As excited as we are about screening Polarised at revelation, I had an equally wonderous experience recently when I screened the film at a local primary school for forty odd year 6/7 students. I was introduced by the teacher, who had seen the film, and thought it would be good to show the kids, some of whom would be dealing with similar issues to our main character Beth. We watched the film together, and then afterwards I took part in a Q and A session with the whole class! I’m pretty sure everybody got to ask a question, and my oh my, what a discerning audience.
As most of our audiences so far have been adult ones, looking back and reminiscing of teenage years long gone, their insights, as coming from not quite children/not quite teenagers themselves, were delightfully refreshing.
Without further adieu, here are a few summaries/reviews from some of the girls in the class.
“Polarised is a short film which evokes all sorts of emotions. It follows Beth, a stubborn 12 year old girl, who, with the help of younger brother Michael, tries to attract the attention of older boy, Ben. The film studies the messed up relationship between brother and sister and the ‘never going to happen’ scenario of a girl’s crush. With scandal, laughs, sighs and a catchy soundtrack that seems to stay in your head for days, Polarised is a must-see film that explores the bitter-sweet feelings of being a young girl who desperately wants to grow up.” – Hannah, 12.
“Polarised is a short film featuring a twelve year old girl, Beth, and the problems of wanting to be something she’s not. She is not a particularly nice character, and she thinks of herself as a ‘mature’ teenager. The film focuses on the people in Beth’s life, i.e., her love-hate relationship with her seven year old brother Michael and her crush on a man, Ben, who’s about 10 years older than her. The film is probably best suited to an audience of 12-14 year olds, because of the topic it covers.” – Holly, 12.
“Local filmmaker Emma Vickery co-produced a short film about a 12 year old girl. The main topic is about relationships and changes. The film is aimed at 11-14 year olds, but I’m sure everyone would enjoy it. The girl in the movie is growing up and facing lots of changes in her emotions and behaviour. She would steal sunglasses just to look cool. I am 11 and I enjoyed the movie. It covers lots of topics in the short 9 minutes it runs for. She is expressing her anger on her 7 year old brother Michael and has a crush on a 22 year old boy who has a girlfriend. She is turning into a teenager but is still very childish. I would definitely recomment it.” Emma, 11.
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