Although Leeds Young Film Festival 2020 has been postponed due to Coronavirus, we want to make sure that you still have the opportunity to watch and discover new films, along with some family favourites.

To help you navigate the world of online streaming we will be suggesting ten films you can watch as a family each Friday, along with where to find them. Some of the films require either a Netflix, Amazon Prime or Disney+ account but we know most households have at least one of these (and all are offering a free trial before you have to subscribe). We will also ensure that we include some free-to-watch films as well which only requires you to have a TV Licence.

Here are the selections for w/c Friday 1 May.


Mary Poppins (Disney+)

Dir. Robert Stevenson, 1964, USA, 139 mins, Cert U

Mary Poppins

Winner of five Oscars, this magical musical took Walt Disney over 30 years to get made as the book's author didn't want her story adapted into a film. Fortunately for fans everywhere she relented and Mary Poppins became the timeless hit wonder we all know and love.

In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father. Full of wonderful songs, you wil be singing Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious for days afterwards!

Read more on IMDB here.

Swallows and Amazons (BBC iPlayer until 17 May)

Dir. Claude Whatham, 1974, UK, 90 mins, Cert U

Swallows and Amazons

A classic British children's adventure film set in the 1920s about four children on holiday in the Lake District, who meet two tomboys. The children name themselves The Swallows while their two friends become The Amazons, and together they embark on a series of adventures.

A charming tale that still resonates today due to its timeless landscape and delightful, wholesome story. A true family favourite.

Read more on IMDB here.

The Spongebob Squarepants Movie (Film4, Sun 3 May, 11am)

Dirs. Stephen Hillenburg & Mark Osborne, 2004, USA, 87 mins, Cert U

Based on the award-winning cult animated Nickelodeon TV show, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie is fun for kids and adults alike.

After King Neptune's crown is stolen, SpongeBob and Patrick go on a 6 day quest to retrieve his crown. While they are away someone is taking over the town of Bikini Bottom and SpongeBob and Patrick must defeat this mastermind before it's too late.

There's laugh out loud moments, annoying songs, cameos and David Hasselhoff.

Read more on IMDB here.

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride (Amazon Prime / ITV2, Sat 2 May, 3:20pm)

Dirs. Tim Burton & Mike Johnson, 2005, USA/UK, 77 mins, Cert PG

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride

A LYFF favourite, Tim Burton returns to stop motion after The Nightmare Before Christmas with this gothic horror tale about a shy young groom-to-be who inadvertantly finds himself married to an undead bride.

The film was the first to be shot on commerical still photography cameras and consists of over 100,000 frames of animation.

Read more on IMDB here.

Akeelah and the Bee (Film4, Sat 2 May, 2:35pm)

Dir. Doug Atchison, 2006, USA, 112 mins, Cert 12A

Akeelah and the Bee

A remarkable drama based around the real national US spelling bee competition. A young African American girl from South Los Angeles with a tough homelife tries to make it to the National Spelling Bee. Starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburn.

Would you be able to spell prestidigitation, pterodactyl, xanthosis or soliterraneous (just some of the words in the competition)?

Read more on IMDB here.

Monsters vs. Aliens (BBC1, Sat 2 May, 2:15pm)

Dirs. Rob Letterman & Conrad Vernon, 2009, USA, 94 mins, Cert PG

Monsters vs. Aliens

The opening film of the 10th edition of LYFF, Dreamworks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens was their most expensive animation ever made and, while created for kids, has lots of in-jokes and references to old movies that many parents and adults will enjoy.

After getting hit by a meteorite, Susan Murphy turns into a giant on her wedding day. She is then made a part of the monster team to defeat an evil alien named Gallaxhar from destroying the earth.

A sequel was cancelled after Dreamworks was sold to ComCast but fans hope that one day Susan and the team may well return to the big screen. We hope so too.

Read more on IMDB here.

Mary & Max (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Adam Elliot, 2009, Australia, 92 mins, Cert 12A

Mary and Max

Another LYFF favourite. Beautiful claymation film about the power of friendship, overcoming loss and lonliness and living with Asperger's.

A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York.

If you enjoyed Mary & Max, have a look for Adam Elliot's short film, Harvey Krumpet, which won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 2003.

Read more on IMDB here.

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (CH4, Sun 3 May, 5:35pm)

Dir. Shawn Levy, 2014, USA/UK, 98 mins, Cert PG

NIght at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

The third and final Night at the Museum film, directe by Shaun Levy, who went on to direct Stranger Things.

Larry, the nightwatchman at the Museum of Natural History in New York, realises that something is wrong with the magical tablet that brings his historical friends to life at night. Discovering that the answer may be found at the British Museum he sets off to London with several of the exhibits in tow to save them from disappearing.

Unlike many sequels, the quality of the Night at the Museum films remains consistently high and the final installment is funny, exciting and moving. A fitting tribute to Robin Williams, in his last on-screen role.

Read more on IMDB here.

The BFG (Netflix / Amazon Prime)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, 2016, USA/UK/India, 117 mins, Cert PG


The first film Steven Spielberg directed for Disney in his 50 year career, The BFG is a remarkable live action adaptation (following the 1989 animated version) that remains very truthful to Roald Dahl's book.

A young orphan girl, Sophie, befriends a giant, who is an outcast because, unlike other giants, he refuses to hurt children. However, things change after the other giants decide to hunt down Sophie and they turn to the Queen of England for help.

A big hit at LYFF and a return to Spielberg at his best.

Read more on IMDB here.

Early Man (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Nick Park, 2018, UK/France/USA, 89 mins, Cert PG

Early Man

Screening in LYFF 2018, Early Man is a hilarious comedy from Aardman Animations and director Nick Park about cavemen, evolution and football.

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth, Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.

LYFF has presented workshops from Aardman modelmakers where you can make your own characters to take home, including a HogNob from Early Man. Keep an eye out to see which characters will be available to make at the next edition of the festival.

Read more on IMDB here.