Films for everyone

Suitable for:11 to 16, 16+

There’s nothing quite like getting absorbed in a movie. But are you getting the most out of your experience?

Be a critic

A great way to really engage with a film is to write about it. Next time you see a film, try writing a review. Think about different elements of it: acting, directing, photography etc. What did you like? What didn’t you like?

Think about the bigger picture too, for example: What kind of film is it? What are its themes? How does it compare with others in the same genre? How does it reflect the time and the place it was made in?

Your reviews could be in the form of a blog, a notebook or a film journal, like a diary. Check out this site for tips on how to write film reviews.

Top tip No. 1

We can't go out to the cinema right now, but we can recreate the feeling at home with our family. Set the mood by dimming the lights and don't forget the popcorn!

As soon as the film has finished, write down as much as you can while it’s still fresh in your mind. Some professional film critics make notes during the film but this is a tough skill to learn!

Top tip No. 2

Read the work of some pro movie critics for inspiration. Ali Plumb reviews movies for Radio 1. His podcasts are available to download here. 

The Showroom Cinema
The Showroom Cinema

Films also get made in Sheffield – even Hollywood ones. Take a look at ‘Your city is a film set’ for another film-based adventure.

There are opportunities for young people to get involved in film making in Sheffield. Check out the BFI Film Academy for hands-on help with all aspects of filmmaking and insights into the film industry. And take a look at the courses available at The Sheffield College and Sheffield Hallam University.