A year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School, housed in an 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden’s life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now they must start making preparations for their retirement.
Valuing intimacy and eccentricity just like its subjects, School Life is a delightful, whimsical crowd-pleaser of a documentary that takes an observational approach to wandering the school's halls, sitting in on its exuberant classes and watching the Leydens at work.
Will their intimate and caring cultivation of future generations live on, or will it vanish like so many community-centered practices?
"Adds a vital perspective on a particular form of education, highlighting most notably that with the right educators and the right environment, it can – and should be – a joyous, mind-opening experience." – The Playlist
"FINDS POETRY IN THE RAW NATURE OF EDUCATION. The most adorable documentary that Frederick Wiseman never made." Indiewire
"A REAL JOY" Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"A DELIGHTFUL CROWD-PLEASER. An irresistibly admiring portrait." Hollywood Reporter
WINNER: Special Jury Prize in the Golden Gate Awards at SFFILM
WINNER: Jury Prize for the Best international Documentary, Docville International Documentary Film Festival, Leuven, Belgium.
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