Into Film

Resources to Help with Home Learning

A reminder that Into Film are offering a variety of resources to help with home learning.

Wee Review Competition – Are you aged 5-19? Have you recently watched a film at home? Into Film and Regional Screen Scotland are running a competition to give you the chance to win cinema tickets, Into Film prizes and to have your review displayed on our website for all to see! All you have to do is write a review of the film you saw and have a parent or guardian email a photo of it to us at You can download review writing resources for primary and secondary schools, as well as a template. We also welcome reviews in Gàidhlig!

Free Activities for Young People to do at Home – These downloadable activities will support children, young people and their families to gain a fun, educational benefit from film watching, as well as helping them consider the many varied careers within the film industry.

Review500 – Our Review500 competition gives budding film critics the chance to win Amazon vouchers with winners chosen fortnightly.

Home Learning Films on free-to-stream TV – Key titles which are available to watch on BBC iPlayer and All4 on a daily basis. Each title has associated learning materials attached, in the form of film guides, blogs, interviews and resources for further study.

Book Reviews and Trailers on Film – This resource was produced in partnership with Scottish Book Trust and has been adapted from Your Reading Journey Through Film to support home learning. It will provide the guidance to allow young people aged 7 and over to create filmed responses to books including book reviews and trailers.

Home Learning Hub – Collated resources and also tips for teaching from home.

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Small Screen Machine

Our weekly recommendations of great films on TV

Our Top Pick this week is P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang chosen by Robert, with Shona rounding out our recommendations with four other films.

P’tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982, PG)
Film4, 2am on Monday 25/Tuesday 26 January
This is showing as a tribute to Michael Apted, who died earlier this month, and who had an extraordinarily diverse career, directing everything from Bond to Narnia, but most famous for the 7 Up series that followed a group of people from age 7 to 63. But it’s also a tribute to the great writer Jack Rosenthal, who had a huge talent for stories like these: humane, funny, but with a darker undercurrent and a strong sense of what it is to be a teenager.


As Good as It Gets (1997, 15)
5Star, 9pm on Friday 22 January
Jack Nicholson playing a seemingly grumpy and insulting character? Never! Yes, some may say it has become his trademark but there are other more complex issues at work in his Oscar-winning performance here, including living with obsessive-compulsive disorder. And there’s the brilliance of Helen Hunt who also won an Oscar for her role as Jack’s irritant to begin with, but eventually his salvation. And Hunt makes this movie for me.


Òran na Mara / Song of the Sea (2015, PG)
BBC Alba, 6pm on Saturday 23 January
Screening in Gaelic with English subtitles, save this beautifully animated fairytale for homeschooling time or an afternoon when you need uplifting. Based deep in Irish folklore, you’ll get lost in young Saoirse and Ben’s extraordinary journey featuring selkies, faeries and the friendliest sheepdog. From the makers of The Secret of Kells and the much-anticipated 2020 hit Wolfwalkers.


Steel Magnolias (1989, PG)
5Star, 6.35pm on Saturday 23 January
I hesitate to admit this – I’ve never seen this one. But often that’s always the best moment, just before you’ve seen a good film for the first time. The dazzling line-up of stars is what draws me: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, and I’ll give Tom Skerritt a mention here as he’s a favourite of mine too. So I’ve high hopes for Steel Magnolias. I’m thinking whipsmart lines delivered with Southern drawls and fabulous outfits.


A Man for All Seasons (1966, U)
Sony Movies Classic, 5.30pm on Thursday 28 January
This isn’t the Charlton Heston 1980s version of the 16th century historical play about Sir Thomas More’s final years – this is the original 1966 version directed by Fred Zinneman (From Here to Eternity, Oklahoma!, High Noon). It quite rightly swept the board at the Oscars that year with star turns from Paul Scofield in the title role alongside Wendy Hiller (I Know Where I’m Going!), Orson Welles, Robert Shaw (Jaws), Susannah York, plus a young and villainous John Hurt. Settle down with a fine mead for this one.


We’ll be back with more news next week. Until then, we wish you all a happy Burns Night on Monday, and that you have a great week.