Creativity is GREAT - Part 1

From Wallace and Gromit to Ewan McGregor, Britain's cinema is great. Richard visits the London Film Museum and finds out about the facilities for making film in the UK.

Transcript

Britain is a creative nation ... Art, music, gaming and film-making – you’ll find it all here.

But why is it that Great Britain has more creative people, per head of population, than anywhere else in the world?

Let’s find out …

This is the London Film Museum. Here you’ll find original costumes and props from some of the world’s greatest films.

This museum has it all. Iconic monsters, robots, fantasy and so much more...

Ahhh - one of my boyhood heroes, Batman.

Jonathan Sands founded and created the museum, and over half of the collection is from his own private archive.

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Richard: Jonathan, I'm a huge fan of movies so I'm very excited to be here. What's the idea behind the London Film Museum?

Jonathan: The Film Museum primarily promotes the British film industry through a number of mediums, including original artefacts and costumes and sets. A lot of our friends, who we've accumulated over the years, have donated material to the museum and it is the only film museum like it in the UK.

Richard: And how did it come about?

Jonathan: Well, it came about because originally we ourselves are from the film industry. We owned a prop company, a prop being an artefact or an item that is used on the film, many of which you'll see here.

Richard: Why do you think it is that Britain leads the world when it comes to film-making?

Jonathan: I think primarily for two reasons. One, we have fantastic facilities, like the Pinewoods, Sheppertons and soon to be the Leavesdens, and we also have the best and the most creative talent, whether it's in front of camera or behind the camera, really.

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From creativity on the small screen to creativity on the big stage … the UK has a thriving theatrical tradition. London’s West End is the largest theatrical district in the world.

And it’s not only happening in London. Great Britain hosts one of the world’s largest cultural events – this is the Edinburgh Festival. The Festival takes place each year in August and attracts acts and visitors from around the world.

Task 1

Which of these things do you see in the London Film Museum?

Exercise

Task 2

Watch the video again, and select the best answer.

Exercise

Task 3

Can you make sentences from the video using these words?

Exercise

Task 4

Can you complete these sentences with the right words? Use of with which, whose or whom.

Exercise

Discussion

Language level

Advanced: C1
Upper intermediate: B2
I really like different genres of movies and recently I started to watch very often different movies. My favorite movie is "a meter away from each other".I know enough about British movie stars, and remember the three Directors. My favorite British movie stars are Hugh Laurie, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Daniel Radcliffe and Robert Pattinson
I don't think I have a favourite movie of all times. But, I do enjoy watching films, even though, I prefer series. In that matter, I may say that my favourite ones are British, such as "Outlander" or "Peaky Blinders". I think there's something eye-catching about films or series shooted in the UK, it may be the landscapes or the talent for storytelling, who knows?
I love watching movies. I have a very busy routine, so I can't always watch a movie, but I try to do it at least once a week. My favourite movie of all time is The Sound of Music. I love Musicals in General, but this one brings me so much joy and happiness. I also like Mary Poppins a lot. I love movies, but I'm terrible at remembering names so I can't really think of many british actors and directors. I know Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Emma Watson (and the rest of the Harry Potter cast), Anne Hathaway, Julie Andrews, Hugh Grant... and I think that's it. I absolutely LOVE Anne Hathaway, I think she's very talented. I think Maggie Smith and Julie Andrews are amazing too.
Hello again! One more question please: Approximately at 1:40 Johnatan says "A lot of our friends, who we've accumulated over the years...". Is the word "who" appropriate here? Why not "whom"?

Hello Yshc,

The form whom is much less common in modern English than it used to be and is slowly disappearing. Grammatically, whom is possible in this sentence but it would be quite unusual in normal speech.

Who is preferred in almost all contexts nowadays. The only sentences in which whom is required and who cannot be used is when the word follows a preposition, so we always say to whom, for whom and so on.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello, team! Could you explain this discrepency; In the transcript we have: "we have over half of the collection is from his own private archive." In exercise 3, question 2 we have nearly the same, but without "of". Is it a mistake? Or maybe both options are possible - "half of the collection" and "half the collection"?

Hello Yshc,

The of here is optional and there is no difference in meaning between half the collection and half of the collection. In the recording of is used.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Many of my favourite British films stars is nearly from Harry Potter. Especially, Emma Waston is one of my biggest idol, she is intelligent, lovely, kind and so on.
I often watch the movies when i felt bored. It's my best way to kill time. My favourite films are sherlock holmes and james bond. Very greatful when i watched it.
Hi everyone.. ☆ How often do you watch movies? ☆ How many Brithis film stars and directors can you think of? ☆ Which are your favourite? =================== I'm not a huge fan of movies. I wouldn't like to stay along in front of TV. I'd just like to watch movies if I have a good mood. I'd choose action movie. However, It doesn't mean I love violence. I didn't know where the film stars who I watched from? So, I can't tell you that. I don't care where they come from. But if you asked me about my favourite film star, Definitely, I'd say "Jose Mourinho".
I sometimes watch movies.I'd prefer to watch series to movies.They are prone to be more escapist than movies, though.My favourite movies are Godfather and Forest Gump.When it comes to movies I stick to old ones.As the saying goes oldies but goldies! I can think of Liam Neeson, Daniel Craig, Jude Law, Ian McKellen, Jason Statham, Emma Watson, Natalie Dormer, Emilia Clarke so on when it comes to British film starts. I dare say that my favourites are Liam Neeson and Jason Statham.
in the task 4 what is the rule for choosing one of (whom, whose, which and of ) for the given sentences? thank you

Hello nicky62,

The form here is quantifier + of which/whom/whose.

The quantifier tells us an amount or number: some, many, a few, a thousand etc.

We use 'of which' when we are talking about things; 'of whom' when we are talking about people; and 'of whose' when we need a possessive meaning for either people or things.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

@nicky62 Whom should be used to refer to the object of a verb or preposition. When in doubt, try this simple trick: If you can replace the word with “he”' or “'she,” use who. If you can replace it with “him” or “her,” use whom. Who should be used to refer to the subject of a sentence.
hello , I couldn't find the meaning of 2 words from dictionary(sheppertons and leavesadens) would u help me please.

Hello nicky62,

These are the names of studios in the UK where films are made. Since they are proper names, you won't find them in a dictionary but a normal internet search will give you plenty of information on each place.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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