School of Life: An Award-Winning Short Indie Film

Now fea­tured in The YouTube Screen­ing Room: Jake Polon­sky’s School of Life. “The film may be set in an ele­men­tary school, but it tells a poignant­ly iron­ic sto­ry that any adult will relate to. School of Life won the 2004 British Inde­pen­dent Film Award for Best Short.” A high­er qual­i­ty ver­sion can be watched here. But make sure you have a high speed con­nec­tion.

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  • hos says:

    quite a poignant work
    unique writ­ing, unique media
    choice worked well for the piece

  • Jane says:

    whoa, I did not agree with that teacher and her les­son ‘Garth is life’

  • Tim Wilkes says:

    The film is only short, but it’s mes­sage is sim­ple. Life isn’t faire. It’s a bit­ter truth, but that’s just the way it is. The nar­ra­tive in Stan­ley going to look­ing out­side class­room, has a pow­er­ful metaphor. Some­times you have to go look­ing for the answer, its what the answer is at the end. There could’ve been many end­ings to this, depend­ing on the metaphor­ic cir­cum­stances. There not being enough papers and Garth not shar­ing is, well sods law. You prob­a­bly take it you get hurt. It could’ve gone the oth­er way if they want­ed to, Garth needs the paper and Stan­ley won’t give it back and the end­ing les­son the same for Garth. Back to my talk, if there had been some­thing dif­fer­ent involved, the teach­ers reply may have been dif­fer­ent. It just hap­pens this sit­u­a­tion was­n’t faire. Well as I said most things in life aren’t faire. His friend played a short but pow­er­ful mes­sage. he did­n’t want to com­form to some­thing that was­n’t worth it. Stan­ley want­ed to com­form afri­ad he could miss some­thing impor­tant. Which in the end, leaves him in the dark know­ing that his friend was prob­a­bly right. Why try if its not worth it.

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