Secondary Schools Programme

We invite teachers to use film within their teaching in a fun and interesting way, opening up new areas for exploration with students.  School screenings and events at the Lexi are responsive to the curriculum, age appropriate and stimulating for pupils.

Subject specific screenings are offered to support different areas of the National Curriculum. In addition to the films offered below, we are happy to discuss and tailor-make other film programmes to suit your educational needs. 

For all screenings there will be an introduction, with some background information and ideas on what to look out for during the film. We will provide resources with follow-up activities for use in the classroom, and some screenings will be followed by a Q & A.

The cinema is available for school activities on Wednesdays from 10-3pm. For these educational visits we are happy for students to bring their own drinks and snacks into the cinema. The cost per student is £3.90 – teachers go free.

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In 2016, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we offer two differing versions of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Using the films we can explore themes, characters and the effect of music and mise-en-scène on the presentation of the story.

West Side Story (PG)

A bold and colourful musical adaptation of the classic love story featuring gang warfare between the Jets and the Sharks, made in 1961.

Romeo and Juliet (12)

The classic story is updated to a modern setting in the suburb of Verona but still retains original dialogue. The film, made in 1996, features early screen appearances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes as Romeo and Juliet. The use of music and fast-paced visuals create a dynamic presentation of themes.

Macbeth (15)

A new version starring Michael Fassbender was released in 2015 to wide critical acclaim. The film is set in Middle-Ages Scotland and brings out some of the plays themes in new and topical ways; Macbeth, a battle-weary general, suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder; the Macbeths’ childlessness haunts the entire film.



These two films offer a great opportunity to deconstruct media representations.

Zootropolis (U) – a study in Disney representation.

This film “could be the most existentially probing family film ever made” (The Telegraph) and provides a fun and stimulating way for students to engage with onscreen representations of gender, age and ethnicity.

Amy (15)

The documentary charting Amy Winehouse’s brief life and rise to fame can facilitate an informed discussion about how representations are constructed in media. The film Amy has itself been criticised for its inclusion of photographs obtained by tabloid paparrazi.

For students studying the music industry, this film provides a fascinating case study.



Why not use a cinema visit to stimulate students’ interest in global economics?

The Big Short (15) made in 2015 is a fascinating pseudo-documentary about the subprime mortgage crisis in the United States. Actors play the part of real individuals involved in betting against the banks. The film provides an understanding of how the global recession came about.

Modern Times (U) – this Charlie Chaplin film made in 1936 combines hilarious silent comedy with a critique of industrialisation and the factory assembly line. Students will delight in Chaplin’s skill as a mime artist and comedian whilst much can be learned from a discussion of the film’s political messages.



We can offer an introduction/post-film discussion of the film’s context with thematic links to the cinema of the relevant country.

French: KS4, AS/A

The Class (12) In this film from 2008 teacher and novelist Francois Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year in the classroom with a group of ethnically mixed students from a tough Parisian neighbourhood. The film provides good discussion points for modern French society and the politics of assimilation.

German: KS4, AS/A

For No Eyes Only (12) In this modern re-telling of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, two students spy on their classmates by hacking their webcams. Events get out of hand in this exciting thriller, when Sam observes his new classmate’s suspicious activities. The film provides an interesting exploration of adolescence and friendship in a German context.

Spanish: A/AS

Pan’s Labyrinth (15) Celebrated director Guillermo del Toro creates a fantasy film set in 1944. The film can enable a discussion of how Spain’s Fascist past has impacted on contemporary Spanish cinema and its themes.


Our schools media programme will be led by Emily Rustin.  Emily has taught Film and Media Studies for 13 years and works as a lecturer at Richmond upon Thames College as well as as an examiner for the Welsh Joint Examining Committee. She founded the Introduction to Film Studies course for the general community at Kensington & Chelsea College. Emily has a BA in Film & Literature and an MPhil in Media & Cultural Studies and has had her academic work published. She grew up in Kilburn and now lives in Kensal Rise with her partner and three children. 



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