Family Films

Films for kids have changed dramatically over the last 100 years, as seen in this family-friendly collection.

Here you can find tales of mountaineering adventure in the Lake District with Eagle Rock (1965) or fall into the magic of Alice in Wonderland (1903), which still has the capacity to enchant younger viewers despite being the first version ever put onto celluloid. Never less than thoroughly entertaining, these films are bound to drum up nostalgia in adults whilst introducing younger audiences to the delights of early British family film.

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Vote for FrogletVote for Froglet

Animation & Artists Moving Image19747 mins

As the general election is held in the UK, it's polling day for the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.

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Amelia and the AngelAmelia and the Angel

Amateur film195826 mins Location: South Kensington

A young angel scours London for her wings in this tender short by the young Ken Russell.

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Eagle RockEagle Rock

Children's196562 mins Location: Lake District National Park

A teenage boy breaks all the rules of rock climbing to reach the top of an off-limits Lake District mountain.

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Wings of MysteryWings of Mystery

Children's196355 minsDirector: Gilbert Gunn

A thrilling chase through Sheffield’s steelworks with young Don and Jane, looking for clues after the theft of a secret alloy.

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The Christmas VisitorThe Christmas Visitor

Animation & Artists Moving Image19587 mins

The Night Before Christmas meets Toy Story in this charming British cartoon from 1958.

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Adventure in the HopfieldsAdventure in the Hopfields

Children's195459 mins Location: Goudhurst

Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.

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The Ballad of the Battered BicycleThe Ballad of the Battered Bicycle

Children's19479 mins

Henry demonstrates his two-wheel tomfoolery, but there's no happy ending for this bike.

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Toys Will Be ToysToys Will Be Toys

Animation & Artists Moving Image19885 mins Location: South Shields

Barbie dolls in pink battle khaki killing machines in a Christmas animation that cocks a snook at the “Disney Doctrine”.

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It's a Bike!It's a Bike!

Sponsored film198321 mins Location: Yaxley

A ripe slice of 80s cheese: a lively, rapping cautionary tale for the young cyclist.

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Alice in WonderlandAlice in Wonderland

Fantasy190310 minsSilent

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale, made just 37 years after the novel’s publication and eight years after the birth of cinema.

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Elsie and the Brown BunnyElsie and the Brown Bunny

Advert19218 mins Location: Bournville

This early Cadbury advert plays like a surreal outtake from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

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