Family movies at the London Film Festival
This year’s BFI London Film Festival runs from the 4th to the 15th of October, and public booking opens today. There are hundreds of films for grown-ups, including Andy Serkis’ directorial debut Breathe, the award-winning The Shape Of Water, and the sports drama Battle Of The Sexes with Emma Stone and you can view the entire festival brochure and book tickets by clicking here.
As well as upcoming movies (and often, potential Oscar winners – last year’s festival line up included La La Land) for older audiences, there are always some interesting family movies in the festival and this year is no exception. Below are the Movies4Kids pick of the family movies to take the kids to – do book early, however, as they will all be very popular.
The Big Bad Fox And Other Tales
Three farmyard tales are told in this French animated comedy that should delight kids aged six and over. There’s ‘A Baby To Deliver’, ‘The Perfect Christmas’ and our favourite, ‘The Big Bad Fox’, in which the eponymous villain steals some eggs only for them to hatch, and the cute little chicks believe he is their mother.
Big Fish & Begonia
Beautiful Chinese animation for the over-8s, this is a fantasy story about a mystical world beneath ours. When the inhabitants turn 16, they visit us to observe, and when Chun leaves her magical realm she takes the form of a dolphin and goes on an adventure involving a young human boy.
12-year-old Belgian Niilas is sent away to spend the summer with his mother in Swedish Lapland in this live action drama. Unhappy about his situation, he plans to leave and return home, and discovers that the natural world he is exploring can be both beautiful and dangerous. For ages 8+.
Ivan Tsarevitch And The Changing Princess
French animator Michel Ocelot brings together a collection of fairy tales for this animated adventure, including The Sorcerer’s Pupil, about a Persian boy who becomes an apprentice to a powerful magician, The Mistress of Monsters, in which a young girl challenges the monsters that strike fear in everyone, and the title story, that follows an exciting journey to save the life of a Tsar. For ages 8+.
Lu Over The Wall
This award-winning Japanese animation is the story of young Kai, who befriends a mermaid named Lu. She loves music and is vulnerable to sunlight, and their story, and that of the fishing village where Kai lives that is under threat, is a really enjoyable one for kids over the age of 10.