Gothic in the classroom

We present 13 specially selected gothic films to see by the age of 13.

As part of Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, we present 13 by 13 – that’s 13 specially selected gothic films to see by the age of 13.

The gothic casts a powerful spell on people at this transformative age, making it an excellent theme for introducing younger audiences to less familiar material and to explore representations of their own fears and desires.

From captivating animation and classic international cinema to a freshly-restored silent treasure from the BFI National Archive, our rich collection of gothic titles offers something for everyone. Each title is intended to challenge and build on young people’s – especially those who are already fans of Twilight and Harry Potter – understanding of the gothic tradition, and to encourage a broader engagement with the art of film.

To accompany our 13 titles, a spellbinding collection of resources and lesson ideas has been created by teachers for a range of subject areas – from science, art and design to English and drama. These resources are intended to enchant and enthral young people of all ages, but especially those at the magical age of 13.

Download the PDFs on each page to see how you can start using the films in the classroom. These lesson ideas are also available on our BFI Education profile page on TES Connect.


What’s more, as part of our 13 by 13 gothic campaign, BFI Education will be offering teachers some scarily good bargains on a spine-chilling selection of gothic DVDs and publications. More details very soon!

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    A celebration of gothic film and TV across the UK.

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