26 January, 9 February, 9 March 2017
£7 per person per film
Doors open 18.30, programme begins 19.00

Watch some of the most powerful films about childhood followed by panel discussions with leading academics, film critics and health professionals. See What’s On for the autumn film season.

The film seasons are brought to you by Centre for Childhood Cultures.

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Films from the previous Film Season:

Girlhood, 15

Thursday 9 March 2017

Oppressed by her family setting, dead-end prospects and the boys’ law in the neighbourhood, Marieme starts a new life after meeting a group of three free-spirited girls. She changes her name, her style, and quits school to be accepted in the gang, hoping that this will be a way to freedom. Directed by Céline Sciamma 2014.

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The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion between the following academics and critics:

  • Andrea Goddard, Consultant Paediatrician and Lead in Adolescent Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital, London
  • Sandra Hebron, Head of Screen Studies at National Film and Television School, former Artistic Director of London Film Festival
  • Prof Danya Glaser, Visiting Professor at UCL and honorary consultant child & adolescent psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
  • Dr Carlene Firmin MBE, Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Contextual Safeguarding Research Programme at the University of Bedfordshire, Founder of MsUnderstood Partnership.

Previous films in the season:

Au Revoir Les Enfants, 12A

Thursday 26 January 2017

A Holocaust Memorial day Event. Follow the friendship of two 12 year-old boys in a boarding school in France during World War II in Malle’s semi-autobiographical masterpiece about childhood, friendship and betrayal.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion between the following academics and critics:

  • Dr Robin Basu Roy, Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Oxford
  • Prof Ginette Vincendeau, Film Studies Department, King’s College London
  • Stephen Baker, Association of Child Psychotherapy
  • Martin Winstone, Education Officer at Holocaust Education Trust

Ivan’s Childhood, 12A

Thursday 9 February 2017

“Tarkovsky’s debut boasts one of the greatest openings in film history in the story of a scarred boy who knows nothing but war, existing as an army scout… [its] pure audacity and visual beauty are electrifying” The Guardian.

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion between the following academics and critics:

  • Dr Robin Basu Roy, Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Oxford
  • Professor Stephen Lovell, Russian History King’s College London
  • Dr Jeremy Hicks, Reader in Russian Culture and Film, Queen Mary University of London
  • Speakers from the Children & War Foundation, Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London