Movies and TV Shows That Make Us Want To Be Better People

We’re celebrating all the movies and TV shows that inspires compassion, encourages kindness and shines a light on all that is good.
WONDER
Teaches us: acceptance, kindness, individuality, compassion

Wonder

“When given the choice between being right and being kind - Choose Kind”. 

Wonder is the story that became a book that became a movement around the world, that became a – #choosekind. Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay, Room) was born with facial difference and has been in and out of hospitals for years. With the help of his loving parents, played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, he tries to show everyone at his new school that he’s just like them, no different than the rest of the world. Some accept him, others shun him, but through it all he teaches others that beauty is not just on the outside. It’s the heart-warming story of an unlikely hero, who proves you can't blend in when you were born to stand out.

Choose Kind and sign the pledge at www.choosekind.org.au 


DEREK

Teaches us: be yourself, be caring, be heard, be proud. Be kind to animals. Love and respect senior citizens

Derek
Source: Netflix

“Kindness is magic because it makes you feel good whether you're the one handing it out, or the one receiving it. It's contagious” – Ricky Gervais (Derek)

Ricky Gervais’ Derek is the sweetest character ever put on TV – life has dealt him many unkind blows but he takes each and turns them into rainbows. Though not old himself, he lives in an aged care facility and everyday surprises the residents and workers with his love, kindness and devotion. The world would be a better place if there were more people like Derek. Ricky Gervais has taken comedy and injected it with a huge pulsing heart.


BATKID BEGINS

Teaches us: coming together for good, believing in wishes, believing in dreams

Batkid Beings
Source: KTF Films

This is the true story of the wish that was heard around the world. On one day, in one city, the world came together to grant one five-year-old cancer patient his wish. Batkid is a life-changing documentary that will make your heart melt and move you beyond belief. Have some tissues handy.


THE INTOUCHABLES

Teaches us: courage, acceptance, never giving up, one person can change a life

The Intouchables
Source: Quad Productions

One of French cinema’s biggest and most acclaimed hits (just remade in the U.S. as The Upside staring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart), The Intouchables is a buddy movie like no other – two men with seemingly nothing in common come together as wheel-chair bound client and care-giver... and both their lives are changed irrevocably. Insightful, inspiring, heart-warming and heart-breaking, this movie will make you believe in the power of friendship.


PAY IT FORWARD

Teaches us: it is better to give than receive, do something kind every day, change the world for the better

Pay It Forward
Source: Warner Bros

Based on the hit book, the moral of the story is when someone does you a good deed, don’t pay it back, pay it forward – this movement is started by a 12 year old boy (Haley Joel Osment) and its effect is ever growing and monumental, creating a tree of change that impacts lives forever.


I AM SAM
Teaches us: love can save the day, the unbreakable bond between a parent and child, everyone has the power to choose their destiny 

I Am Sam
Source: New Line Cinema

In his Oscar nominated role, Sean Penn is a single father with an intellectual disability who fights to maintain custody of his 7 year old daughter, Dakota Fanning. Despite the world trying to separate them at every turn, Sam teaches them that love is the most powerful weapon of all and the true meaning of what a family really is.


CALL THE MIDWIFE
Teaches us: duty, honour, sacrifice, helping others, solidarity

Call The midwife
Source: BBC

Call the Midwife draws passionate fans from all walks of life – and that’s because its themes of caring resonate within us all. Set in the cloistered world of the nurses and nuns working in the rough East End of London in the 1950s-1960s, this stunning series shines a spotlight on the disadvantaged, the vulnerable and the abused members shunned by society – unwed single mothers about to give birth. But as these fragile women face a hostile world, they have another group of women championing them, lifting their spirits and guiding them to be the best versions of themselves.


THE BLIND SIDE

Teaches us: help those less fortunate than yourself, unconditional love, every kind act is a ladder, a mother’s love

The Blind Side
Source: Alcon Entertainment

Based on the incredible true story of NFL star Michael Oher, whose life was changed when he was a homeless teen taken in by a family who encouraged him, loved him and gave him the resources to reach his full potential. Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress Academy Award for her role as the self-appointed ‘mum’ who championed Oher from the beginning, fighting for him at every roadblock. When they say ‘behind every great man is a great woman’ – this is what they’re talking about.

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