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Shakespeare on film

Introduction

The 2010 GCSE English Literature specifications require students to experience a performance of a Shakespeare play alongside close study of the text. The accessibility of film makes this a popular choice for many teachers. Consequently, an appreciation of how filmmakers approach Shakespeare’s plays has become particularly relevant for teachers of English for whom it may previously have been regarded as an additional extra.Still from As You Like It, a man stands in the snow in front of a stately home

This topic-based resource aims to introduce teachers and students to a range of themes and concepts that underpin an appreciation of how and why filmmakers revisit Shakespeare with such apparent regularity. It is designed to complement Film Education’s new DVD resources for KS3 and KS4 Filming Shakespeare.