In light of the recent renewal in non-theatrical distribution and exhibition, the proposed paper will engage with three crucial moments in British film history corresponding to different sites of intersection between film and education. Firstly, by way of reference to the Film Society archive and articles by Bryher published in the Times Educational Supplement, I shall argue that in the late 1920s and early 1930s there was a campaign simultaneously directed towards the validation of film as a means of education and information in Britain as much as a medium of artistic expression. The society’s founding members (including not just Montagu but also the popularising scientists, Huxley and Haldane, and the popularising historian, Wells, alongside the young Hitchcock) proselytised for films which distinguished themselves as art by the distance they demonstrated from theatre. Secondly, I shall discuss the introduction of practical and theoretical courses in film to British Universities in the late 1960s and early 1970s by way of reference to a particular case study (now known as the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television), the BFI publication Screen and the Journal of the University Film Association. Thirdly, I shall comment on the current adoption of film (and video and DVD) as a means of teaching a variety of academic disciplines in schools and universities, ranging from English literature through foreign languages to history, philosophy and religion (as witnessed by the proliferation of subsets of books and journals). The core question to be addressed across these three sites will be: what is the difference – and to whom does this difference matter – between teaching film and using film to teach something else?