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Documentaries and Feature Films

A selection of documentaries that will create an awareness of the social, cultural and historical contexts that informed the works of some of the greatest writers.

Also two compelling feature films to complement class texts

Documentaries

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Jane Austen Country

When Jane Austen, the daughter of a country clergyman, was born in the picturesque village of Steventon in Hampshire in December 1775, few people could have guessed the impact she would have on the world of literature. This documentary explores the life, the times and the influences that shaped the creative talent of one of the world’s most notable writers.

 

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Bronte Country—The Story of the 3 Famous Sisters

'Bronte Country’ is a term often used to describe the uniquely beautiful corner of England where the great literary sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte lived and drew inspiration for their novels. This documentary uncovers not only the influence of the landscape on these writers but also their personality traits, their perplexing family relationships and the social milieu in which they lived.

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Shakespeare Country

Little factual information is known about the life of William Shakespeare, probably the greatest dramatist the world has ever known, but this film pieces together those known facts and sets out to explore the playwright’s landscapes, origins and influences. It paints a picture that puts the man and the literary giant in a revealing social, historical and personal context.

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C. S. Lewis & The Chronicles of Narnia—The True Story of the Author

When C. S. Lewis, a mild mannered Oxford academic, sat down to write a story for children, not even his closest friend, J. R. R. Tolkien, thought it would be a success. However, when The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe appeared in print, the reading public had other ideas. This film explores the life, the times and the influences of one of the world’s most successful authors.

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J. R. R. Tolkien and the birth of
The Lord of the Rings

This film gives an insight into the man behind the legend of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. It uncovers the places and the people who shaped his unique literary genius. From the rolling English countryside to the sooty streets of industrial Birmingham, the dreaming spires of Oxford to the World War I trenches of the blood soaked Somme; this is the story of the quintessential English college professor who made epic mythology and legend accessible to one and all.

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Real Sherlock Holmes

There are few characters from literature that take on a life of their own, but Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective, is definitely one of them. This documentary has been designed to explore the legend of Sherlock Holmes and take you on a journey of discovery through his life and times and that of his creator.

Feature Films

To Kill a Mockingbird

At long last a digitally remastered version of the Gregory Peck classic adaptation of Harper Lee’s famous novel.

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The Railway Children

The enchanting and lusciously produced rendition of Edith Nesbit’s classic story. Featuring Sir Richard Attenborough, Jenny Agutter, Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War) and Jemima Rooper (Lost in Austen).

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