20 Movies to Learn British English - Beginner to Advanced

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- Hello everyone and welcome back to English With Lucy.
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Recently I made a video about the best
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British TV series for learning English.
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And today I'm going to do something similar,
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but with British films.
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However, I'm not going to talk about
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all of the mainstream films
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that you might have already experienced in your own country.
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I'm going to try and show you some lesser known films
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that I think could really help you improve your English.
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Most of these are my personal favourites.
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Not all of them were necessarily massive when they came out,
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although many of them were.
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But they're films I really, really enjoyed.
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Films that show British culture,
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many aspects of British culture.
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So we'll start off with films or genres
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that are suitable for a beginner level,
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move on to pre-intermediate,
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and then intermediate to advanced.
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I do think that a lot of British films
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show a very perfect view of Britain,
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a view that isn't necessarily realistic.
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So I've included some films that show
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a more realistic view of Britain
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and films that show a variety of accents as well.
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It's one of my top tips for improving listening.
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I've said it before many times.
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If you want to be able to understand everyone,
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then it's important that you listen to a variety of accents.
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So when it comes to watching films
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in order to improve your English,
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it can be really hard to find the right one for you.
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You've got to find something that you are interested in.
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You've got to find something that's at your level.
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And you've also got to find something
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that will provide educational value.
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A lot of you aren't based in the UK.
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Okay, let's start with films
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that are more suitable for beginners.
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But these films are enjoyable for everyone.
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The first one, oh this film is so good.
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It is "Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit"
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I wonder if you've heard of Wallace and Gromit before.
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They were absolute favourites of mine.
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But this film was particularly fantastic.
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It's a stop motion film.
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So I think the characters are made of Plasticine
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and they take years and years to make each film.
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The film itself is a work of art.
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Wallace and Gromit are a man and his dog
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and they live in a village where there is
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an annual giant vegetable competition.
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It's so British, I can't even tell you.
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This does genuinely happen in our villages.
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However, there is a giant rabbit eating the giant vegetables
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and the villagers are not happy.
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And Wallace and Gromit help them out.
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Now, this film is fantastic because yes,
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it is aimed at children.
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So the English is quite simple.
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Not overly simple, but it's quite simple.
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However, there are lots of hidden jokes in there.
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So a lot of really good children's films
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have secret hidden jokes,
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naughty jokes for the parents.
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And this one is full of that.
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I remember watching this with my grandparents
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and they were roaring with laughter.
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It is one of my happiest memories with my grandad.
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- Oh, Wallace.
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- Mr. Wallace.
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Wait, is this all of them?
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- Just one left.
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- Okay, let's move on to the next one.
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I did say that I was going to recommend
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slightly more obscure films.
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And this one is great for anyone
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who really enjoyed Mary Poppins.
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I imagine you already know about Mary Poppins.
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And that is a great one to watch in English
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if you are at a beginner level.
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However, there is another film
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that is very, very similar to Mary Poppins
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which is absolutely fantastic.
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And it is called "Bedknobs and Broomsticks".
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And this was another childhood favourite.
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Now this is set during World War II
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and some children, three children,
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are evacuated to a lady's house.
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And it turns out that she is training to become a witch.
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Now interestingly,
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the lady who plays Mary Poppins
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was originally asked to play the role
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of this wannabe witch.
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But she actually turned it down
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because she didn't want to be typecast.
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If an actor is typecast,
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it means they are repeatedly assigned the same role.
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They're always playing the same character.
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Julie Andrews later changed her mind.
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But the leading lady, Angela Lansbury had already been cast
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so it was too late.
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Now this is an older film.
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It was released in 1971.
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So some of the accents are a bit dated.
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But you've got received pronunciation,
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and Cockney amongst many others.
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- Ah, people.
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- Nonetheless, we must see the king
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on an urgent personal matter.
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Please lead the way.
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- Hello, future Lucy here.
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(Lucy laughing)
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So since filming this video,
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I've actually been doing a little bit of thinking
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about "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"
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and I don't think that this is a beginner film.
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Some of the language is quite complex actually,
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some of the dialects they use.
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So by all means, watch this film and enjoy it
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'cause it's a fabulous film.
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But don't feel disappointed
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if you don't understand absolutely everything
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or if you end up with quite a few questions
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about the language used.
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The last of the children's films I'm going to recommend,
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you might know this one
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'cause this was a big box office hit.
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It is "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe".
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And again, this is set in World War II.
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And again, it's children who've been evacuated.
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They're evacuated to the countryside into a big house
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and they find a wardrobe which leads
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to the mystical land of Narnia.
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I find the speech in this film to be very, very clear.
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The children speak with received pronunciation.
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But there is a wide variety of accents throughout the film.
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- Look at my fur.
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You couldn't give me 10 minutes warning?
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- I would have given you a week
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if I thought it would have helped.
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(children laughing)
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- Now let's move on to pre-intermediate.
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With these films,
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if you are struggling to understand a film,
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if you're finding it very exhausting,
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I would highly recommend the method
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of watching something twice.
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This is what I used to do when I was learning Spanish.
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I used to watch a film the first time with subtitles,
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and then the second time without subtitles.
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It's tedious but I was really bored
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of not understanding the whole story.
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Pick up as much as you can the first time
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with those subtitles.
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And then the second time around,
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it's almost a big confidence boost
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because you remember so much.
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And it shows you that you've really learned a lot
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by watching it once.
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And you're learning even more by watching it again.
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Now the first film I recommend
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for pre-intermediate is romantic comedies.
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So one kind of lesser known,
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well I guess it's a bit older now,
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but one rom-com that I fell deeply in love with
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when I was younger was "Bend It Like Beckham".
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So this film is about football.
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But I was never interested in football,
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or ball games, or sports,
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or anything like that when I was younger.
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I think one of my mum's friends said,
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you have to watch this film.
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So I watched it and it's so good.
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It's about an 18 year old girl.
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She's the daughter of British-Indian Sikhs.
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And she makes friends with Keira Knightley.
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It turns out that they're both really good at football.
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But Jess, the main character,
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finds it hard to prove to her very conservative parents
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that actually this western sort of career path
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is a good idea for her.
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There are a lot of gender stereotypes in this film,
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cultural stereotypes.
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But it's a really good watch and I would say very wholesome.
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It also features a very prominent British accent,
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which is the Indian British accent
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as well as Cockney slash Estuary,
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which is what Keira Knightley speaks with in the film.
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- Gone and said she's wearin' baby pink now.
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Stupid cow.
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I had matching accessories and everything.
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- Oh Mom, do I have to go shopping again?
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- My mother chose all my...
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- Now I said I was going to talk about lesser known films.
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But I just can't resist
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just grouping a load of fantastic rom-coms
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into one section,
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Richard Curtis films.
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Richard Curtis just makes
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the most incredible British rom-coms.
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So I'm quickly going to recommend them to you
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because I think you'll love them.
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I absolutely love them.
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They are feel-good films.
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Most of them are based in London.
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You've got "Notting Hill", "Love Actually",
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the three Bridget Jones films.
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A really good one which I can't watch again,
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I've just watched it once,
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it is "About Time".
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It's about a man with the ability to time travel.
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But what he does in different times of his life
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impacts the future.
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And I find it too emotional.
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I watched it in the cinema
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and I had to go to the toilet to cry.
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But if you need a good sob, a good cry,
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then I highly recommend it.
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I mentioned the Bridget Jones films.
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The woman who plays Bridget, Renee Zellweger,
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she is actually American.
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But she does a pretty damn good RP accent.
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And I would say my ultimate favourite Richard Curtis film
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is "Four Weddings and a Funeral".
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We watched that the other day.
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It is glorious.
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You'll love it.
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We also have another one
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which is called "Shakespeare in Love".
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And it stars Gwyneth Paltrow and it's kind of
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an imagined version of events
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where Shakespeare falls in love
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whilst writing Romeo and Juliet.
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Another recommendation for sort of pre-intermediate level
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isn't actually a rom-com.
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It is just a com.
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A comedy, we don't call it com.
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It is "Hot Fuzz".
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And we watched this the other day.
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It's by Simon Pegg.
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I'm going to recommend him again
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later on in this list.
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It is hilarious.
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It's set in the west country
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so we've got a real southern,
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British-English accent,
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the west country accent,
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as well as Simon with a London accent.
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And it shows two policemen,
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two very different policemen,
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dealing with a series of murders.
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It's very, very good.
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I love that it's set...
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Well it's a town, not a village.
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I love that it's set
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kind of in the countryside not in London.
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So many films are based in London
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and it's really refreshing to have something based
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outside of London.
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- Planning and development.
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- Where George Merchant secured permission
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to build his dubious mansion on Norris Avenue.
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- So, maybe they were all accidents.
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- Oh. (thumping)
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- People have accidents every day.
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- Now let's move on to historical or period dramas.
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Now these are still in pre-intermediate,
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although sometimes the vocabulary is quite niche.
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But the actors tend to speak more slowly
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and clearly in these dramas.
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One really great one is "Belle".
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It's quite interesting.
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It's a very different take on your standard period drama.
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The majority of the film is spoken with an RP accent.
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In this film,
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a British naval officer has an illegitimate child
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with an enslaved African woman.
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He brings her back to England.
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And it's actually inspired by the 1779
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portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle.
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It's a really good film and it's heartbreaking
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to see how Belle is treated.
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But I thought it was a really different take
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on just your standard period drama.
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- I remember my father's eyes.
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They were kind, gentle,
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a little like yours. - Mine.
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- Another one which is also quite different
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and is also very relevant,
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anyone who is lacking confidence while speaking,
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it's "The King's Speech".
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It stars Colin Firth, ah,
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as a future king who's struggling to cope with a stammer.
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And he works with an Australian
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speech and language therapist.
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It really is a great film
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and it's perhaps something that you might be able
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to relate with on some levels.
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- You tricked me.
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- Physical exercises and tricks are important.
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But you're asking will only deal
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with the surface of the problem.
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- The last genre in pre-intermediate is horror.
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And I would say that horror is normally pre-intermediate
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because usually there is slightly less dialogue.
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A fantastic one is "28 Days Later".
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It's a Danny Boyle film.
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I love Danny Boyle.
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He also did "Slumdog Millionaire".
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And this film shows the breakdown of society after a virus.
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Very relevant.
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A highly contagious virus is accidentally released.
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It's a horror film,
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so it is hard to watch at times.
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But I love an apocalyptic or dystopian film.
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- Omelettes.
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You've prepared a feast, Jones.
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- Honour of our guests, sir. - Absolutely.
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- Now we have a comedy horror next,
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which is actually sort of taking the Mickey,
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making a joke of the "28 Days Later" film,
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but in a nice way.
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It's another one by Simon Pegg who did Hot Fuzz.
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It's called "Shaun of the Dead",
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'cause it's actually mimicking "Dawn of the Dead",
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which was very similar in some ways
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in concept to "28 Days Later".
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Again we have flesh-eating zombies.
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But it's a funny horror film.
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- Told you that over the years,
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Philip's been quite unkind to me.
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- Well you weren't always the easiest person to live with.
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- Mom, he chased me around the garden
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with a bit of wood.
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- Well you did call him a you-know-what.
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- And the last one,
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and I would actually say that this one
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is intermediate or higher.
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It's called "Attack the Block".
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The reason I would consider this one
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to be slightly more difficult or challenging
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is because there's such a variety of accents.
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The film shows a teenage street gang in South London
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who have to defend themselves against alien invaders.
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But the street gang,
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most of them speak Multicultural London English.
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This dialect is very common.
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It's quite unique and it's quite new as well.
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If you look into it,
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it's really interesting to see how it's developed.
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- I've got no credit, nine.
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- John Paul, everybody's fa-piece-of-a-coos-back.
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- This is too much madness to explain in one day.
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- Let's move on to intermediate and above.
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And for this I have just dedicated drama.
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And for this I have picked three
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of my favourite British drama films.
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They are all very different.
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One is strictly RP.
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One is Multicultural London English.
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And the last one is actually Liverpudlian.
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So Scouse, the Scouse accent.
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Let's start with the RP one.
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I would say this is one of my favourite films,
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favourite British films.
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It's called "An Education" and it stars Carey Mulligan.
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And it's about a very beautiful young girl
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who is swept off her feet.
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So she is seduced by an older gentleman.
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She's lived a very privileged, very sheltered life.
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Her parents are very overbearing, very strict.
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And he shows her a good time.
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But there is another side to it.
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It's a brilliant film.
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It never got as much critical acclaim
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as I thought it deserved.
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I also think it contains a really important lesson.
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Let me know what you think about that if you watch it.
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It's set in the '60s as well so it's really lovely to see
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kind of 1960s Britain.
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- Who knows with Jenny.
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- Paris, you can't buy them here.
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- You never bought 'em yourself.
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- No, I never.
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- Oh shut up, you stuck-up cow.
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- Now let's talk about
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my Multicultural London English recommendation.
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Now this film astounded me when I was a teenager.
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I absolutely loved it.
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I watched it over and over again.
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I'm sure you can imagine I lived
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quite a sheltered, privileged life.
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So this kind of opened my eyes.
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It's called "Kidulthood".
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It's a drama that follows the lives of several teenagers
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who live in West London.
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And it was written by Noel Clarke
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who is a big favourite of mine.
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And he stars in it as well.
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I think he's fantastic.
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You follow the teenagers as they engage in crime
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and just have a really difficult and challenging time.
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It's really eye-opening and it shows
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a realistic other side to London.
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Britain and London isn't all beautiful countryside
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and glitz and glamour.
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There is a very real other side to it.
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- I told 'em too.
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I had-dat when I come in.
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Hey, check your cameras, man.
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- Nisha, would you call the police please?
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This young man has taken this hat
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and is now causing a commotion.
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- Is that all he's taken? - Yeah.
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- The last one is a slightly older film.
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It's one that my mom recommended to me.
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And it is, I think it was released in 1983.
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And it's called "Educating Rita".
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And it stars one of my favourite actresses, Julie Walters.
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She plays a working class hairdresser from Liverpool
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who is bored of her everyday life.
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She feels pressured to have a baby.
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She doesn't see her career going anywhere.
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So she decides to enrol in university,
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into an open university.
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The open university in the UK
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is a distance learning university.
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And her tutor is Michael Caine, none other.
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And he's a big of a drinker.
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He's just a bit bored with his own life as well.
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They form a great friendship.
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So she studies English literature
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and at first her technical ability for the subject
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is limited by her lack of education.
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But her enthusiasm helps her overcome this.
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I'm not gonna tell you any more
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'cause there's more to the story.
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But I think it's a really, really good one.
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- Come in.
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(door opening)
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- I'm comin' in aren't I?
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It's that stupid bleedin' handle on the door.
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You want to get it fixed?
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- Yes, yes, I meant to.
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- So that's it for my recommendations today.
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I really, really hope you enjoy some of these films.
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As I said before,
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I didn't just want to recommend
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all the films you already know about
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like "Harry Potter" or whatever.
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I wanted to give you a selection of different films
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that will help you in different ways,
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show you lots of different dialects and accents,
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lots of different vocabulary as well.
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Let me know what you think.
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I would love to hear other recommendations as well
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and your reviews of any of these movies
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and films that you've seen.
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Don't forget the NordVPN offer
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that I mentioned in the beginning.
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You can get 70% off NordVPN
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and an additional month free
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by using my link nordvpn.com/Lucy.
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Or you can just use my code, LUCY.
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The link and the code are in the description box.
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Don't forget to connect with me
19:48
on all of my social media.
19:49
I've got my Facebook,
19:51
my Instagram, and my Twitter.
19:53
And you can follow me on my personal channel
19:55
where I do vlogs of my life on an English farm.
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It's interesting for some people.
20:01
I will see you soon for another lesson.
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(upbeat music)
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