For the last sixteen weeks, since lockdown began and Leeds Young Film Festival was postponed, we have been recommending a number of family films to watch each week, to help you navigate the huge amount of content available for free on TV and across the most popular streaming platforms. These have included many new and little-known films, along with some family favourites.
As lockdown restrictions are being lifted, life is returning to (some kind of) normal and cinemas are re-opening, we have decided to reduce the recommendations each week to just a few titles, all of which will be available to watch for free (with a TV licence).
Alongside these weekly recommendations, we have also created a list of the top ten family film recommendations that are available on the most popular streaming platforms (Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+) that you can watch anytime, as long as you have a subscription. You can find these top ten lists here.
In addition to this week's selection, we also have the top ten list of films that children have been watching during lockdown, chosen by children themselves. The BBFC commissioned a poll of over 1,000 children to see which films they would most likely choose to watch if they needed cheering up. Top of the list for children aged 4-11 was Trolls (U), with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12) topping the list for children aged 12-13. The full list includes Trolls (U); Frozen (PG); The Boss Baby (U); The Greatest Showman (PG); The Lego Movie (U); Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12); Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (PG), Inside Out (U), Finding Nemo (U) and Spiderman: Into The Spider-verse (PG). We're very pleased to say that eight of these have been included in our recommendations over the last few months. You can read the full report on the BBFC's website here.
Here are the selections for w/c Friday 17 July.
Maleficent (BBC1, Sat 18 Jul, 5:15pm)
Dir. Robert Stromberg, 2014, USA, 93 mins, Cert PG
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (E4, Sat 18 Jul, 6:40pm)
Dir. Francis Lawrence, 2014, USA, 123 mins, Cert 12
Epic (Film4, Sun 19 Jul, 2:40pm)
Dir. Chris Wedge, 2013, USA, 102 mins, Cert U
Stand By Me (Ch5, Sun 19 Jul, 4:30pm)
Dir. Rob Reiner, 1986, USA, 89 mins, Cert 15
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (E4, Sun 19 Jul, 6:15pm)
Dir. Francis Lawrence, 2015, USA, 137 mins, Cert 12