Although Leeds Young Film Festival 2020 has been postponed due to Covid-19, 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 10 April.

 

Lord of the Flies (5Select, Sun 12 Apr, 11:05am)

Dir. Peter Brook, 1963, UK, 92 mins, Cert PG

Anyone looking for a bit more of a challenging film this weekend should consider watching this 1963 adaptation of William Golding's famous novel, The Lord of the Flies. It is a fascinating film about about anarchy and how the thin veneer of civilisation is so easliy threatened when our 'normal' way of life is disrupted.

A group of about 30 schoolboys are evacuated from England following the outbreak of war. When their plane crashes the boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, two opposing groups form - one group want to build shelters and collect food, whereas the other would rather have fun and hunt. Soon the two groups become enemies and turn on each other.

Read more on IMDB here.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (ITV, Sun 12 Apr, 2:35pm)

Dir. Mel Stuart, 1971, USA, East Germany, West Germany, Belgium, 100 mins, Cert U

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

 Another adaptation from a Roald Dahl book, Roger Ebert perfectly summed up the film in his review that described it as "delightful, funny, scary, exciting and, most of all, a genuine work of imagination". Gene Wilder is brilliant as the zany and eccentric Willy Wonka while many of the songs have become timeless classics.

A poor child named Charlie Bucket who, after finding a winning Golden Ticket in a chocolate bar, visits Willy Wonka's chocolate factory along with four other children from around the world, where one will win a lifetime's supply of chocolate. One by one mild disasters befall each of the other horrible children but Charlie is determined to make it to the end and win the prize.

Read more on IMDB here.

Matilda (Netflix / CH5, Sat 11 Apr, 2:35pm)

Dir. Danny DeVito, 1996, USA, 98 mins, Cert PG

Matilda

Fans of Roald Dahl will be delighted by this wonderful adaptation of Matilda, directed by and starring Danny deVito.

Young genius Matilda is often neglected and mistreated by her parents, so she spends much of her time at the public library, finding solace in books. Sent to a school run by the evil Miss Trunchbull she soon makes friends and a kindly teacher takes interest in her. Fed up with the constant cruelty, Matilda discovers she has special powers and is in a position to turn the tables on her parents and outwit the principal. A joyously subversive film that children (and parents) everywhere will enjoy.

Read more on IMDB here.

Spirited Away (Netflix)

Dir. Hayao Mayazaki, 2003, Japan, 125 mins, Cert PG

Spirited Away

Following the recommendation of My Neighbour Totoro a couple of weeks ago (which is still available to view on Netflix), Hayao Mayazaki's Spirited Away is a darker film than its predecessor, but is still wonderful to behold.

Chihiro is a 10-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighbourhood, finds a disused fairground which is the gateway to a world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits. After her parents are turned into pigs by a witch, Chihiro must find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

Based on the 10 year old daughter of a close friend, Miyazaki's animated masterpiece became the most successful film in Japanese history when it was released in 2001. It won the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Animated Feature and is the only hand-drawn and non-English-language animated film to win that award.

In 2016, it was voted the fourth-best film of the 21st century, making it the highest-ranking animated film on the list and was also named the second "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by the New York Times.

Read more on IMDB here.

Super 8 (E4, Sat 11 Apr, 6:50pm)

Dir. J.J. Abrams, 2011, USA, 112 mins, Cert 12

Super 8

The Eighties was a glorious time for children's adventure films, such as The Goonies, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, The NeverEnding Story and many more. Director J.J. Abrams wanted to create a homage to these films of his youth and to producer, Steven Spielberg. The success of Super 8 led to a rise in similarly themed films and TV series such as Stranger Things and the IT remake.

In the summer of 1979, a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. Investigating a series of unexplained events in their town they discover the terrifying and unimaginable truth.

Read more on IMDB here.

AntBoy (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Ask Hasselbalch, 2013, Denmark, 77 mins, Cert PG

AntBoy

Not all superheroes are adults or American, as this wonderful action adventure from Denmark proves. An audience favourite in Leeds Young Film Festival 2015, the film has gone on to produce two sequels (also screened in LYFF) both of which are also available on Amazon Prime.

12-year-old Pelle is bitten by an ant and develops superpowers. Aided by comic book nerd Wilhelm, Pelle creates a secret identity as superhero AntBoy. When a super villain The Flea enters the scene, AntBoy must step up to the challenge.

Read more on IMDB here.

Moana (Disney+)

Dirs. Ron Clements & John Musker, 2016, USA, 107 mins, Cert PG

Moana

Considered by many critics to be a return to the quality Disney animations of old, Moana is the 56th Disney animated feature film and is remarkable for its attention to the Polynesian culture that it represents. Practically all the cast are of Polynesian descent including Hawaiian newcomer Auli'i Cravalho who plays Moana.

Moana is the strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village, who is chosen by the ocean itself to reunite a mystical relic with the goddess Te Fiti. When a blight strikes her island, Moana sets sail in search of Maui, a legendary demigod, in the hope of returning the relic to Te Fiti and saving her people.

When he first gets his hook and is trying to shapeshift, Maui changes into various animals. If you look carefully, for a split second, he turns into Sven the Reindeer from Frozen. Although it's a computer-animated film, Maui's tattoos are hand-drawn. This is the first full-length Disney animated feature film since Winnie the Pooh (2011) to feature pure hand-drawn animation.

Read more on IMDB here.

Kubo and the Two Strings (Film4, Sat 11 Apr, 12:35pm)

Dir. Travis Knight, 2016, USA/Japan, 101 mins, Cert PG

Kubo and the Two Strings

Winner of the BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, Kubo and the Two Strings is a stunning fantasy adventure from Laika Studios who are renown for creating stop-motion animations including Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls (recommended last week) and last year's Missing Link (which was to feature in LYFF2020).

Kubo is a young boy who wields a magical shamisen (a Japanese stringed instrument) and whose left eye was stolen during infancy. When vengeful spirits from his past return to wreak havoc, Kubo must must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior, in order to subdue his mother's corrupt Sisters and battle his power-hungry grandfather, Raiden the Moon King.

The Skeleton Demon is the largest stop-motion puppet ever to be built for a film, standing at eighteen feet tall and the film is the longest stop-motion film ever to be made at 101 minutes.

Read more on IMDB here.

A Monster Calls (BBC iPlayer until 5 May)

Dir. J.A. Bayona, 2016, UK/Spain/USA, 108 mins, Cert 12

A Monster Calls

Spanish director J.A. Bayona exploded onto the scene with the horror movie The Orphanage, which received critical praise around the world. Here he turns his talents to adapting a dark fantasy coming-of-age story which is incredibly moving.

Conor is a child whose mother is terminally ill; one night, he is visited by a monster in the form of a giant yew tree (played by Liam Neeson), who states that he will come back and tell Conor three stories.

Read more on IMDB here.

Journey to Oz (Amazon Prime)

Dirs. Fyodor Dmitriev, Darina Shmidt , 2017, Russia, 91 mins, Age 5+

Journey to Oz

Journey to Oz is a Russian reboot of the classic story that brings Dorothy and the characters from Oz firmly into the 21st century while introducing some great new heroes and villians. The sequel Return To Oz will screen later in the year in the postponed Leeds Young People's Film Festival, so catch up on the first film now.

The cunning and wicked Urfin Jus wants to become ruler of Magic Land. With an army of wooden soldiers, he captures the Emerald City and renames it ti Urfinville. When an ordinary girl named Dorothy arrives in Magic Land she is determined to help her new friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and new-brave Lion, defeat Urfin and find her way back home.

Read more on IMDB here.

Raiders of the Lost Ark (BBC1, Fri 10 Apr, 6:40pm)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1981, USA, 115 mins, Cert PG

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (BBC1, Sat 11 Apr, 6:25pm)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1984, USA, 118 mins, Cert 12

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (BBC1, Sun 12 Apr, 4:35pm)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, 1989, USA, 127 mins, Cert PG

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (BBC1, Mon 13 Apr, 6:40pm)

Dir. Steven Spielberg, 2008, USA, 122 mins, Cert 12

Indiana Jones

As it's Easter weekend we've added an extra recommendation and a truly guilty pleasure!

BBC1 are screening all four Indiana Jones movies over the weekend, one on each day, so fans of the hat-wearing, whip-cracking, archaeologist adventurer can enjoy the whole saga again. Yes, we know you've probably all seen them before but sometimes (especially now) you just want something familiar and comforting that you can lose yourself in for a couple of hours.

For anyone who doesn't know the stories (which, unless you are a hermit, is frankly unbelievable), the saga follows the adventures of archaeologist Indiana Jones as he scours the world for lost treasure, getting into trouble with Nazis, evil shamen and even alien civilisations on the way.

Read more on IMDB here.

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