First Day

Synopsis

First Day is a documentary that follows the lives of 11 young Australians as they experience their first day at school. We follow the children and their families in the weeks leading up to the first day and observe the variety of ways in which family cultures and contexts affect the preparation of each child for school. When the first day arrives, we follow the children waking up, getting ready, getting to school, and their reactions to being there. It is a unique view into the world of children.

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First Day follows 11 young Australians as they launch themselves into their first day at school. We follow the children and their families in the weeks leading up to the first day and observe the variety of ways in which family cultures and contexts affect the preparation of each child for school.

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Documentary Film

Running Time: 75 mins

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  • First Day

    First Day

    DVD Documentary

  • Year Level

    Middle Years (5-9), Senior Secondary and Tertiary

    Curriculum Study Areas

    Civics and Citizenship, English, Ethical Understanding, Humanities and Social Sciences, Intercultural Understanding, Media Arts (The Arts), Personal and Social Capability

    Events

    Professional Learning

    Mediatype

    Films

    Themes

    family, genre, identity, justice, relationships, resilience, values

    Awards

    Winner: Silver Apple Award (USA)

    Winner: The Chris Awards (USA)

    Nominated: Australian Film Institute Awards

    Selected: New York Festival