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LITTLE FREAK

A young deformed boy lives as a side-show freak. When his father asks him to make a birthday-wish he starts to imagine...

It's a metaphor for the expectation some parents have with their children, without seeing that they have other ambitions and their own dreams.

Created by Edwin Schaap
Visit his website http://www.edwinschaap.com/littlefreak/

 

Watch and discuss:

  • Discuss the poster at the beginning.  What is it advertising?  What do we know about 'Freakshows' at fairs?
  • Discuss and describe the setting.  The caravan and how the weather is mimicking the mood.
  • Stop on the still life at the beginning of the film.  What does this tell us about the characters?  The collars etc.
  • Discuss why the film maker has chosen black and white. 
  • What does the boy wish for?  Are these easily achieveable?
  • What do we think of his father?
  • What do we think of the people who go to see him and call him names?

 

 

Writing Opportunities:

 

  • Write a narrative with a similar time lapse/ internal monologue in the middle.
  • Write setting descriptions
  • Write character descriptions
  • Write a persuasive argument from the boy to the father about working with wood or similar, use emotive language.
  • Compare with zoo/Circus animals.
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