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 17 April.

 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Ch5, Sat 18 Apr, 12:30pm)

Dir. Ken Hughes, 1968, UK/USA, 146 mins, Cert U

Better known for writing James Bond thrillers, Ian Fleming also wrote the original novel that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on. The screenplay for the film was also co-written by Roald Dahl, whose stories appear regularly on this list. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remains a family classic, even after over 50 years, and children of all ages will adore the crazy characters, phantasmagorical story and marvellous songs.

When a penniless inventor turns a broken-down car into a fancy vehicle for his children, they embark on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Read more on IMDB here.

TRON (Disney+)

Dir. Steven Lisberger, 1982, USA, 94 mins, Cert PG

 

Now considered to be a special effects milestone, TRON was the last live action film Disney made for ten years. The film has gained cult status over the years eventually spawning a sequel, TRON: Legacy, 28 years after the original.

A video arcade owner and computer hacker is sucked into the digital world of a mainframe computer and forced to participate in gladiatorial games where his only chance of escape is with the help of a heroic security program.

The film was disqualified from receiving an Academy Award nomination for special effects, because the Academy felt at the time that using computers was "cheating" which is ironic considering how commonplace CGI now is in films.

Read more on IMDB here.

Kiki's Delivery Service (Netflix)

Dir. Hayao Miyazaki, 1989, Japan, 103 mins, Cert U

Another classic from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Mayazaki, Kiki's Delivery Service is a coming of age tale about a young witch, who at 13 has to spend a year living independently.

Arriving in the port city of Koriko with her black cat Jiji, Kiki befriends a baker who offers her accommodation in return for help. Kiki sets up a broomstick delivery service and catches the eye of a geeky boy who is impressed by her flying ability.

A lovely film about hope and self-belief that is a must-watch for everyone.

Read more on IMDB here.

Big Fish (Sony Movies, Sat 18 Apr, 11:10am)

Dir. Tim Burton, 2003, USA, 120 mins, Cert PG

Tim Burton turned his unique style of fantasy cinema to adapting this novel for the big screen with an A list cast including Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Marion Cotillard, Steve Buscemi, Helena Bonham Carter and Danny DeVito. The film's theme of reconciliation between a dying father and his son had special significance for Burton, as his father had died in 2000 and his mother in 2002, a month before he signed on to direct.

When a journalist realises that he doesn't really know his dying, estranged father, he is determined to separate the fact from the fictional stories he has been told all his life. As his father recounts old stories of werewolves, giants, witches, siamese twins, bank robbers and hidden cities, his son starts to realise that the truth is hidden between the lies.

Read more on IMDB here.

Charlotte's Web (Netflix)

Dir. Gary Winick, 2006, USA, 97 mins, Cert U

Based on the beloved children's book by E.B. White (who also wrote Stuart Little), this live action / CGI version has an all-star cast and wonderful score composed by Danny Elfman.

A young girl named Fern rescues a piglet named Wilbur. When Wilbur grows up he learns from the animals that, come winter, he will be slaughtered for food. Fearing for his life, he is befriended by Charlotte, a gentle and wise spider who vows to save him.

Read more on IMDB here.

Maleficent (Disney+)

Dir. Robert Stromberg, 2014, USA, 93 mins, Cert PG

Loosely inspired by the original fairy tale and DIsney's 1959 animated film Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent portrays the story from the perspective of the eponymous anti-hero, played by Angelina Jolie, in her highest ever grossing film role.

Growing up Maleficent has an idyllic life in a peaceful forest kingdom, until an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to protect the land, but is betrayed. Bent on revenge, she places a curse upon the king's newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom.

Jolie reprised her role in the equally entertaining sequel, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil in 2019.

Read more on IMDB here.

Shaun the Sheep Movie (Amazon Prime / CBBC, Fri 17 Apr, 6:15pm)

Dir. Mark Burton & Richard Starzak, 2015, UK/France/USA, 85 mins, Cert U

A spin off from the 1995 Wallace and Gromit adventure, A Close Shave and following on from the 2007 TV series, Shaun the Sheep Movie is the highly praised animated comedy from Aardman Animations.

When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it's up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to the green grass of home.

LYFF has been delighted to present modelmaking workshops led by Aardman animators for the last few years and we hope to invite them back next year when you will be able to make your very own Shaun character.

The sequel A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon was released in 2019.

Read more on IMDB here.

The LEGO Batman Movie (ITV2, Sun 19 Apr, 4:30pm)

Dir. Chris McKay, 2017, USA/Denmark, 102 mins, Cert U

Who knew that a two-inch tall LEGO figure would turn out to be one of the best incarnations of Batman ever?

A spin off from the original The LEGO Movie, The LEGO Batman Movie contains so many in-jokes that it would take too long to list them all here. It has non-stop laughs, pokes fun at comic book movies in general, and is never boring.

Batman learns that in order to thwart The Joker's latest nefarious plans, he needs to drop the lone vigilante thing, learn to work with others and lighten up.

Read more on IMDB here.

Paddington 2 (Amazon Prime / BBC iPlayer until 10 May)

Dir. Paul King, 2016, UK/France/USA/China, 101 mins, Cert PG

At LYFF, we love Paddington, so we were very happy when they made a sequel to the 2014 live action reboot of Michael Bond's loveable creation.

Paddington 2 continues where the original story left off, and finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family and a popular member of the local community. Determined to find the perfect present for Aunt Lydia's 100th birthday, he takes on a series of odd jobs, only to end up in prison.

Paddington 2 is one of the few films to have 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is the highest-rated film on the site.

Read more on IMDB here.

Wonderstruck (Amazon Prime)

Dir. Todd Haynes, 2017, USA, 116 mins, Cert PG

Originally previewed in Leeds International Film Festival in 2017, Wonderstruck is based on a novel by Brian Selznick and is directed by Todd Haynes (better known for adult dramas Velvet Goldmine and Carol).

It tells the story of of two children separated by fifty years. In 1927, young deaf girl Rose searches for the actress whose life she chronicles in her scrapbook, while in 1977 recenty orphaned Ben, also deaf, runs away from home to find his father. The scenes set in 1927 are shot in black and white, while the modern day story is in colour.

A charming family film about children that children can also enjoy.

Read more on IMDB here.