Sherlock Jr, Little Women and Singin' in the Rain among Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes' top 10 family films to get you through the rest of lockdown
Bishop's Stortford College student and Indie film reviewer Charlie Hughes picks his top 10 family films to watch to get you through the rest of lockdown with a smile on your face...
10. Meet Me In St Louis
Although more famous for The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland is perhaps most impressive in this joyous Hollywood musical from the 1940s.
Cycling through the four seasons, the narrative details the adventures of the Smith sisters, whose idyllic life in St Louis is threatened when their father proposes a move to the city. Listen out for some classic songs, including Skip To My Lou and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
9. The 400 Blows
Both adults and children will identify with the first entry in François Truffaut's Antoine Doinel saga, which chronicles the maturation of a misunderstood pre-teen from childhood to adulthood.
The revolutionary techniques, which mirror the young hero's rebellious nature, are second only to the film's remarkable empathy and emotional core.
8. Song of the Sea
The release of last year's Wolfwalkers cemented Cartoon Saloon's position as one of the world's finest animation studios, but it was 2014's Song of the Sea that put them on the map.
Using the pain-staking process of hand-draw animation, director Tomm Moore fashions an enchanting tale of a boy who encounters mythical creatures whilst living on a remote Irish island.
7. Little Women (2019)
A spirit of warmth and generosity elevates this immersive adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved novel about the life of the March sisters, featuring a show-stealing performance from Florence Pugh.
Among its many changes to the source are a narrative reshuffle and a timely feminist spin, ensuring Alcott's coming-of-age story remains as relevant as ever.
6. My Life as a Courgette
Céline Sciamma, director of Girlhood and Portrait of a Lady on Fire, sidestepped into stop-motion when she wrote the screenplay for this inspiring and hugely affecting animation.
Despite the bleak premise – a boy is sent to an orphanage after the death of his mother – the film is surprisingly uplifting, celebrating solidarity through friendship and family.
5. The Kid
The first feature outing from the legendary Charlie Chaplin sees his on-screen alter-ego, the Tramp, find and adopt a child left out on the street.
Chaplin's trademark slapstick is laugh-out-loud funny, but it's his penchant for pathos that shines through most in this timeless silent classic.
Endearing and emotional, this is surely one of the seminal films about family.
4. The Red Turtle
This lesser-known gem from world-renowned Studio Ghibli marks its first European co-production and a departure from its distinctive visual style.
Depicting a man's struggle to escape a desert island after being shipwrecked, The Red Turtle is a wordless allegory that communicates its story through images and sounds rather than dialogue, resulting in a profound and universal experience.
3. Singin' in the Rain
There are movie classics and then there's Singin' in the Rain, the satire of late-1920s Hollywood whose toe-tapping dance routines and iconic songs have become immortalised in popular culture.
It's the ultimate family musical, guaranteed to have you laughin', dancin' and singin' along in your living room.
2. Pinocchio (1940)
The marionette who dreams of being a real boy is the subject of arguably Disney's greatest film, a beautifully-illustrated magical adventure full of heart and imagination.
Like all the best fairy tales, it's a combination of humour, darkness and beauty that every generation can enjoy.
There are also two remakes on the way, from Robert Zemeckis and Guillermo Del Toro.
1. Sherlock Jr.
The universality of film is nowhere more evident than in the silent cinema of Buster Keaton, the comic genius whose films The General and Steamboat Bill, Jr. still stand up as some of the best of all time.
Yet this hour-long comedy about a projectionist escaping into the fantasy world of cinema might be his most modern, blurring the line between fantasy and reality.
Keaton does so with astonishing technical skill and hilarious results - a treat for the whole family!