H Is For Harry is an insightful new documentary about the relationship between one charismatic boy, Harry, and his teacher, Sophie. Harry arrives at Reach Academy in Feltham as the third generation in his family to be illiterate. Sophie, in her first year as a qualified teacher, runs a specialist English group where she meets Harry and tries to help him catch up so that he can rejoin his friends.
H Is For Harry shows Harry from his first day at school and throughout the school year as we see him struggling to read and write in Sophie’s class. We meet Grant, Harry’s father, who fights tooth and nail to keep Harry in school, as they attend regular meetings about both Harry’s progress and misbehaviour in school. Grant hopes Harry can stay in mainstream school, the only place he believes can ‘save him’ from a life of illiteracy and poverty. Depicting the often-unnoticed impact that material and aspirational poverty can have on a child’s future, H Is For Harry is at the crux of current debates about society’s growing inequality.
The screening will be followed by a live onstage Q&A with directors Jamie Taylor and Edward Owles.
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