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Most Beautiful Man in the World, The — Alicia Duffy, 2002

Lacey is a young girl who is bored and dreams of a life beyond what she knows. One day she ventures further than she has ever gone before and meets a mysterious stranger. They seem to connect, but the mood changes when he sees the girl’s mother looking on with suspicion from their house.

This dream-like short is intentionally ambiguous: is it an innocent encounter or perhaps something more sinister?

Classroom Activities

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  • Based on what you see in the first shot, what impression do you have of Lacey?
  • What does the use of diegetic sounds have on this short film?
  • What impact does the lack of non-diegetic sounds have on the film and its overall feel?
  • Editing: discuss how the editing shows us what life is like for Lacey.
  • Describe the colour in the film and what this does for the overall style. How do the colours change when Lacey meets the stranger?
  • Discuss the use of close ups and long shots when we are being shown Lacey’s world and what this shows the audience.
  • How do the shots used when Lacey meets the stranger (03:10 – 03:35) tell us how she feels in that moment?
  • What genre do you think this film belongs to? Why you think this?


  • Who do you think the man was?
  • Would you have let Lacey wander off into the field? Discuss with a partner or have a class debate. Try arguing the opposite side to what you think for deeper critical thinking!
  • Why do you think Lacey was not scared of the man?
  • Where do you think this film was filmed/ set? Why? Why was it set there?
  • Who do you think this film was made for? Discuss who you think this was aimed at and why?
  • What would you have done if you were Lacey’s mum and why? Compare your thoughts with a partner.



  • What is Lacey thinking? Write an inner monologue as if you are Lacey describing how she is feeling.


  • What do you think happened when Lacey got inside? Write out a script for or role-play the conversation she might have had with her mum.


  • Make a travel show, showing us some of the best places to visit in your area if you are looking for fun activities to do.


  • Add a soundtrack to the film. Why did you choose these songs/this music?


  • What do you when you are bored? Make a brochure for some of your top tips in beating boredom.
  • What should you do if a stranger approaches you in public? Make a poster outlining the dangers of talking to strangers.
  • Mind map ways in which children can be exposed to grooming and child abuse.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-002-000-045-C
Resource Rights Holder Breakthru Films Ltd.
Project Ref MVS-06
Year of Production 2002
Genre Drama
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Literacy and English, Religious and Moral Education
Director Alicia Duffy
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content Live Action, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Feelings, Relationships, Loss / Memories, Danger / Fear, Culture / Society, Identity / Self, Intolerance / Misconceptions
Clip Length 05:00
Clip Length 05:00
Age Group S1-S3, S4-S6