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Tam Trauchle's Troubles (clip 1)
This film is one of a series of fund raising appeal films produced for the Glasgow Necessitous Children's Holiday Camp Fund to raise money to help send poor children on a holiday during the summer break. The film promotes the benefits of the Holiday Camp to children and parents alike and provides an insight into what life was like for Glasgow children during the great depression. A collection tin would be passed around after showings of this film at the cinema.
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Social History / English: The boys play at miners under the bed. Why do you think this is? Make a list of the games that children play today at home.
English/Media Studies: Compare persuasive techniques used in this film with modern charity appeals (e.g. Children in Need)
Modern Studies/PSD: Does child poverty still exist? As a class plan, storyboard and make a modern day version of this film?
Science/Home Economics: The children in the film are undernourished. Why? Why is it important to eat a varied and balanced diet?
History: Compare what children in the 1930s did for fun with young children's hobbies today.
English / Language / Drama: Transcribe the dialogue of the Trauchle family (Dad, Mum, Sam and Robert). Find out what the Glaswegian terms mean and then write the script without using a local dialect. Perform the script to the class and notice how different it sounds. Script the scene in your local dialect or in Gaelic.
Media Studies / Film History: This is an early sound film. Compare this film to 'Sunny Days' and comment on the sound. Research silent films and find out what sounds or musical accompaniment went along with the film.
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