History Boys Film Report

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On Wednesday 2nd March, the sixth form Octagon members organised a film night in Severn Lodge.

TheHistoryBoys_1The film was “The History Boys”, which was originally a play by Yorkshire-born playwright Alan Bennett. After a world-wide tour including Broadway and the West End, the play returned to England to be made into a film.

The play is set in a Yorkshire Grammar School in 1983, and is about 8 boys whom are applying for Oxbridge to study History. The boys learn many key lessons along the way, including poetry, French language, and singing and of course History. The key themes throughout the film are finding out who you are and the affect of education.

The Octagon thoroughly enjoyed the film and discussed many issues mentioned in it. We examined questions such as:


  • What purpose does education serve?
  • What is the job of a good teacher?
  • What is history?
  • Where can individuals find meaning and significance?
  • And the biggest one of all: What is truth?

Next week we are planning on watching “The Dead Poets Society”, which is another school based film and again poses questions about the nature and validity of education. After watching both films, we will compare them and discuss the issues raised about the education system.

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