As part of Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film, BFI Education presents 13 by 13 – that’s 13 specially selected gothic films to see by the age of 13. The gothic already casts a powerful spell on this transformative age, making it an excellent form to introduce younger audiences to less familiar material while allowing them to explore their own fears and desires.
From captivating animation to classic international cinema to a freshly-restored silent treasure from the BFI National Archive, our rich and rewarding collection of Gothic titles is guaranteed to offer something for everyone. Each title is intended to explore, challenge and build on young people’s understanding of the Gothic tradition (especially those who might already be fans of Twilight or Harry Potter), as well as to encourage a broader engagement with the breadth and diversity of 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.