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Short films for the study of primary English

Apple - iPad Air - TV Ad - Your Verse - YouTube. A powerful persuasive text, quoting Dead Poets Society and Walt Whitman. Ask your students about the emotive elements of this text.

Mapping social cohesion report video. This is a beautifully produced informative film. Great when studying how information can be conveyed. Interesting use of statistics, narration and images.

Quick links - Monash University

JOURNEY by Aaron Becker (official trailer). A young girl draws a door on her bedroom wall and enters a world full of wonder and enchantment....


▶ Big History Project: A Story for Everyone Another beautifully constructed persuasive text. Take note of the modality at the end of the clip.

View this beautiful animation it is wonderful persuasive text. It contains English concepts, such as characterisation, multimodality and persuasion. John Lewis Christmas Advert 2013 - The Bear & The Hare - YouTube

Part 2 of the School Of The Air series. Make sure you view part 1.

View the first part of this story. A good text for use when teaching EN3-8D.

Edith's Lyrebird - study this text with the companion book by Jackie Kerin 'Lyrebird'. Good for teaching about the devices a composer uses to engage an audience.

A good film for Year 6. Unpack the language, visuals and structure of this film to discover the persuasive purpose.

Apple - iOS - Videos

PONG - Upcoming Ping Pong Pros Documentary

This text is cross platform as the app can make a new reading and viewing experience. Watch out for The Wizard of Oz intertexutal connections when the house gets blown away in the storm.

HANDA'S SURPRISE - Picture Book- Animation, via YouTube.

This short animation of Rosie's walk could be used as a comparison to the text. It is a nice way to get the students thinking about how audio can add to the feel and meaning of a text.

Shaun Tan invites you into his studio. Appropriate for S3

  • Anneliese Johnson

    Fabulous. I love the message that creativity thrives when one doesn't have fear of quality or judgement.

This Christmas advertising campaign is a beautiful short film. The film shows the passing of time, with an unexpected twist at the end.

The series 2 trailer for My Place, is a good place to start teaching film.