Category Archives: Cinema

Ophra interviews Kate Winslet

On 12 January 2009, Kate Winslet won Two Golden Globe Awards for her roles in the films ‘The Reader’ and ‘Revolutionary Road’ at the last 66th Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles. In this interview she talks to Ophra about her films.

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1. ……….. Kate only knew the names of two of the nominees.

2. ……….. Kate won two awards for best actress.

3. ……….. Ophra invited Kate before she knew she had won the awards.

4. ……….. Kate has won 7 times the Golden Globe Awards.

5. ……….. Kate didn’t expect to win any awards.

6. ……….. ‘The Reader’ is one of Ophra’s favourite film because she had recommended to read the book some a year before.

7. ………..  Kate plays ‘Hanna’ a lonely woman in Germany during World War II

8. ……….. ‘Hanna’ hides one secret : her love affaire with a teenager.

9. ……….. Kate and Leonardo di Caprio hadn’t been together on a film for 11 years.

10. …….. In ‘Revolutionary  Road’ Kate and Leonardo play an American couple who are not satisfied with the life they are leading.

11. ……. Ralph Fiennes, the young actor of ‘The Reader’ was not allowed to play his part until he was an adult.

12. ……. Ophra congratulates Kate on not having had her breast operated.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This is the last week of classes and  Christmas is around the corner. I know that you are going to be pretty busy these days: you will probably decorate the house, prepare special dishes, visit family, go to a party, wrap and deliver presents, travel, do your homework (ha,ha) etc. So it might be nice to be able to just sit back , relax and enjoy the Christmas episode of  Friends and listen to a traditional Christmas carol sung by The Jingle Cats.

To all my students at EOI and to everyone throughout the blogosphere and beyond:

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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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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The best films of 2007

 Do you agree with my selection? What have I missed? What were your favourite films last year?
The 10 best films of 2007 for me are:

The good shepherd
Michael Clayton
Eastern promises
El orfanato
4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days
Lions for lambs
The Bourne ultimatum
The pursuit of happyness
The Prestige

The list of 2008 Oscar nominees is very different!
The film “Michael Clayton” is the only  nominee.
Do you think that the nominees are the best or only sometimes?
Please, write your opinion!

Mª Carmen Peña
3rd. EOI Terrassa