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Primary school events

Lights, Camera, Explosion! A History of Film event for KS2

Tue 26 Jun 2018 10:30 – 15:00
NFT2, BFI Southbank

Lights, Camera, Explosion! A History of Film event for KS2

This event is intended for teachers and students only.

This event is designed to take upper KS2 pupils back in time to the dawn of film and cinema, with a few explosions and train crashes thrown in! We will travel back to examine early filming devices and find out how Georges Méliès and his contemporaries pioneered the development of the film industry. We will discover how music and Technicolor were introduced into film, watching clips from Trip to the Moon and Singin’ in the Rain, and then dive head first into the world of stunts and special effects. Through interactive activities, pupils will consider how film developed from zoetropes and cinematographs to telling exciting stories in full scale blockbusters on the big screen. In the afternoon we will take a glimpse into 1930s Paris watching Martin Scorsese’s Hugo (2011).

Hugo follows the story of Hugo Cabret who lives in the walls of a railway station. He goes on a journey to unravel the mystery of an automaton, left with him by his late father. Pupils will recognise many aspects of early film that we will have explored in the morning’s activities, bringing the history to life.

Suitable for KS2 cross-curricular and Gifted & Talented pupils

£6 per pupil; £1 per adult accompanying every 5 pupils; for any additional adult the pupil rate applies. £40 for teachers attending without pupils.

Please note that schools should provide their own packed lunches.

  • ‘I loved that the children saw a silent movie! I doubt they’ve seen one before.’
    Teacher, Lark Hall Primary School

    ‘Helpful to see behind the scenes and explore the filmmaking process from films past and present’
    Teacher, Castleview School

How to Book

First phone to check availability. Call 020 7815 1329 Monday-Friday 10:00 – 18:00. Then either book by phone using credit/debit cards only OR book by post by downloading the booking form and sending it with a cheque made payable to ‘British Film Institute’ or card details to: School Bookings, BFI Education, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XT.

Booking form

Please refer to our frequently asked questions before contacting our Education team, as these may help answer your queries.


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