INSET: The Representation Of Childhood And Adolescence In French Cinema

Recommended for teachers of GCSE, AS and A2 French.

Capacity: 15 places

This INSET day will focus on the representation of childhood, a central motif

of contemporary French cinema. Isabelle Vanderschelden will examine childhood in various social and cultural contexts which are relevant to the GCSE and A level syllabuses. Themes covered will include personal coming of age, family, young people and society, children and education.

The day will be structured through a series of presentations of films, followed by discussion of specific topics using relevant clips. Opportunity will be given to practise different types of exercises to be used in class.

As the study of film is to become an integral part of the A Level syllabus, Isabelle Vanderschelden will also provide a brief ‘how to read a film’ guide, exploring different filmic approaches through scene analyses. Films used as case studies will include a few classics such as Truffaut’s LES 400 COUPS and L’ARGENT DE POCHE, L’EFFRONTÉE (Miller 1985), AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS (Malle 1988), and also more recent examples which will include BYE BYE (Gilou 1995) MOI CESAR (Berry 2003), ETRE ET AVOIR (Philibert 2002), ENTRE LES MURS (Cantet 2008) and UN SECRET (Miller 2007).

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Led by Isabelle Vanderschelden, Manchester Metropolitan University.