The View from the Classroom – Gender – What is gender? Is it something people are born with, or something they choose? How does someone’s gender affect their lives and choices? Students from Key Stages 4 and 5 in schools all around the country give us the view from the classroom.
Advice for young people who are thinking about gender identity can be found at the following sites:
First Love – Girl meets boy for their first date. That’s it. Oh, apart from the fact that they both have disabilities. But will it make any difference?
Living With ADHD – Matteo has ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – which means that he’s very active and very excitable (which can be good), but it also means that he finds it hard to concentrate, forgets things easily and has little sense of danger (which can be bad). Matteo’s Mum wants him to take medication which will help him at school, but his Dad is worried that it will affect his chances of becoming a professional rugby player.
Directed by Lucia Clements and made during the BFI Film Academy’s documentary filmmaking residential course run by our friends at VividEcho.
You Can’t Play With Us – Anna plays centre back for Hampstead Women’s Football Club. She’s proved all the boys who said girls can’t play football wrong by winning an international cap, and so – at 18 years old – it’s time to decide whether to pursue a career in professional football.
Directed by Cray Smith and made during the BFI Film Academy’s documentary filmmaking residential course run by our friends at VividEcho.
What Do You Mean I Can’t Change the World? – Jemmar tells the story of how she went from hating how she looked, to a realisation of the injustices that made her feel that way, to proud acceptance of herself as a beautiful, working class, black young woman. She is now an activist, working for social justice and inspiring other young people to campaign for the issues that affect their lives.
Told by Jemmar Samuels
Directed by Adam Tyler
Created in collaboration with the Advocacy Academy
Winner of the Content for Change category at the BAFTA Children’s Awards 2018.
…and Adam Tyler was also nominated in the Director category.
Screwball! – A comedy drama for SRE (or RSE) lessons about Ryan and Natalie – two young people struggling through their first sexual encounter, and having to deal with each other’s expectations, a shiny trumpet and way too many cats. It’s ideal for opening up discussion about consent, peer pressure and the internet’s influence on relationships.
A film by Adam Tyler.
Adam Tyler (who wrote and directed the film) won the Writer category of the BAFTA Children’s Awards 2017.
Alhaji Fofana (Ryan) won the Performer category at the BAFTA Children’s Awards 2017
Savannah Baker (Natalie) was also nominated in the Performer category.
Winner of the Educational Film Award at the Learning on Screen Awards 2018
Winner of the Children’s Award at the Sandford St Martin Trust Awards 2018
The Perfect Body – Sam’s life is turned upside down when he falls for the new girl at school. Convinced that she’ll never notice him unless he has the perfect body, he hires a personal trainer. A short comedy drama about love, muscles and a lot of eating.
Gains and Losses – What does it feel like to suffer from anorexia? Written and narrated by young people who have suffered with the eating disorder, this animation describes how it takes hold, how it feels, and how to fight back.
Courtesy of Biomation.
Jennifer was born a boy and knew from a young age that she was in the wrong body. She explains how her childhood was influenced by her gender-confusion and how she feels now she has begun surgery.
What does it mean to be a real man?