The texts listed below are considered to be of literary merit and suitable for study at NCEA Level 3 and level 8 of the curriculum because they allow the students to respond critically:

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
Tsotsi

Teach It UK
Hotel Rwanda

Film Ed
Once Were Warriors


In My Father's Den


American Beauty

American Beauty works well...I've marked level 3 and most students who did it engaged with it.
Heavenly Creatures


River Queen


Out of the Blue


Gattaca


The Pianist


In the Name of the father

Because of them and their astonishment with the film, I learn something new every year – hence the reason I keep presenting it to them. They are well-read, often political, and have a world experiences so are able to bring a lot to their appreciation of the text
Schindler's List

Book Rags
It led to lots of discussion about using a corrupt system for good and the idea of redemption.
Run Lola Run

Teaching Notes
Life Is Beautiful


The Piano


Munich


Gladiator


Psycho


Pan's Labrinth

Film Ed






Road to Perdition

TES UK
The three burials of Melquides Estrada


World's Fastest Indian

Artemis
Did a module a few years ago with a mixed ability class (co-ed but heavy on boys) called the wheel thing - looking at texts to do with cars, especially articles on boy racers and the driving age. There are a number of lovely nz short stories that fit the theme(novels too, for that matter). We viewed The Worlds Fastest Indian. It worked well.
12 Monkeys


Girl Interrupted

Book Rags
Sling Blade


Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind


The station agent


A beautiful mind

Book Rags

I have found “A Beautiful Mind” to work successfully at 12/13 Merit/Excellence.
The Truman show


O brother where art thou

Artemis
Rabbit proof fence


The constant gardener

Film Studies
Armadeus


Cold mountain


Million dollar baby

TES UK
Moulin rouge


Pleasantville


Shakespeare in love

Film Ed
The quiet American


The long walk home


One flew over the cuckoo's nest

Schmoop
Memento


Atonement


Painted veil


Revolutionary road


Away we go


Children of men

English Online

Absolutely fantastic film for Year 12 or 13. It is an R16 – we sent a letter home before teaching it and made sure all students were 16.
V for Vendetta

Is great for less able students, as well as bright students. has a number of good themes and motifs to use, as well as the fact it ties in with the world today.
No country for old men


Black hawk down


Leaving Las Vegas


Gone Baby Gone


Samson and Delilah

For my B-band year 13 class last year I used the Australian film Samson and Delilah - gritty and certainly relatable for our kids, plenty to work with and plenty of texts which support it (addressing the idea of the Stolen Generation, alienation etc). The students got some pleasing results.
Blade Runner

A lot of the students have an interest in sci fi, and I'm looking at the genre for a level 3 media studies ext on genre included in the English course.
The Hurt Locker

It's a very, very good senior text to read. Perhaps not to 'study' but if your level 3 students are doing war or courage, this might be a worthwhile film to view.

I have used it with our Military Academy... they loved it... it was great to use for 'Everyone is a Critic' at level 2 and 8835 theme for the level 3 in the academy where we are looking at War.

Yes, we are using it at Hamilton Boys’ High School with our top Year 13 English Scholarship students. We have found it to be sophisticated, complex, multi-layered and highly skilful film-making. There is absolutely enough material for an in-depth study of this film. Please do not make the mistake of thinking this is “only” a war film – check out the extended criteria for Level 3 film essays – it easily allows for excellence level responses.
Traffic

Traffic is pretty gritty and you would need to make a call if it was appropriate for your class.
Babel

Babel provided great extension for those that needed it.
Crash

Those that needed things kept simple could choose to focus only on Crash which is very accessible.
Bright Star


Enduring Love


The Constant Gardener


The Pianist
Polanski

District 9

I had thought about District 9 but am not sure it has enough in it for Level 3.
Revolutionary Road


Away We Go


500 Days of Summer


Painted Veil

Requires students to be sensitive to human dilemma and to be able to articulate this well. Possibly higher level students?



Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I thought about "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" but it might be a tad complex.
I have had huge success with this film for the past few years. My more able students fly with it but is totally accessible to all students I have found. LOVE teaching it!!


I've taught it a number of times to Level 3 and have had outstanding results every time! Artemis have a good unit that gives a solid start. Looking at the change of season corresponding to Clem's changing hair colour along with the development and eventual break down of their relationship drills well into the structure of the film as well as a number of motifs. Then linking in the idea of people manipulating feelings and interfering with others' relationships could tie in with Much Ado. As for ESOTSM...go for it!!!!
Visual Texts - Teachers will need to check the Censor’s rating for the following texts to ensure the follow the law. This web address will help:
www. Censorship.govt.nz/DDA/Pages/Screens/DDA/DecisionSearchCriteriaPage.aspx
American History X


An Education


Apocalypse Now


Blood Diamonds (R16)


Cabaret (R16)


Capote


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Crash (R16)


Dead Man Walking


Defiance (R16)


Emma


Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Fahrenheit 911


Fracture


Homelands (TV Series)


Infamous


Jane Eyre


Little Miss Sunshine


Midnight in Paris


Mr Pip


North Country


Pan’s Labyrinth


Othello


Pride and Prejudice


Rain


Regeneration


Scarfies


Sense and Sensibility


Summer Heights High (Mockumentary series)

Sylvia


The Bourne Identity


The Color Purple


The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo – in original form (with subtitles)
The Godfather (R16)


The Hours


The Human Centipede


The Kite Runner


The Last King of Scotland (R16)

The Lives of Others


The Lovely Bones


The King’s Speech


The Reader


There Will Be Blood



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