Understanding Addiction – The first film in our series of nine is an introduction to the concept of addiction, explaining the science behind it, presenting key words, and featuring select moments from interviews with seven people who have each been exposed to a different type of addiction. This film covers the original reasons why their addictions spiralled, the effects on the individuals and their loved ones, and how recovery saved their lives.
There are three fact sheets and three lesson plans that you can use alongside the nine addiction films, which includes the introduction film, seven interviews (each focused on a different type of addiction) and a law film. Please also read the attached guidance and teacher notes that offer support and resources for young people who may already be experiencing addiction in their lives or homes.
If you are affected by any of the content on screen, or would like to know more, please visit the websites of the various charities and organisations who helped bring these films to life:
Now I Can Breathe – It’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for it. You are not weak. You are strong.
Amina tells the story of how she was sexually harassed over several years by other pupils, and describes the work she is doing now to help teachers put a stop to sexual harassment in their schools.
A film by Adam Tyler
Created in collaboration with the Advocacy Academy
Winner of the Children’s Broadcasting category at the Sandford St Martin Awards 2020.
Winner of the Educational Film Award at the Learning On Screen Awards 2020.
Nominated for the Content for Change Award at the Children’s BAFTAs 2019.
Advice for young people about sexual harassment can be found at the following sites:
…and teachers can find the government’s guidance about sexual harassment in schools here.
Life Growing Up – Part 3: Taking Meds – “You can change your meds and find the ones that work best for you.”
This film, and three more like it, have been created using the true stories of young people with HIV, and performed by actors. What’s it like to find out you have HIV when you are a child? Part 3 – Taking Meds looks at the medical treatment needed, and the side effects that some of the medication can cause. The films aim to raise awareness and understanding of the experiences and needs of young people living with HIV.
Courtesy of the Children’s HIV Association – and follow the link for more help and information.
Me, Myselfie and I – John is falling behind at school, ignoring his mates and neglecting his girlfriend – all because he’s become obsessed with maintaining his online persona. He spends so much time on his phone, he eventually becomes trapped inside it. Literally.
A re-telling of the Greek myth of Narcissus for the social media age.
A film by Alastair Collinson.
Alastair was invited on to The Victoria Derbyshire Show to be part of a panel discussing social media’s impact on young people as a result of the film. Clips were featured on the show and on BBC World News.
An Untold Story – Robyn is a young filmmaker from a small town in Scotland. She is used to telling other people’s stories, but has never put her own on camera. So in this film, she describes how she came to realise that she was gay, the initial shame she felt (and was made to feel) before proudly accepting herself for who she is.
Fine – Joe returns to school after his mother’s funeral, and has to cope with his bereavement surrounded by friends who don’t understand what he’s going through, and teachers who are unsure how to help him.
A film by Emily May Smith.
With thanks to Portsmouth Grammar School.
If someone close to you has died, or if a friend is trying to cope with the death of someone they knew, you can find support and guidance at Child Bereavement UK.
One-to-One – James has been outed at school before he could come out on his own terms, and he’s afraid of what his parents will say when they discover he’s got a boyfriend. With everything getting too much for him, James visits his youthworker to talk it all out, one-to-one.
A short coming-of-age drama by Toby Lloyd and Conor Deedigan.
Nominated for the Teen Award at the Children’s BAFTAs 2019.
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.
I Am Dyslexic – A dyslexic pupil falls into a world made entirely out of books. All alone, he faces the mountain of education.
An award-winning animation by Mads Johan Øgaard and Katie Wyman.