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Film A Level Study Session: Rocketman

Recommended for A Level and equivalent level Film Studies
This year in response to the pandemic our study sessions are taking place online. You will need to register your school with Into Film in order to be able to watch the film in advance of the study session. Being an Into Film club member will also bring other benefits such as access to many films and free online resources.

A week before the online workshop you will receive a pre-screening resource via email created by our tutor and will have received a DVD of the film from Into Film.

HOME’s Schools & Colleges Film Studies session is supported by Into Film

A Level Film Studies Session

Online workshop: Tue 11 May 2021, 14:00 – 15:15
Pre-screening resource email: Arriving on Tue 4 May
DVD from Into Film: Arriving before Tue 4 May 2021
Booking deadline: Tue 27 April 2021

Pre-screening resource: Dr Kirsty Fairclough’s pre-screening resource will be a narrated PowerPoint which will introduce the context and themes of the film.

Film: Rocketman (15)
Dir Dexter Fletcher/ UK 2019
121 minutes / English
Taron Egerton / Bryce Dallas Howard / Jamie Bell
This fantastical biopic on the life of flamboyant and charismatic musician Elton John follows his journey from humble beginnings living in a Middlesex council home with his parents to his growing passion for music as a young and very talented pianist, leading to his big breakthrough in America. However, the film does not shy away from depicting the singer-songwriter’s public struggles with alcohol, drugs and other addictions, while also touching on the impact of an LGBT pop star reaching fans across the world during a more conservative time. Of course, the film also includes a series of performances of Elton John’s hits performed brilliantly by Taron Egerton with all the stagecraft and vibrant costumes the star is known for.

Online workshop:
This workshop will be led by  Dr Kirsty Fairclough, Reader in Screen Studies, Research and Knowledge Exchange Lead at the School of Digital Arts, Manchester Metropolitan University. Over the last 20 years, popular music has featured more prominently in cinema in the form of music biopics that dramatise the lives and careers of popular musicians across the musical spectrum: from rock and pop to country folk, blues, soul or R and B. This session will explore the genre of the music biopic and reflect on issues of connecting the past and present, merging truth and falsity, to create multilayered narratives on past events and individual lives.