Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - the Last Dance: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Review - the Last Dance: Resources

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Party film leaves a matter of life or death in students' hands.

It's the morning after and it's not just a nasty hangover that Mark and his mates are dealing with. The teenagers have to face the reality that their friend Hannah is dead. This stark but powerful scene appears in a new interactive film by the British Red Cross called Life. Live It.

The 60-minute film (also available in 30- and 45-minute versions) follows Mark, whose parents have gone away, leaving him free to have a house party. But one of the guests, Hannah, becomes seriously ill after consuming too much alcohol. By 8pm she is vomiting, and soon she's picking fights with people. When Mark and Hannah's friend Alice find her later, she is unconscious but still breathing. Mark lies her on her back: a mistake that costs her life.

At crucial moments the film pauses, allowing students to discuss questions that appear on screen. What could go wrong? Who is most at risk? What would you do? They consider how the characters could help Hannah and what they would do differently. Would they call their parents? Do they know first aid? Would they have intervened earlier?

Young people often want to help in an emergency but lack the confidence and sometimes the skills to do so, according to recent research by the British Red Cross. …

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