4 Feb: OBH Film Festival

Saturday evening was film time and – having not been overly keen on watching films with subtitles – the older pupils
watched Pleasantville, an excellent, innovative story in which two modern day teenagers find themselves in a 1950s black- and-white soap. Pleasantville the place is safe, crime-free but dull; the teenagers bring with them colour but also danger and crime. Which is better to live in: a dull, safe world or a colourful but dangerous one?

For younger pupils there was a film adaptation of Holes, in which a boy is wrongly accused of theft and is sent to a work camp. As with Pleasantville, the film deals with serious issues such as racism and the abuse of power. The idea was to offer films which entertain but also demand some thought. Both films came with the requisite popcorn.

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