Educational Resources - British Council Film
About the films
Watch the films here:
Five short films from BFI Flare, the British Film Institute’s Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Film Festival, will for the first time be
available to audiences around the world through BFI player.
An Afternoon (En
BFI Flare runs from 19–29 March 2015 at venues across London. On
Wednesday 25 March, FiveFilms4Freedom will become a 24-hour
campaign asking people everywhere to watch a film together.
Some prompts for
What do you think about the films?
Do the young people in the films seem
different to young people in your country?
Writer Tomas Lagermand Lundme, Søren Green
How would you define diversity?
Cinematographer Jonas Berlin
What value does diversity bring to society?
Mathias and Frederick hang out after school. But
does Mathias have the courage to tell his friend
how he really feels?
Who is responsible for creating a climate for
students – like those in the films – to feel
confident in themselves?
Why are diversity issues hard to talk about?
Director Søren Green, Denmark 2015, 9 mins
FiveFilms seeks to connect people through culture, raise awareness of
human rights and share the UK’s story on human rights.
This resource for schools, aimed at pupils ages 14+, uses two of the films
to stimulate student discussion (NB in some countries you may prefer to
use this material with older students)
Director, Nisha Ganatra, USA 2014, 16 mins
Share and exchange opinions with pupils from
your partner school.
Frankie masquerades as a boy in futuristic
cyberspace to get the girl of her dreams – but
can she do the same in real life?
Nish Ganatra’s Code Academy
An Afternoon director, Soren Green
Document Title – Subtitle 2
The UK is generally a welcoming and friendly
place for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
How many people identify
as lesbian, gay, bisexual?
Are schools safe places for
young LGBT young people?
In the UK it is illegal to discriminate against
someone because of their sexual orientation or
sex, and many international LGBT students study
in the UK on the understanding that their rights
will be respected and that they can live life as
The Integrated Household Survey, produced by
the Office of National Statistics in the UK, gives
the following figures for the period April 2011 to
In the UK, the Equality Act 2010 places a legal
duty on all public bodies, including local
authorities and schools, to take steps to
eradicate discrimination, advance equality and
foster good relations. They have to take a
proactive role in tackling homophobic bullying
and protect those who might be experiencing it.
Follow the link to read about student societies,
campaigns and support for LGBT students:
What is sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation is the overall term that is used
to describe people’s physical and/or romantic
attractions to other people. The most common
labels are heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.
Heterosexual (or straight) refers to a person
who is attracted to and falls in love with
someone of another gender.
Homosexual (or gay man or lesbian woman)
refers to a person who is attracted to and
falls in love with someone of the same
Bisexual refers to a person who is attracted
to and falls in love with someone of another
or the same gender.
What is gender identity?
Gender identity refers to the internal sense that
people have that they are female, male, or some
variation of these. For many people biological
sex (which is based chromosomes and sexual
anatomy) and gender identity are the same. For
others, however, they may be different. The term
transgender refers to individuals whose internal
feelings of being male or female differ from the
sexual anatomy they were born with.
Transgender people may be heterosexual,
homosexual, or bisexual.
1.5 per cent of the surveyed UK population,
approximately 545,000 adults, identified
themselves as Gay or Lesbian.
0.4 per cent of the surveyed UK population,
approximately 220,000 adults, identified
themselves as Bisexual.
1.3 per cent identified themselves as “Other”.
3.6 per cent of adults stated “Don’t know” or
refused to answer the question.
0.2 per cent of respondents provided “No
response” to the question.
2.7 per cent of 16 to 24-year-old young
people in the UK identified themselves as
Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual compared with 0.4
per cent of 65-year- old and over people
In spite of this most students still hear
homophobic remarks and report feeling unsafe
at some point, and many are still victims of
physical harassment and assault
Soreen Green’s An Afternoon
Are LGBT people coming
out at younger ages?
The average age at which young people “come
out” as lesbian, gay or bisexual is 15 in the UK.
For some, coming out can happen much earlier,
and it is not uncommon for trans young people
beginto talk about their identities at a much
Is there an increase of
public acceptance of LGBT
There is certainly more discussion of sexual
orientation in today’s popular culture and media
than ever before, and surveys suggest that there
is a corresponding greater acceptance of
homosexuality among the public.
Despite increasingly liberal views about
homosexuality, a substantial minority, almost
three in ten, continue to see it as always or
mostly wrong. These views are not randomly
distributed throughout the population, there are
marked generational gaps and differences
between the views of different religious groups.