German Film Screenings

On Thursday, 19th October UEA Think German Network had invited KS3 German students from secondary schools in the region to attend our first German film screening event at Cinema City in Norwich: An amazing 100 students and staff came to watch DER GANZ GROSSE TRAUM (2011). The film tells the story of a visionary English teacher (Daniel Brühl, Goodbye Lenin!), who in the late 19th century brings football from England to Germany – against all the odds of a Prussian education system.


Prior to the screening, students and staff enjoyed German-style refreshments with “Berliner” and “Haribo” in the upstairs lobby in Cinema City. The film was shown in German with English subtitles and introduced by UEA’s Dr Mark Vincent from the history department to help the students make sense of the mood in late 19th century Germany and explain references to Bismarck and the Kaiser. The film itself is a real gem as it touches upon so many different themes and concepts: football and the history of football, friendship, dreams and idealism, bullying, foreign language learning, stereotypes.



Once back at their schools, many of the students took part in a post-screening film quiz. The three proud winners were all from Thorpe St Andrew High School and received prizes kindly donated by the Goethe Institute.

Thank you to all those who attended: Thorpe St Andrew High School, Ormiston Denes Academy from Lowestoft and Hartismere High School from Diss.


The film event was very generously funded by the German Embassy and could not have been organised without the competent support of Cinema City Education, Norwich, and Anna Blagrove in particular.  Thanks also go to Dr Mark Vincent and UEA Outreach for their support and to the Goethe Institut London, for providing the film copy and the quiz prizes. Take the quiz

Due to its success, we are hoping to continue the German film-screening series in the summer term 2018. Watch this space!

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