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Watchlist: Curators' Picks - Susie's films for kids 8+

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30 May 2020

Our Family Film Club cinema curator Susie Evans picks her favourite films for kids over 8

Spirited Away (PG) on Netflix

If you've never sat down to watch a Ghibli film with your kids, this is most definitely the one to try. The fantastical world that director Miyazaki and his team creates will stay with you for a long time after the credits have rolled. Watch the trailer.

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial (U) on Amazon / YouTube / Google Play

If you haven't watched this with your family yet, now's the time to introduce them to Elliot and E.T. – one of the most powerful on-screen friendships ever to grace the silver screen. Keep some tissues at the ready though, the final moments are some of the most beautiful in the history of cinema.Watch the trailer.

Safety Last! (U) on YouTube / Amazon (DVD to buy)

If you're looking to branch out into a bit of film history during lock down, Safety Last! is a great place to show the kids some death-defying stunts and hilarious jokes. Harold Lloyd's ascent up a skyscraper will have you biting your nails till the very end. Watch the trailer.

Willow (PG) on Disney+ / Amazon / YouTube / Google Play

Directed by Ron Howard with a story by George Lucas, this is a cross between Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal with some Indiana Jones action thrown in for good measure. Starring the fantastic Warwick Davies as the titular character and a score from James Horner (performed by the London Symphony Orchestra) – what's not to love?! Watch the trailer.

Danny the Champion of the World (U) on Amazon (DVD to buy)

This often forgotten and faithful adaptation of the much-loved Roald Dahl story stars a host of familiar UK faces, including Jeremy Irons, Robbie Coltrane and Jimmy Nail! It’s pure magic from start to finish. Buy the DVD.

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