Leicester’s Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre is giving schools and colleges the chance to visit for free throughout the year.
In March alone, more than 600 free cinema tickets will be available for schools and colleges for their pupils to watch Brave (PG) and Ex Machina (15) on Thursday 8th March, and Tarzan (U) on Thursday 15th March.
To celebrate the role of women in animation, the screenings of Brave and Ex Machina are in partnership with Into Film (intofilm.org) – the UK’s largest youth-focused film festival. The festival includes over 130 free film screenings in cinemas across the UK with the aim of putting film at the heart of young people’s education.
Tarzan swings onto the big screen on Thursday 15th March as part of the Wilderness Film Festival, which aims to explore the relationship between humanity and the environment.
Looking at themes of adventure, conservation and nature, the festival considers the varied definitions of ‘life’ and what it means to live. Taking place from 12 – 18 March, Wilderness has been programmed by second year film studies students from De Montfort University in partnership with Phoenix.
May sees the return of The Spark Festival and a rare chance for Key Stage 4 pupils to see the stylish and hilarious Girl Asleep (12A) – a journey into the heart of the teenage mind – screening on 24th May. The film will be followed by a skype Q&A with the film’s director Rosemary Myers in Australia.
“Last year Phoenix gave over 3,000 children from 36 Leicester schools and colleges the opportunity to enjoy films on the big screen and take part in our digital art programme.
“We believe film has an important role to play in young people’s education, contributing to their cultural, creative and personal development,” said Alexzandra Jackson, Education Manager of Phoenix.
“By 2020, we plan to expand Phoenix – adding two more cinema screens, a larger gallery and further learning facilities. In doing so, we aim to expand our reach and use film and art to inspire and encourage even more young people to learn about themselves, their talents and the world around them.”
More information about Phoenix’s work in education is available at phoenix.org.uk/schools