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Film Bios: ‘M’ rated Movies

Starting in 2015, we will be showing some M-rated films to students. For this we require a new M-Rated Film consent form to be filled out by all parents and for them to read a short bio of each film which has been included below.

All chosen movies have been reviewed by teaching staff and deemed appropriate for use in our program. We will provide adult supervision while screening movies and review movies with students if/as necessary. By law, adult supervision is recommended while screening M-rated movies for any person less than 15 years of age.

  • Into the Wild
  • Freedom Writers
  • White Squall
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • Go Back to Where you Came From
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Castaway
  • Seven Pounds
  • Coach Carter
  • Pursuit of Happyness
  • Tomorrow When the War Began


Into the Wild: (148 mins)
Based on Jon Krakauer’s novel, this film provides a powerful account of one idealistic young man’s epic journey to find truth, beauty and independence. This film often elicits a very divided opinion regarding whether or not the main character is selfish in his motivations or conversely, engaged in a noble and admirable quest for meaning.

Freedom Writers: (123 mins)
A young teacher inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school.

White Squall: (129 mins)
Is about a group of boys who participate in an education program at sea. They learn a lot of lessons about themselves. It’s also about leadership and growing up. It’s based on a true story (the sinking of the Albatross). The blurb reads: “Teenage boys discover discipline and camaraderie on an ill-fated sailing voyage.”

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: (133 mins)
Upon admittance to a mental institution, a brash rebel rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse. “This is a great film for the school. It looks at different styles of leadership, has social issues and heaps more”.

Go Back to where You Came From: (6 episodes @ 60 mins each)
The two-part series followed two parties, each of six Australians, all members having differing opinions on Australia's asylum seeker debate, being taken on a journey in reverse to that which refugees have taken to reach Australia. They use the same form of transport and then spend some time in that country to witness the life that people are fleeing from and build their awareness of the reasons someone would risk their life to escape to Australia.

Good Will Hunting: (126 mins)
Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Castaway: (143 mins)
A man is marooned on an island after his plane crashes into the ocean. Far away from home, his girlfriend, and any human contact, he engages in a battle of wits with himself as he is tested mentally, physically, and emotionally in order to survive.

Seven Pounds: (123 mins)
Haunted by a secret, Ben Thomas looks for redemption by radically transforming the lives of seven people he doesn't know. Once his plan is set, nothing will be able to stop him. At least that's what he thinks. But Ben hadn't planned on falling in love with one of these people and she's the one who will end up transforming him.

Coach Carter: (136 mins)
Controversy surrounds high school basketball coach Ken Carter after he benches his entire team for breaking their academic contract with him. Themes include bullying, social/demographic inequality.

Pursuit of Happyness: (117 mins)
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavour.

Tomorrow When the War Began:(103 mins)
When their country is invaded and their families are taken, eight unlikely high school teenagers band together to fight.


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