Goodbye to the Normals

Goodbye to the Normals






Alfie Field

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?

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9 thoughts on “Goodbye to the Normals


    hello Anna! I’m Alicia, one of your pupil. I’m glad to have you as a teacher.
    I want to ask: have you ever been in IES Blanxart as a English teacher? I were there and my boyfriend said me that you were in Blanchart. Is it true?

    ok, I’m a Education Phisic Teacher, If you want to run with me, I invite you now!


  2. Ainoa 3th E

    Hello Anna!!!!
    Like Alicia I studied in IES Blanxart, but I don’t remember you….
    The video is very funny

    See you tomorrow!!!

  3. Alba Manzanares


    I’m Alba Manzanares from your 3rd level class.
    I think this blog is a great idea!
    The first little film it’s very funny! The boy is a good laugh.

    Will be in this blog any exercise to practice the reading or writting?
    I would like to make you a suggestion, it could be entertaining to make some crosswords or some king of games to practice English.

    See you tomorrow!


  4. Emma Pastor Ferré

    Hi Anna!
    My name’s Emma Pastor, I’m one of your pupil.
    I’m 20 years old and I study the 3rd course of biology.
    The first film it’s really funny. I like it!
    I think that the suggestion of Alba it’s interesting. With the games it’s more easy to learn.
    See you later!

  5. mireia

    oou, nice short film! I like it! I think that the little boy has a brilliant … ideas , jaja
    and he has an good reason to reject the sandwitch, xd

    I hope that by this time next year I will be starting the next course at EOI so I want ( and I wish) to learn a lot of english during this year.

    I’m glad that you are our teacher. See you later!
    Bye Anna!

  6. Montse Abad

    Hi Ana, I’m Montse one of your pupil too.
    and hi everybody!!
    I agree with all of you about the blog.
    See you on Monday!!!

  7. Núria Pont

    What a pity! I’m cannot listen the film!
    I’m in the library of the EOI because there are free computers with Internet here to visit Anna’s blog and do the homework, but the headphones don’t run…
    I can see the film but I can’t hear it! An I can’t read the lips, some hopes!
    This situation demoralize me a little because everybody say that it’s a great and funny film. I must find another way to watch it!
    My question: Are the headphones (or the loudspeacker, I don’t know what exactly don’t run; and the librarian doesn’t know it either) going to be repaired soon?
    My answer: I’m not afraid it (you know: there’s no money, Departament d’Educació don’t remember to us, there’s an economic crisis…)
    My conclusion: Houston, I’ve got a problem! But all problems have their solution, isn’t it?
    See you next week!

  8. Verena

    Hi, Anna!!

    I’ve just seen the film and I’ve understood it better than in the class :))))

    I couldn’t saw it on Wednesday because I had a lot of homework.

    I think that this blog it’s a great idea for practising English.

    See you this evening!!


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