Watchlist: Curators' Picks, Susie Evans (Kids over 5)

still from Kirikou and the Men and the Women
15 May 2020

Family Film Club cinema curator Susie Evans picks her favourite films for kids over 5

Kirikou and the Men and the Women (U) on Amazon / YouTube / Google Play

There's nothing like this dazzling animation from French animator, Michel Ocelot - based on traditional West African folk tales it features one of the feistiest heroes of recent memory. Watch the trailer

A Buster Keaton selection (U)
One Week / The Scarecrow / The Haunted House on YouTube or Sherlock Jr on BFI Player

If you're looking for something different to try with your younglings during lockdown, look no further than some classic slapstick - Buster Keaton's comic timing, crazy stunts and deadpan delivery are a joy to watch. Watch the trailer

Moomins and the Comet Chase (U) on Amazon

This dreamy adaptation follows Tove Jansson's lovable characters. It has an all-star Scandi voice cast (Alexander Skarsgård, Mads Mikkelsen, Stellan Skarsgård and the late Max von Sydow no less) and a title song by Björk – the word 'cool' doesn't cover it! Watch the trailer.

A Little Princess (U) on Amazon / YouTube / Google Play 

Before he was a major name in Hollywood with films like Roma, Gravity and Children of Men, Alfonso Cuarón directed this beautiful adaptation of Frances Hodgsen Burnett's emotional drama, with a sumptuous score from Patrick Doyle. Watch the trailer.

Big Bad Fox and Other Tales (U) on Amazon / YouTube / Google Play

This quirky trio of stories from the makers of Ernest and Celestine, follows the trials of a put-upon fox, his rivalry with the local chickens and the machinations of a smooth-talking wolf (voiced by Matthew Goode). Watch the trailer.
 

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