ireland by the founders of the Cinematgraph, the Lumiere Brothers, as well as a documentary about the Belfast Blitz and clips featuring Richard Hayward and documentaries by the highly acclaimed Belfast filmmaker David Hammond.

Supports KS2- KS5, History, Film and Media topics.



This illustrated presentation will use archive footage of World War I (With the North and South at the Front Part 1); Union to Partition (The Ulster Covenant); The Irish War of Independence (Aftermath
of the Easter Rising)
; The Anglo Irish War and Civil War (clips featuring De Valera and Michael Collins).
Contact the Education Officer, Marion Campbell for more information and to reserve group places, by mail: or tel: 028907 1396.

QFT Learning can also arrange bespoke events for schools which support a range of subjects such as Media Studies, Moving Image Arts, Film Studies, English Literacy, History, Citizenship and PSHE. The events help to develop pupils' Literacy and Cine-literacy skills.

The following film events are part of a rolling programme which includes a selection of educational screenings which support the national curriculum and can be arranged at dates and times to suit individual schools. QFT Learning also runs out-of-school and summer scheme activities for young people.

"A very enjoyable way to start the school year with 'A' level classes, thank you very much."
Post-Primary School Teacher

If you are interested in attending a school screening of any films listed here or in the main QFT Film Guide, please contact Marion Campbell, QFT Education Officer, email  or tel: 028 90971396.




Shakespeare workshops

QFT partner the Educational Shakespeare Company (ESC) offers drama and film workshops on a range of Shakespeare plays which can be tailored to pupils' needs, on a date that suits your school. Practical workshops for GCSE and A level set texts of Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, The Winter's Tale, King Lear and The Tempest.

The Educational Shakespeare Company works with a maximum of 30 students per group. They will need a large hall or classroom in your school where 30 students can move around freely and use their voices. The workshops are designed for students studying Shakespeare and last 2 hours maximum but this can be adapted to suit your needs.

Students do not need experience of acting or to know the text to benefit from the workshop; all they need is to be prepared to participate. They need a pen or pencil and ideally a copy of the text.

Workshops can be tailored to suit your needs and can cover the following:

  • Narrative or the story of the play
  • Character and subtext
  • Updating and translating Shakespeare to understand his work today
  • Rhythm and the construction of Shakespeare's language
  • Exploring the major themes through rehearsal techniques
  • Rehearsing key dramatic moments

Please advise us when booking which of the above you would like us to concentrate on in the workshop. Contact Marion Campbell, QFT Education Officer for further information: Email:  tel. 028 90971396.



Below is a sample selection of films with accompanying teaching resources:-



A fast-paced road movie about a group of young African kids trying to get to the World Cup in South Africa. The amazing journey sees them meet strange and dangerous characters through many countries whilst their quest reveals the strength of their relationships.Supports KS3, KS4 Citizenship; Learning for Life and Work (Local and Global Citizenship& Personal Development); English Literacy.



Produced by Tim Burton, The Nightmare Before Christmas, tells the story of Jack Skellington, a being from "Halloween Town" who opens a portal to "Christmas Town".
This screening will be preceded by Vincent, a short animation directed by Tim Burton. Young Vincent Malloy dreams of being just like Vincent Price and loses himself in macabre daydreams. Supports GCSE /GCE MIA.

BRIGHT STAR (pg), 2009


Bright Star is the new Jane Campion film based on the life of poet John Keats.  The new resource will support GCSE, GCE English Literature and above with a resource in four main areas, including romance and romantics in Literature and biography and biopic topics.



Creation is another new biopic based on the life Charles Darwin.  The new teaching resource supports students aged 14-18 and relate to the KS4 Science curriculum and exam board specifications for Biology as well as providing stimulus material for students of General Studies, Religious Studies and Critical Thinking.



The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas This popular book club title is available to screen to school groups by request, and will include a ten minute introduction to the film.  Contact the Education Officer for details.

This 'book to film' screening supports the KS3 curriculum (English, Citizenship, CRED, & History)  and is based on the book about the Holocaust, by much loved Irish writer John Boyne. There are accompanying online resources for this film with a range of carefully designed tasks enabling students to engage with different text types, as well as exploring the key messages of this fictional story. The film offers a unique perspective on how prejudice, hatred and violence affect innocent people, particularly children, during wartime.

Particularly suitable for English at KS3, the film's activities can be used in any subject to develop students' emotional and moving image literacy. Activities focus on still and moving images alongside script elements, publicity materials and extracts from an exclusive interview with the book's author. The tasks are designed to exercise skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening as students explore the film from a number of angles. For further details look at

PAN'S LABYRINTH (15), 2006

Pan's LabyrinthPan's Labyrinth unfolds through the eyes of Ofelia, a young girl who is uprooted to a rural military outpost in Fascist-ruled Spain commanded by her new stepfather, the Captain. Powerless and lonely in a place of unfathomable cruelty, Ofelia lives out her own dark fable as she confronts monsters both otherworldly and human. There will be a short introduction to the film and supporting teaching resources at the event.  Supports key stage: GCE AS/A2, Spanish, Film Studies, Art & Design and Moving Image Art.

A streetcar named desire (15), 1951

A Streetcar Named DesireAdaptation of Tennessee Williams play of the same name starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh. Supporting teaching resource notes available.

Becoming jane (PG), 2007

Becoming JaneA biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen aged 22 years (played by Anne Hathaway) and her romance with a young Irishman Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), the film also stars Julie Walters as Mrs Austen. Supports GCSE and AS/A2 level English Literature. A biographical portrait of a pre-fame Jane Austen aged 22 years (played by Anne Hathaway) and her romance with a young Irishman Tom Lefroy (James McAvoy), the film also stars Julie Walters as Mrs Austen. Supports GCSE and AS/A2 level English Literature.

Modern Languages


QFT shows many foreign language films in their original languages, both classics and new film releases, which support Modern Languages from years 10 to A2 level, as well as Media, Film Studies and Moving Image Arts.

"This was a very interesting film.  The students enjoyed it ( L'Enfant) so much they said it was 'hyper cool!"  
French Teacher.

The French films listed below are suitable for years 9 and above and can be arranged on a date and time which suits individual schools:

Asterix: Mission Cleopatre (PG), 2002

Asterix: Mission Cleopatre Asterix and Obelix go to Egypt to help architect Numerobis who is building a palace for Cleopatra who wants to show the Roman Emperor, Julius Caesar, that her people are still great, even if the times of the Pharaohs has long passed. Perfect for years 10-13 pupils studying French.

Etre et Avoir (PG), 2002

Etre et Avoir How do we learn to live with others and their wishes? Director Nicolas Philibert poses this question in a village schoolhouse in Auvergne , where Georges Lopez teaches 13 children, ages ranging from about four to twelve.

Les Choristes (The Chorus) 12A, 2004

Les ChoristesIn 1949 Monsieur Clement, an assistant teacher, comes to a school for "difficult" boys. The school is run by a hard minded principal and the motto of the school is "Action - Reaction". Monsieur Clement tries to reach his boys and build trust and true order through music. Suitable for French and Media Studies pupils in years 10 and above.  Excellent teaching resources available for this title.

C.R.A.Z.Y. (15), 2005

C.R.A.Z.Y.French-Canadian film drama about youth that supports AS/A2 level French. Main themes covered in the film are youth culture, adolescence, family, relationships and difference. Accompanying study guide available.

Le Grand Voyage (PG), 2004

Le Grand VoyageSummoned to accompany his father on a pilgrimage to Mecca , Reda complies reluctantly - as he is preparing for his baccalaureat and, even more importantly, has a secret love relationship. The trip across Europe in a broken-down car is also the departure of his father: upon arrival in Mecca , both Reda and his father are not the characters they were at the start of the movie. Teaching resources available for French teachers.

German Cinema

QFT regularly screens both classic and new German cinema and has recently shown Goodbye Lenin, Jenseits der Stille, Das Versprechen and Lola Rennt, often in association with NICILT at QUB.

Das Leben der Anderen (Lives of Others) (15), 2007

Das Leben der Anderen An introduced screening of Das Leben der Anderen (Lives of Others) is available. This award-winning German film focuses on life in the former East Germany under the notorious Stasi regime.  This film focuses on the horrifying, sometimes unintentionally funny system of observation in the former East Germany .  Supports AS/A2 level German, History, Media and Film Studies.

History & french

DAYS OF GLORY (Indigenes) (12A), 2006

Days of GlorySet during WWII, when four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate their country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. Supports GCSE and AS/A2 level French, History, Film and Media Studies.

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