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    Students Gather at King's for Special Focus on German Film

    Students Gather at King's for Special Focus on German Film

    German A Level students from schools across Cheshire and Manchester joined King’s School linguists for a special workshop on contemporary German film. Organised by King’s Head of German and former ‘German Teacher of the Year’ Jessica Houghton, the workshop was led by Edge Hill University’s distinguished Professor of Film Owen Evans.


    Prof Evans discussed two seminal German films ‘Goodbye to Lenin’ and ‘The Lives of Others’ before asking students to dissect and analyse segments that examine the legacy of the German Democratic Republic. He said: “I think it is fair to say that Germany has become the Liberal Leader of Europe and its film industry reflects key pan-European themes such as the rise in populism as a reaction to multiculturalism and cross-continental migration.”


    The workshop saw pupils from Wilmslow High School, Manchester Grammar School and Tytherington High School alongside King’s pupils learning from the distinguished Professor Evans. He added: “My session is designed to bridge the gap between Sixth Form study and degree-level work, which has changed significantly in the last 20 years. When I was a student it very much a literary based programme of work in which we studied set texts to develop our language skills. Now students study film, politics, history, art, culture as well as literature giving a more rounded and rich insight into contemporary German values.”


    He added “As far as German film is concerned, we don’t just concern ourselves with work of the masters such as Fassbinder, Herzog and Lang but look at the great wave of modern film makers making ground-breaking work in Germany.”


    Currently 35 King’s students are taking GCSE German and seven are sitting A Level German later this year. Jessica Houghton said: “King’s is bucking the demoralising national trend of a decline in modern foreign language learning by offering an exciting and eclectic curriculum which fully prepares students for the challenges of today’s universities.”


    “We are delighted we could share Professor Evans’ insights with so many students from sister schools and broaden their horizons by revealing just a little of some of the innovative cinematic work now taking place in Germany.”


    Pictured are Mrs Jessica Houghton (left), James Nichols, from King’s, Amelia Budd, from Wilmslow High School, James Dickenson, from Manchester Grammar School, Alex Stokoe, from Tytherington High School and Professor Owen Evans. 

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