This academic year saw the launch of FILMCLUB across eighteen participating schools in the Isle of Man. Supported by Department of Education and Children, Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX, FILMCLUB is a fun and educational in-school club scheme which seeks to educate, engage and develop schoolchildren through the study and enjoyment of films. From March 5th to Friday 9th March, nine Island schools will play host to FILMCLUB on the Road, a mobile interactive cinema experience.
FILMCLUB on the Road brings together over 1000 young members to watch films such as Time Bandits, ET The Extra Terrestrial, Whistle Down the Wind and Big Fish amongst other amazing films. Children from participating schools will be given the chance to win prizes and, after much healthy debate about the stories, will be given a chance to be film critics for the day when they post a review on the FILMCLUB website!
During the week the youngsters will also enjoy two CLOSE ENCOUNTER sessions with special industry guest Steve Christian, Chairman of CinemaNX. Steve has produced many Manx films including box-office smash TT3D: Closer to the Edge and the Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita.
At the hosting schools FILMCLUB will install a state-of-the-art cinema-sized screen and speaker system, bean bags, popcorn and giant cut-outs of famous filmstars to make the experience unforgettable. Each screening will be followed by an interactive discussion hosted by a FILMCLUB presenter, and a review writing session.
John Gill, Head of Legal and Administrative Support Services at the Department of Education and Children, said:
“I’m delighted that so many schools have got on board with FILMCLUB. It is important that children are given an opportunity to reflect on issues, develop opinions and learn about matters outside of their experience. We look forward to an action-packed week of films and debate about the issues raised.”
Hilary Dugdale, Manager at Isle of Man Film, said: “Isle of Man Film and CinemaNX are very proud to support this scheme. FILMCLUB is valuable as it provides schoolchildren with a fun, social and accessible learning experience, regardless of academic background.”
Children are invited to help decide their own individual film programmes, and to debate/review the films and issues they raise. Schools interested in participating during the next academic year can find out more at www.filmclub.org.