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Theme
Texts
Comment
Year 12 Gothic Horror
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Turn of the Screw
  • The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • Jekyl and Hyde
  • Northanger Abbey
  • Jany Eyre
  • Other Voices, Other Rooms Truman Capote
  • The Sound and The Fury' William Faulkner
  • The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
  • Interview with the Vampire' Anne Rice
  • American Gothic Tales Joyce Carol Oates - includes many of the classic short stories like 'Sleepy Hollow' and Charlotte Gilman Perkins
  • The Yellow Wallpaper

Growing up
  • Balibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  • Lord of the Flies - William Golding
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid - Bill Bryson
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • The Book Thief - Marcus Zusack
  • Montana 1948 - Larry Watson
  • Huckeberry Finn - Mart Twain
  • Breaking Away - Peter Yates
  • The Hills - Patricia Grace
  • Night - Elie Wiesel
  • The Basketball Diaries - Scott Kalvert
  • October Sky - Joe Johnston
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • To The Is-land - Janet Frame

The Rebel
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • Rebel without a Cause - Nicholas Ray
  • The Matrix - Wachowski Brothers
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • Malcolm X - Spike Lee
  • The Destructors - Graham Greene
  • Valkyrie - Bryan Singer
  • Stone of Destiny - Ian Hamilton (novel and film)

Madness
  • Hamlet - Shakespeare
  • King Lear - Shakespeare
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  • Owls Do Cry - Janet Frame
  • A Beautiful Mind - Ron Howard
  • Twelve Monkeys - Terry Gilliam
  • The Tell-Tale Heart (short story) - Edgar Allan Poe
The Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
Apocalypse Now - Francis Ford Copella
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Tender is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Freedom and Comformity
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  • The Shawshank Redemption - Frank Darabont
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • The Matrix - Wachowski Brothers
  • Dead Poets' Society - Peter Weir
  • A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Family
  • In My Father's Den - Mauruce Gee
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • Hamlet - Shakespeare
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • The Whale Rider - Witi Ihimaera
  • Road to Perdition - Sam Mendes
  • The Merchant of Venice – Shakespeare
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • American Beauty - Sam Mendes
  • The Book Thief - Marcus Zusack
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Revenge
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest - Keny Kesey
  • St. Agnes Stand - Thomas Eidson
  • The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare
  • What Becomes of the Broken Hearted? - Alan Duff
  • Kill Bill - Quentin Tarentino
  • Road to Perdition - Sam Mendes
  • A Vendetta - Guy de Maupassant

Leadership
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
  • Richard III - Shakespeare
  • Henry V - Shakespeare
  • King Lear - Shakespeare
  • All the King's Horsesl - Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Long Walk to Freedom - Nelson Mandela
  • Invictus - Clint Eastwood

Sacrifice And Integrity
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  • Schindler's Ark - Thomas Kenneally
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • the Shawshank Redemption - Frank Darabont
  • St Agnes' Stand - Thomas Eidson
  • A Man for All Seasons - Robert Bolt
  • Good Night and Good Luck - George Clooney
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • The Aeneid - Virgil

Good And Evil
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  • Constantine - Francis Lawrence
  • Richard III - Shakespeare
  • The Lottery - Shirley Jackson
  • Macbeth - Shakespeare
  • The Killer Angels - Michael Schaara
  • Poems of William Blake
  • Lord of the Rings - J RR Tolkien
  • Paradise Lost - John Milton
  • A History of Violence - David Croneneberg

Friendship And Love
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • The Merchant of Venice - Alan Duff
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - Alan Duff
  • Othello - Shakespeare
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Berniere
  • Hamlet - Shakespeare
  • Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
  • Shakespeare's Sonnets
  • Poems by Sam Hunt

Hardship and Survival
  • The Crucible - Arthur Miller
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • One Flew Over The Cruckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  • In Harm's Way - Doug Stanton
  • It's not about the Bike - Lance Armstrong
  • Touching the Void - Joe Simpson
  • The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
  • Lord of the Files - William Golding
  • Between A Rock and a Hard Place - Aron Ralston
  • Edgar Rice Shaun of the Dead
  • The Road - Cormac Macarthy
  • We Are Marshall - McGinty

Race / the treatment of minorities
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (minorites not race)
  • The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare
  • Othello - Shakespeare
  • Benjamin Zephaniah - Poems by Michael Jackson (New Zealand poet)
  • Mississippi Burning - Alan Parker
  • Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
  • Montana 1948 - Larry Watson
  • Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman
  • Rabbit Proof Fence - Phillip Noyce
  • Ballad of Birmingham - poem
  • District 9 - Neill Blomkamp
  • A Dry White Season - Andre Brink
  • Translations - Brian Friel (play)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Father / Son Relationships
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • Road to Perdition - Sam Mendes
  • Hamlet - Shakespeare
  • In My Father's Den - Maurice Gee
  • Father and Son - Owen Marshall
  • Father and Son - Cat Stevens
  • Tangi - Patricia Grace
  • On My First Sonne - Ben Jonson
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
  • Billy Elliot - Stephen Daldry
  • Death of a Salesman - Arthur miller
  • A Histroy of Violence - David Cronenberg
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  • Digging - Seamus Heaney (poem)

War
  • Henry V - Shakespeare
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Loius de Berniere
  • Poems by WWI poets (Sassoon, Owen etc)
  • Tu - Patricia Grace
  • Saving Private Ryan - Steven Spielberg
  • Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
  • Regeneration - Pat Barker
  • Full Metal Jacket - Stanley Kubrick
  • Apocalypse Now - Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cold Mountain - Charles Frazier
  • All Quiet on the Western Front - Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
  • War Horse - Steven Spielberg
  • Once on Chunuk Bair - Maurice Shadbolt (play and film)

Depictions of Women
  • Bulibasha - Witi Ihimaera
  • Hamlet - Shakespeare
  • The Merchant of Venice - Shakespeare
  • Once Were Warriors - Alan Duff
  • Richard III - Shakespeare
  • In My Father's Den - Maurice Gee
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - Ken Kesey
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • The Story of an Hour - Kate Chopin
  • The Colour Purple - Alice Walker
  • Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
  • Full Metal Jacket - Stanley Kubrick

Dystopia
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • 1984 - George Orwell
  • Animal Farm - George Orwell
  • The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  • Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
  • Blade Runner - Ridley Scott
  • The Matrix - Wachowski Brothers
  • Minority Report - Steven Spielberg
  • V for Vendetta - Wachowski Brothers
  • Children of Men - P D JAmes
  • The Road - Cormac McCarthy
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (also a film)
  • Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermo del Torro

What does it mean to be human?
  • A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
  • Blade Runner - Ridley Scott
  • The Matrix - Wachowski Brothers
  • Hamlet - Shakespeare
  • The Road - Corman McCarthy
  • Genesis - Bernard Beckett
  • Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

Power & Control

- There's a German film, "The Lives of Others" - has subtitles but is very

good. About the Stasi in East Germany.

- "Valkyrie" about the attempted assassination of Adolf Hitler in July

1944.

- The poem "Green Beret" by Vietnamese poet Ho Thien.

- Graphic novel and film version of V for Vendetta,

- Novel When she Woke

- Short stories Harrison Bergeron

- Examination Day.

- We used The Book Thief with this theme, focusing largely on the power of language/words. Worked well with mixed ability class.

- The Matrix

- A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

- The Handmaid's Tale? A slightly different form of control - A Clockwork Orange (Burgess's novel rather than the film).

- Othello a different type of control

- Macbeth for political control.

- My Last Duchess

- The Constant Gardener and with a slightly different slant to that theme

- Atonement

- The Kite Runner

- The Island

- Stepford Wives

- Blade Runner

- Lord of the Flies

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- Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

- Gattaca

- The Last King of Scotland

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- The Laboratory