Secondary resource: The Social Network

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This resource focuses on The Social Network, the 2010 film by David Fincher, telling the story of the birth of Facebook.

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The Social Network (2010, 12A - contains infrequent strong language and drug use)

A fictionalised account of how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his dorm at Harvard.

Directed by the incredible David Fincher, this is perfect for those studying film and media or even if you’re looking for a topic for discursive essays. The film caused some controversy at the time as it tells the story of a person who is still very much alive (the real Mark Zuckerberg was not too happy) and the film takes on new levels when watching it now as Facebook found itself at the centre of data protection and misinformation scandals.


This film was selected and the resource created by our Foundation Apprentice, Meera. It includes questions on character, writing dialogue and the works of David Fincher. Also includes a mock poster analysis question for students preparing for their Media exam.

Although the film is a 12A, we find it is best suited to S4 and up.

Available to watch with Now TV Movies.

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