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Living Paintings

Lights! Camera! Action!

Suitable for: Teenagers (Key stage 4), Teachers

This collection is a history of film including the birth of the movies and landmark films. It covers genres of interest to teenagers and young people including horror, sci fi, coming of age films, animation, film noir, World Cinema, British cinema through the decades. And Star Wars, James Bond and Harry Potter are covered in detail. Each genre is broken up into short tracks so the listener can decide which order to enjoy it in. Music soundtracks from the films, clips of dialogue and sound effects help create the movie mood. Famous readers, who have stared in the films they describe, add fascinating snippets of inside information. readers include Derek Jacobi, Emilia Fox, Michael Sheen, Julian Fellowes, Warwick Davis, Tamsin Greig, Maxine Peake and Greg Wise. This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and could be used as as an educational resource in class. Also good for home-schooling, homework-help, project work, independent learning and reading for pleasure.

Listen to an audio clip

Wallace is best known for his love of cheese, especially Wensleydale. In fact it was a shortage of cheese in his fridge which led to their trip to the Moon in a homemade rocket in the very first short film, A Grand Day Out. Wallace is a "salt of the earth" northern lad who often wears a white shirt, brown wool trousers, a green knitted pullover and a red tie. It's the thought of Lancashire hotpot that keeps him going in a crisis and he relaxes by reading "Ay-up" magazine. He's had several jobs as a window cleaner in A Close Shave, a humane pest controller in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, and a baker in A Matter of Loaf and Death but his first love is gadgets and he's always inventing contraptions such as the one that gets him out of bed in the morning and makes him breakfast!

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An Activity Pack, with contents list, suggestions for fun things to do and more.
  • A picture scrapbook.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Sallie Gardner at a Gallop by Eadweard Muybridge
Le Voyage Dans la Lune by Georges Méliés
Safety Last! by Harold Lloyd
A scene from Jaws by Steven Spielberg
Romeo + Juliet by Baz Luhrman
A scene from Star Wars IV by George Lucas
Wallace and Gromit in The Wrong Trousers by Nick Park
Cary Grant in a scene from North by Northwest by Alfred Hitchcock
Two James Bond Cars – Sean Connery with the Aston Martin DB5 and Lotus Esprit S1
Dumbledore, Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort from the Harry Potter films
Hagrid, Dobby, Golden Snitch and broomstick from the Harry Potter films

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