The Dinard British Film Festival will take place from 28 September to 2 October. But put your requests in now for the schools festival from 19 to 27 September!
The schools festival gives class groups a chance to see some recent British film productions suited to their age groups, and some great teaching themes.
The collège selection has two films adapted from literary classics, Alice Through the Looking Glass and Pan. Two films look at issues in recent history: Suffragette (women's fight for the vote in Britain a century ago) and Brooklyn (emigration from Ireland in the 1950s). Both focus on female characters. Finally, Dough, starring Jonathan Pryce, explores lots of contemporary themes pupils will identify with – an old Jewish baker in the East End of London struggles to survive in competition with a supermarket. He reluctantly takes on as an apprentice a young Muslim immigrant from Darfur.
The lycée selection also includes Brooklyn, Alice, Suffragette and Dough. It continues the London East End theme with Legend – about real-life gangsters the Kray Twins in the 1960s. Both twins are played by Tom Hardy. Finally, Kill Your Friends is a satire about the cut-throat world of the British music industry in the late 1990s when Britpop was at the height of its success with Blur, Oasis and Radiohead.
Many of these films, as well as other successes from the last year, such as The Lady in the Van, have free public screenings in the run up to the festival itself.
Dinard British Film Festival
28 September to 2 October
> Suffragettes on Screen
> Maggie Smith: The Lady in the Van