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‘The King’s Speech’ – the real speeches

Here is The Duke of York’s speech for the closing of the Empire Exhibition in 1925. This is a recording of the speech made by King George VI at the outbreak of the Second World War. He delivered the speech in a living room in Buckingham Palace.


Lenny Abrahamson at Dalkey Book Festival

Dalkey Book Festival 2014 takes place from 19th until 22nd June. There are many literary figures that you may be interested in going to see, such as Joseph O’Connor, Salman Rushdie, John Banville, Apres Match, Sebastian Barry and many, many more. However, the person that is of particular interest to us at the moment is […]


Starting ‘Casablanca’

As we begin our study of Michael Curtiz’s ‘Casablanca’, here is a resource worth looking at. It will give us an idea of what to expect as we explore this text, and may help us to imagine how we will begin to compare it with ‘Sive’. http://www.filmeducation.org/pdf/film/Casablanca_new.pdf  


Link to notes on ‘The Constant Gardener’

Here is a link to some very useful notes on ‘The Constant Gardener’. They will be useful as you start to compare this film with ‘How Many Miles to Babylon?’ and ‘Sive’. http://www.filmeducation.org/pdf/film/Constant%20Gardener.pdf


Films on the Leaving Certificate course

Students sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2013 have the option of studying one of the following films: ‘As You Like It’ (Kenneth Brannagh) ‘Children of Men’ (Alfonso CuarĂ³n) ‘Casablanca’ (Michael Curtiz) ‘The Constant Gardener’ (Fernando Meirelles) ‘I’m Not Scared’ (Gabriele Salvatores) ’32A’ (Marian Quinn) Students sitting the Leaving Cert in June 2014 may choose […]


Films with the theme of racism

If you enjoyed reading ‘Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry’ then you might enjoy watching some of these movies. They all have the theme of racism as one of their central themes. ‘The Color Purple’ (1985) Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg, this film is based on the novel of […]


Famous last lines from the movies

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of ‘Casablanca’, Philip French of The Guardian newspaper wrote about some famous last lines from the movies. Here is his selelction: ‘Casablanca’ (Michael Curtiz, 1942). ‘Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.’ Said by liberal nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to collaborationist Police Chief Louis […]