Can you name some more films which are in the cinemas with Hums link?

They are everywhere: films with a Humanities link! Whilst I was looking for films to go to over the Easter holidays I spotted these, all of which are 12A rating:

The Monuments Men – George Clooney’s men-on-a-mission movie is loosely based on the true story of seven museum directors, curators and art historians whose task, during the closing stages of the Second World War, is to save artworks stolen by the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. Unsurprisingly, things don’t go as smoothly as planned, as the team find themselves constantly evading the German army.


The Past – Asghar Farhadi follows up his Oscar success A Separation with a more expansive account of family turmoil. Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) arrives from Iran to finalise his divorce with his wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo, Best Actress winner at Cannes 2013), only to find her in a relationship with Samir (Tahar Rahim). From here Farhadi weaves a complex, intelligent drama, aided in no small part by an excellent cast.


Noah – The first in a series of mainstream biblical epics to hit our screens over the coming months – and the mother of all disaster stories – is Darren Aronofsky’s account of the heavenly tsunami that wiped out all life save for the occupants of Noah’s ark. Russell Crowe heads up an impressive cast as the man informed by God that humanity’s sinfulness will result in a great flood and places upon him the responsibility of preserving two of every species



Aussie builders surprise the public

This is an interesting advert for the chocolate bar Snickers which has been broadcast in Australia:

In the advert they mention misogyny – a misogynist is someone who dislikes, despises, or is strongly prejudiced against women.

Maybe it wasn’t “fleas on rats”

Everyone learns at school that it was the ‘fleas on rats’ which spread the Black Death (bubonic plague) in the mid 14th century. Will teachers be having to rewrite their lessons and power points with the latest findings from research on skeletons dug out in central London?

The Guardian reports before a TV programme investigates the claim that the black death was spread by coughs and breathe NOT fleas on rats

So maybe we’ll no longer be able to enjoy that classy History song anymore!

Looking too much like a boy to be accepted at a Christian School

This story is about a girl in the USA who has short hair and wears jeans to school. Apparently her school think she looks too much like a boy and wrote her grandparents a letter saying the school isn’t suitable for a girl who thinks she’s a boy.

Almost impossible to believe this happening, but read the article and find out more

Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013

It finally become law today and has not just changed what marriage means in the UK but also meant our GCSE students have to change some of their answers in this May’s exam!

The Independent looks at what Christian Churches make of the law change

The Daily Mail looks at the story on a more personal level – with specific stories of gay marriages


Stations of the Cross March/ April 2014

Antony Micallef's Kill Your Idol At St Marylebone Church

Art Below presents an exhibition of 20 artists representations of the Passion of Christ in London’s St.Marylebone’s Parish Church for 40 days, in support of the Missing Tom Fund.

The works are also be on display to the public on billboard space across major
London Underground Stations.

6th March – 17th April 2014
St. Marylebone Parish Church Marylebone Road
London, NW1 5LT

An article with pictures of the art work showing on Stations of the Cross