Monday, June 15, 2009

Movies to Watch Before Moving to Live in London, England

I've probably watched The Holiday at least twenty times. I can't help it. I just love this movie. When I find myself missing my life in London, I watch The Holiday. Yes, I am a total romantic.

It's at this time of year that my teachers in Canada & America email or call me more often to ask what they should be doing to prepare for their upcoming journey to teaching in London, England.
They read this blog, my book, watch documentaries on Teachers TV, participate in online discussion groups, and network with our other teachers already in London.

But I always tell them to relax and watch movies set in London as well. Whether you're male or female, there are plenty of great films set in London. It's a great way to feel excited about your upcoming journey and will give you a better sense of the geography. Then, when you actually are living in London, watch the same movies again and notice how different you perceive the movie now that you know the city better.

Here are a few of my personal favourites:
  • The New Bond Movies - always have scenes set in London
  • Bridget Jones Diary - of course!
  • To Sir With Love
  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Fever Pitch
  • Love Actually
  • Notes on a Scandal (filmed in one of the schools I help find teachers)
  • Notting Hill
  • Scenes of a Sexual Nature (filmed in Hamstead Heath, a great park that you will likely spend some time in if you teach in London)
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Four Weddings &  A Funeral
What about you? Any great flicks that you'd like to add to this list? Please share your comments below.

And for those lucky teachers currently in London, Jude Law is performing in the West End as Hamlet.   Please go and see it and report back to me.  I absolutely love the West End and was lucky enough to see Holly Hunter, David Schwimmer and Kim Cattrall in different plays when I lived in London.  Yet another reason to teach in the UK!

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  1. Ah! I would love to see Jude Law as Hamlet!

  2. Me too! I lurrrrrve him.

    Sorry about the formatting by the way - blogger is being difficult today. :-)

  3. Ooh, "Notes on a Scandal" is an amazing book! I read it in one sitting, too good to put down.
    What about Harry Potter?? I've never actually seen the movies but I assume there must be a few scenes in London? At least at King's Cross Station? :)

  4. lol, completely forgot about Harry - woops! Yes, now they have a shopping cart type thing at King's Cross station, and platform 9 and a half for tourists to take their picture pushing the cart through the brick wall like Harry does in the movies. Very funny!

    On another note, ask a British person how to say "Harry" correctly. I never could, and my primary students always corrected me with "Miss, it's Haaaaarry, not Hairy!"


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