WHGS Film Club Attend Screening of ‘Lion’ at The Savoy Cinema, Stockport
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Thursday, 27 February 2020
Students from Years 7, 8 and 9 who regularly contribute to WHGS Film Club, were invited to attend a special educational screening of the film Lion at The Savoy Theatre in Heaton Moor on Thursday, 27 February.
Film Club allows students from across the year groups to meet, watch and review a diverse range of content, within an interactive environment that encourages discussion and promotes a sense of unity through a shared appreciation of film. We have previously watched such films as The Truman Show, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Life of Pi, Spirited Away and Hugo.
Our club is delivered every Monday after school, in association with Into Film, a charity that runs film-based educational programmes for children and young people aged 5 to 19. They regularly provide resources and access to events that allow our students to connect with cinema in an inspiring and creative way. As such, we were delighted to be offered the opportunity to participate in this special event.
Lion is an Australian biographical drama, featuring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, that tells the true story of a young Indian boy - Saroo - who is separated from his family at the age of five, adopted by a couple thousands of miles from home, before retracing his steps to be reunited, 25 years later, with his biological mother.
A powerful adaptation of the memoir, A Long Way Home, written by Saroo Brierley, Lion captivated our students and made them think deeply about the reality of life for children living on the inner-city streets of India. An inspiring, heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting story, containing themes of family, loss, courage, identity and belonging, the impact of Lion will remain with our students for a long time to come.
Student Reviews of Lion:
“I loved the movie, it was beautiful and I cried so much…” Sara, Year 8
“The movie was great… [it] was moving and I did cry through it.” Hira, Year 8
Dhanya, Year 7 told us that “Lion is a very dramatic and emotional film. Something I really liked about this film was that it was very realistic” and although she felt certain scenes needed a little more explanation in order to be fully understood, she acknowledged that “as a group, we all really enjoyed this movie!!!”
“When I went to go and see this film in the cinema, I had been warned beforehand by my parents that it was a sad film. However, nothing could have prepared me for this. As an older and younger sister, I understood the emotions that Saroo and his older brother felt. This meant that I was emotionally affected more than others. This film was cleverly crafted and I thought it was amazing. Everyone should watch this film.” Aaliyah, Year 8
Miss C L Daly