#SparkTheChange: WHS Students and Staff Pick Their Life Changing Films
News Crew decided to continue with our #SparkTheChange series by asking the Wycombe High School community films that have impacted their lives.
Films are such a big part of our culture and have impacted so many lives for the better, with their ability to make people laugh, cry and think. Therefore, News Crew have asked staff and students alike which films have impacted them the most.
Alice, Year 10: The Greatest Showman
Penniless but ambitious and imaginative, P. T. Barnum, sets out to recruit the unique and extraordinary to perform in a live-action, thrilling circus. Though loved by many, his acts are often called freaks and victimised for their differences. When P. T. Barnum received a safer, more socially acceptable offer, to manage singer Jenny Lind, will he take it and leave everything he loves behind?
“It taught me to just be myself and that you don’t have to be what society says is ‘normal’ just to be part of something special.”
Maya Dudko, Year 7: Beauty and the Beast
A curse is put on a Prince and his servants by an enchantress, turning the Prince into a Beast, in which form he will remain until he can learn to love and be loved in return. When Belle is locked in the castle after trying to save her father, she begins to melt the Beast's cold heart and draw him out of isolation in a romantic, beautiful way.
“It was a very touching and beautiful film, that moved me when I watched it. It taught me not to judge people by their appearance.”
Anonymous, Year 9: WALL-E
The film follows a robot named WALL-E, whose is the last robot left on Earth. However, the Earth is unrecognizable, as it covered with rubbish and unlivable, so all humans are living in a massive space resort. WALL-E's job on Earth is to clean up all the mess, bit by bit. However, when fellow robot, EVE, is sent from the space resort, WALL-E's life takes a dramatic turn.
“WALL-E is such a great film, as it is a way to get an important message across to people of all generations. It is a real eye-opening movie and relevant to modern day as it shows us what will happen in future if we don’t start taking climate change more seriously. Would definitely recommend everybody watching!”
Hannah Cole, Year 10: Green Book
World-class African-American pianist is in need of a driver and bodyguard for his upcoming tour. He recruits bouncer Tony Lip from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. The two men develop an unexpected and beautiful bond on their journey, despite their differences, and have to deal with the racism and potential dangers due to segregation.
“It teaches you about equality and about racism in 1960s America.”
Mr Martineau, Staff: Citizen Kane
When millionaire newspaper magnate, Charles Foster Kane, dies, a reporter is set to uncover the meaning behind his final word: 'Rosebud'. The reporter tracks down people who worked and lived with Kane, as parts of his life on the way to riches and success are revealed.
“It has a terrific twist at the end, which made me consider the soul of capitalism.”
Arianna Johnson, Year 8: Queen of Katwe
10-year-old Ugandan girl, Phiona, grew up in the slum of Katwe with her family. One day, her world changes as she meets missionary Robert Katende, who teaches children to play chess. Phiona become fascinated and intrigued with the game, and quickly starts playing in local competitions, becoming a top player. Her success in these local competitions gives her a golden ticket to escape her life of poverty.
“This movie really makes you think and realise how lucky you are and makes you determined to work hard for your dreams.”
Anonymous, Year 10: Me Before You
When young, quirky Louisa Clark gets a new job, her cheerful attitude is put to the test. Tasked with being a carer to Will Traynor, a cynical man, paralysed from an accident two years prior, Lou begins to change his outlook on the world, showing him that life is worth living.
“It taught me that you have to make sacrifices in life and sometimes it is more important to put people you love before yourself.”
Katya Chan, Year 11: A Perfect World
After escaping from jail, Butch kidnaps Philip, a young, impressionable boy. Surprisingly, a strong bond grows between the two, with Butch giving Philip the freedom he wasn’t previously given by his family. Despite this heart-warming connection, they are still being chased by the law, headed by honourable Texas Ranger, Red Garnett.
“I love this film! It has a unique storyline and is a sweet movie.”
Anonymous, Year 11: Hunger Games
Set in the dystopian future, two people from each district are randomly selected to take part in a fight to the death, where the last person alive wins. When Katniss Everdeen volunteers for the games in place of her younger sister, Prim, her survival skills are out to the test as she fights for survival and justice.
“It taught me to stand up for what I know is right and not settle for anything less than what I believe in. Definitely my favourite films!”
Lily Birch, Year 12: Mudbound
In a world of social hierarchy and discrimination, two families are bound together by the farmland they share. When Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson return home from fighting in World War 2, they form a fast but uneasy friendship, challenging the prejudice and brutal realities of everyday life and the effects of the war.
“The way it balances the presentation of the potential humans have to be barbarically cruel to each other while also showing how our differences are almost always merely superficial had a big impact on me.”
Paige Cawley, Year 10, Curie 6, News Crew