The texts listed below are young adult fiction most suited to NCEA Level 1 and level 6 of the curriculum as they tend to be narrative driven with fairly obvious messages:

Schools should adhere to guidelines available from the Office of Film and Literature Classification regarding how films should be chosen and used in schools.

Text Title
Creator/Producer/Director
Comment
V for Vendetta

Is great for less able students, as well as bright students.
Mean Creek





No. 2


Friday Night Lights


Glory


Stand By Me


Unbreakable


Blackhawk Down


Changing Lanes


Gladiator


Unbreakable


Welcome To Sarajevo


Good Will Hunting


Courage Under Fire


Speed


The Bank


Of Mice And Men


Daredevil


To Kill A Mockingbird


The Big Steal


The Four Feathers


Finding Neverland


Bend it like Beckham


The Sixth Sense


Shine


Witness


Friday Night Lights


The Truman Show

recommended in examiners' reports
Remember the Titans

recommended in examiners' reports
Billy Elliot

recommended in examiners' reports
Bend It Like Beckham

recommended in examiners' reports
What's Eating Gilbert Grape

recommended in examiners' reports
Dead Poet's Society

recommended in examiners' reports
Rabbit Proof Fence

recommended in examiners' reports
About a Boy

recommended in examiners' reports
Looking for Alibrandi

recommended in examiners' reports
Gallipoli

recommended in examiners' reports
Whale Rider

recommended in examiners' reports
The Power of One

recommended in examiners' reports
My Big Fat Greek Wedding


Slum Dog Millionaire

My students loved doing 'Slumdog Millionaire' last year and artemis do a film guide.
Little Miss Sunshine


Second Hand Wedding


Billy Elliot

Has worked really well with my Year 11 class this year.
Boy

For a visual text set in Aotearoa.
Pleasantville


Witness


Visual Texts – Teachers will need to check the Censor’s rating for the following texts to ensure they follow the law. This web address will help:
www. Censorship.govt.nz/DDA/Pages/Screens/DDA/DecisionSearchCriteriaPage.aspx
About a Boy


Amelie


Bowling for Columbine


Chocolat


Coach Carter


Dark Knight


Field of Dreams


Forrest Gump


Freedom Writer’s Diary


Goodnight and Good Luck


In Pursuit of Happyness


Into the Wild


Invictus


Juno


M*A*S*H series


October Sky


O Tamaiti (Short Film)


Purely Belter


Romeo and Juliet


Spider Man


Strictly Ballroom


Ten Things I Hate About You


The Basketball Diaries


The Blind Side


The Breakfast Club


The Diary of Anne Frank


The Hurricane


The Sapphires


The Strength of Water (NZ)


The War Horse


The World’s Fastest Indian


Tomorrow When the War Began


Touching The Void


Walk the Line



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