FILMS: School Life documentary co-central character, John Leyden.
FILMS: School Life documentary co-central character, John Leyden. Antidote Films

Movie: Work is more than a job for teachers in School Life

SCHOOL Life is an entertaining movie which gives an insight to the lives of two teachers who are reaching retirement after 46 years of inspirational teaching in an Irish boarding school.

The observational documentary film follows a year in the lives of John and Amanda Leyden who work at the magestic Headfort, the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland, and who have shaped the minds of thousands.

But now the unthinkable looms; what would retirement mean they muse.

Spanning the ancient and the ultra-modern has been their life and passion and so they've challenged the march of time by absorbing the endless supply of young ideas from their wards, but who will keep them young if they leave?

For John, rock music is just another subject alongside maths, English, scripture and Latin, all of which are taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion.

FILMS: School Life documentary co-central character, Amanda Leyden.
FILMS: School Life documentary co-central character, Amanda Leyden. Antidote Films

For Amanda, the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means fair to snare the young minds.

The children sit transfixed as she takes them on magical journeys with fantastical characters from tales of all kinds.

"If we don't come here, what will we will do all day?" John asks dryly.

"We'll sit around doing less and less and become more and more decrepit."

The highly entertaining and heart-warming School Life film will be in Australian cinemas from November 2.


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