Goodbye to the Normals is a British short film, approximately 4 mins long, which follows a fictional story about a small boy running away from home. The film was originally broadcast in the UK by Channel 4. It is currently touring the film festival circuit, either on its own or as part of the British Council Festival Submission Scheme.
I’ve prepared a listening for you but before you start watching the film, have a look at the vocabulary you might need to know in order to understand the dialogue.
To run away = to leave a place or person secretly and suddenly
To take one’s fancy = If something takes/tickles your fancy, you like it and want to have or do it
To be all packed = be packed to have put your things into a bag or box, etc
A surgery = the treatment of injuries or diseases in people or animals by cutting open the body and removing or repairing the damaged part.
Make up your mind on something = to decide
Can I give you a lift to the airport? = Do you want me to take you to the airport?
Fairtrade = a way of buying and selling products that makes certain that the original producer receives a fair price (Comerç Just)
organic = not using artificial chemicals in the growing of plants and animals for food and other products. (biològic)
Watch the film and answer the following questions.
1. Where is the boy going?
2. How long is he going to be away?
3. Is he worried about school?
4. What is his dad going to do with his room?
5. How is he travelling ?
6. Why does he refuse the sandwich?
7. Why does he come back?