John Hughes was a prolific producer, writer and director and the driving force behind the teen film boom of the 1980s. With a light touch and a keen eye, he wrote and directed colourful films that portrayed the American high school experience and resonated with young people the world over. They captured the angst and ennui of teenage life and dealt with everyday problems, such as Saturday detentions and unrequited love, and spoke to teenagers in their language.
His films helped launch the careers of Matthew Broderick, Michael Keaton, Macaulay Culkin, John Candy, Molly Ringwald, Bill Paxton and Judd Nelson.
This season celebrates John Hughes' teen movies with screenings across the UK and internationally.
Ferris Bueller has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris call in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney, determined to catch him in the act.
Five students with seemingly nothing in common are faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7am, they have nothing to say to each other, but they soon begin to open up and find some unlikely friends.
She’s a high school girl from the wrong side of town. He’s the wealthy heart-throb who asks her to the prom. But as their romance builds, it’s threatened by the painful reality of peer pressure.
Samantha Baker is approaching her sixteenth birthday, but sees little to celebrate about: her family have, in any case, forgotten her big day, and she is suffering from a severe bout of unrequited love. Worse still, the object of her affections is being courted by the school’s most desirable student – can Samantha trust her quarry to value brains over beauty?
Two high school nerds have their Frankenstein-inspired experiment unexpectedly taken to the next level when they create the perfect woman. The pair’s out-of-this-world creation then guides the duo through the pleasures and pitfalls of adolescence.