Friend or foe

United Kingdom, 1981

Film
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A children’s feature set in Britain during World War 2 that focuses on the experiences of two London boys sent to board with a farming family during the period of heavy bombing. On one particular day the pilot from a ditched German bomber saves one boy from drowning and the boys must then decide whether or not to tell the English authorities of the German’s whereabouts. This film is useful for discussion about the sense of war, concepts of right and wrong, the nature of friendship and loyalty, peer group pressure and family relationships. Based on the novel by Michael Morpugo, script by John Krish.

Credits

director

John Krish

producer

Gordon L.T. Scott

production company

Children's Film Foundation

Language

English

Duration

01:10:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

34072

Audience classification

G

Subject categories

Adaptations

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → Prisoners of war

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War

Armed Forces, Military, War & Weapons → War and society

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Childrens Films → Children's films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Moral education

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children - Family relationships

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Peer pressure

Literature → Film adaptations

War films

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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