Dead Poets' Society Voted Best Ever School Filmby Contributor | 26 November 2008
Dead Poets' Society, the tale of an English class changed irrevocably by an inspirational teacher, has been voted the best film set in a school.
Teachers TV received nearly 2,500 votes from teachers, students and pupils on over 100 movies to compile a list of the top ten school-based films.
And 1989's Dead Poets' Society, directed by Peter Weir and starring Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke, topped the poll.
Northern classic Kes was named in second while School of Rock, Richard Linklater's story of a stuffy prep school enlivened by Jack Black's aspiring musician posing as a substitute teacher, finished third.
Dr Ken Fox, of the department of media at Canterbury Christ Church University, contributed to the Teachers TV programme and argued his favourite school film - Gregory's Girl - should have been placed higher than ninth in the poll.
"It is difficult not to break into a smile every time I think of Gregory's Girl," he said.
"It is such a wonderful, gentle comedy of adolescent manners. What makes the film such a great school movie is that in the best sense Gregory's Girl is less about school as an institution and more about how school is part of the network of contact points for the adolescent hormonal revolution to take place.
"The film is done with such wit and charm that it works like a bittersweet memory of our own secondary school days when unrequited love was the only thing on the curriculum."
Teachers TV's top ten great school movies are:
1 Dead Poets' Society
3 School of Rock
4 The Breakfast Club
5 History Boys
6 To Sir With Love
8 Ferris Bueller's Day Off
9 Gregory's Girl
10 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
The programme is due to be screened on December 9th.