From fairy­tales to fan­tasy ad­ven­ture, takes a look at a new ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the best chil­dren’s films.

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Seven Days -

NE Satur­day af­ter­noon dur­ing the win­ter of 1988, a friend and I queued ner­vously out­side the old ABC Cin­ema in Leeds. We were there to see Flow­ers in the At­tic, the film of Vir­ginia An­drew’s dis­turb­ing novel – a wellthumbed copy of which had al­ready done the rounds at school. The only prob­lem was it had been given a 15 cer­tifi­cate; we had just turned 14 and looked even younger.

The lib­eral ap­pli­ca­tion of bright red lip­stick wasn’t enough to con­vince the woman at the box of­fice. Hav­ing fluffed our bo­gus dates of births, she spared our blushes by po­litely sug­gest­ing that we might like to chose an­other film, which is how we came to be sit­ting in a largely empty au­di­to­rium watch­ing The Princess Bride. I’d never read Wil­liam Gold­man’s book on which it was based, but by the time the clos­ing cred­its rolled, I al­ready knew that I would al­ways be in debt to the Bri­tish Board of Film Clas­si­fi­ca­tion. It was and is one of my all-time favourite films. A few months later when I bought a copy of the orig­i­nal fairy story, it also be­came one of my favourite books. “Ask most peo­ple about their favourite films from their child­hood and you won’t just get a list of ti­tles, you’ll get a whole out­pour­ing of nos­tal­gia,” says Claire Hamp­ton, cu­ra­tor of film and broad­cast at the National Me­dia Mu­seum which has just opened a new ex­hi­bi­tion ded­i­cated to the chil­dren’s books which have trans­ferred from the page to the big screen. “We were look­ing for an event to stage over the sum­mer which would ap­peal to fam­i­lies and I knew Seven Sto­ries, the National Cen­tre for Chil­dren’s Sto­ries in New­cas­tle has a fan­tas­tic track record for stag­ing re­ally en­gag­ing exhibitions.

“All of a sud­den it just fell into place and we de­cided that if we pooled our ex­per­tise we could stage a re­ally ex­cit­ing event which ex­plored how and why chil­dren’s books


IN THE BE­GIN­NING: Alice Lid­dell in pro­file, fac­ing right, 1858, pic­ture by Lewis Car­roll. Alice be­came the in­spi­ra­tion for Car­roll’s most fa­mous story.

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