How Aliens Can Help You Pass Your Exams: Attack the Block

Recommended for: A2 Media

Capacity: 158 places

A successful feature at the SxSW festival in Austin, Texas, Attack the Block is an effective case study of contemporary British filmmaking. The film demonstrates the continuing vibrancy and creativity on a shoestring that characterises this cottage industry and the session will consider the importance of its financing model and institutional context, in the light of the recent loss of the UK Film Council. The film’s use of typical narrative and genre styles will be a focus, along with its prospects in the global film market.

Led by Rona Murray, Freelance Film Educator

Screening: Attack the Block 15

Dir Joe Cornish/ GB 2011 / 88 mins

Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. It’s inner city versus outer space.