Eddie has joined the campaign for Into Film a project made to help students to learn more about history through using films as a tool in schools.
Actor Eddie Redmayne says schools could use film to teach pupils about history and that the art of film-making should also be taught in the classroom
Eddie Redmayne, star of Les Miserables and the actor chosen to play Stephen Hawking in a forthcoming biopic, has called on films to be used in schools to teach children about history.
The award-winning actor said as a child he dismissed movies as nothing more than entertainment and believed the art of acting was all about Shakespeare.
Redmayne, 32, who also played the lead opposite Michelle Williams in My Week With Marilyn, said that film should be taught and promoted in schools to inspire the next generation to work in that medium.
He added that schools could use film to teach pupils about history and that the art of film-making should also be taught in the classroom.
Redmayne is supporting Into Film, a project to encourage children to watch, make and understand films. Speaking at the launch of the project at Westminster Academy, he said: “I always thought that film was entertainment, it wasn’t something you could learn from and my God, I was mistaken.”
The former Eton schoolboy said: “My life is film and it wasn’t when I was a kid. My family weren’t massively into film, I didn’t see a huge amount myself and when I was sat at school, theatre was the thing and Shakespeare.
“In this country we have this great legacy and heritage, which is a wonderful thing but it made theatre be the real focus.
“So many people nowadays have mobile phones which have the capacity to film things, and they are so much more film literate and editor literate than certainly my generation or the generations above.
“I think in this day and age everyone can be a film-maker…so it’s an amazing time to be supporting this.”
The Into Film charity is attempting to boost children’s knowledge of film and help teachers to use it more in the classroom. It supports school film clubs and has organised visits by actors such as Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley who talked to children at the Westminster Academy in October.