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Les Miserables

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Based on the book by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, Les Misérables has been running as a musical on the London stage since 1985. It is without doubt one of the world’s most popular stage productions, and has toured the far corners of the globe with its powerful, haunting music and deeply human, bitter-sweet story. Against the background of social unrest in 19th Century France, Hugh Jackman brings to screen the tortured soul of Jean Valjean, a French convict of nineteen years, newly released from prison.

Exploring the great universal themes of passion, sacrifice, love, justice and redemption, Les Misérables sings the human story with an impact that is proving timeless.

Damaris created two video features, a Leader’s Guide and a Supplementary Resource for Churches.

The video features (below) use clips and interviews to explore issues raised by the film. “Fresh Starts” invites us to consider the contrasting stories of Javert and Valjean as they highlight for us the struggles we may face as we respond to an opportunity for a fresh start. Meanwhile “Difficult Choices” asks us to consider how, when faced with difficult decisions like those of Valjean and Fantine, we decide what is the right thing to do.


If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Leader’s Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains template posters, invitations, themed recipes, quizzes, discussion questions and background information.

The Supplementary Resource for Churches provides additional questions and reflections for use by churches, to help people engage more deeply with the spiritual ideas raised by the film.

Life of Pi

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From Academy Award winning director Ang Lee comes Life of Pi, based upon Yann Martel’s much loved book. An epic adventure of magical realism, Life of Pi follows the story of a young man’s incredible survival at sea against almost impossible odds. While cast away, he forms an amazing and unexpected connection with another survivor… a fearsome Bengal tiger.

Damaris produced six videos, a Leader’s Guide and Supplementary Resources for both Schools and Churches.

The first four videos below form a series which uses clips from the film to explore different perspectives on the issues of hope, truth and faith. The latter two videos explore the questions “What does it mean to be human?” and “Can we decide what to believe?”







If you need to view any of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Leader’s Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains template posters, invitations, themed recipes, quizzes, discussion questions and background information.

The Supplementary Resource for Schools provides additional questions and reflections for use by schools, to help students engage more deeply with the philosophical and religious themes raised by the film.

The Supplementary Resource for Churches provides additional questions and reflections for use by churches, to help people engage more deeply with the spiritual ideas raised by the film.

Nativity 2

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This Christmas, the unforgettable pupils of St. Bernadette’s are heading to Wales to compete in the National choir contest; “A song for Christmas’. New supply teacher Mr Peterson (David Tennant) has the unenviable task of trying to curb the hysterical enthusiasm of the kids – not to mention Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) – but reluctantly finds himself getting swept along!

Under the stars on one magical night the sparkle and shine of Christmas once again comes to life in Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!

Damaris provided a set of primary school lessons for music lessons and choirs; a church all-age service; and church children’s activities. (For more information and download links, see the bottom of this post.)

The videos below include several songs from the film, plus some specially-created videos featuring the film’s creators.

















If you need to view any of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The School Lessons enable pupils to learn about how to write lyrics, music and put them together. It is designed so it can (optionally) culminate in a public performance of the song. It uses the videos provided above.

The church resources comprise an All Age Service which contains a selection of activities for use as part of a service of all-age worship. This is accompanied by a Powerpoint presentation. There is also a set of Children’s Activities for leaders of children’s groups in church which contains a selection of activities for use with children of upper primary school age. Both resources use the videos provided above.

The resources, also make use of two audio-only backing tracks – for the songs Yes We Can and Born in the Hay.