December Family Fun at BFI Southbank

December 1, 2009toDecember 31, 2009

5 Dec
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppets’ take on the classic Dickens Christmas story is colourful, musical and joyous. Michael Caine is a convincing Scrooge and who could imagine anyone else but Kemit the Frog as Bob Cratchit. Containing all the narrative ingredients and messages of the original, this will have you laying off those ghosts of Christmas Past and Present and embracing those for the future (for one day, at least).

  • 86min U
  • Sat 5 Dec 14:00 NFT3
  • Tue 8 Dec 11:00 NFT2 – Parent and Toddler screening

6 Dec
The Wonderful World of Smallfilms
Programmed as a tribute to the late Oliver Postgate on the first anniversary of his death, this event is geared towards our younger audiences and will feature favourite episodes from shows such as The Clangers, Ivor the Engine, Pogles Wood and of course, ‘The Mouse Mill’, a classic episode of Bagpuss. Along with Peter Firmin, Postgate created Smallfilms, an outlet for their beautifully made labours of love, all hand produced and with plenty of heart.

  • Sun 6 Dec 13:30 NFT1

12 Dec
The Wizard of Oz
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a trip over the rainbow to Oz as Dorothy’s house crushes the Witch of the East which in turn stirs up trouble with the witch’s sister and some scary flying monkeys. Her trip on the yellow brick road ensures that she makes some new friends, sings some songs and eventually realises that there’s no place like home.

  • 98min Digital U
  • Sat 12 Dec 13:20 NFT3

13 Dec
TV preview: Ingenious + Q&A with Jeanette Winterson
Written by Jeanette Winterson for CBBC, Ingenious tells the story of 11-year-old Sally, who lives on a farm with her grandmother and friends Spike and Patch. They never imagine that the genies they read about in The Arabian Nights might exist, until they find an ancient glass bottle with something inside. Thus begins an exciting adventure; a fast mix of the crazy and the curious, the magical and the mundane.
We are delighted that Jeanette Winterson will introduce the screening, and hope to welcome cast and crew for a discussion and Q&A

  • Sun 13 Dec 14.00 NFT1
  • 58 min

13 Dec
Film Funday Dragons and Magic Workshop
Do you love dragons and all the magic and mystery that surrounds them? Come along to our special Ingenious workshop and make up your own dragon story. Draw pictures or make a model of your amazing creation and tell us all about about the journeys your dragons went on before landing up at BFI Southbank! With the chance to animate your drawings and models, enter our storyboard and storytelling competition and win some magical prizes – be sure to dust off your dragons and join us for this fantastical workshop.

  • Sun 13 Dec 12:00 Foyer

17 Dec
The Wizard of Oz
Christmas wouldn’t be complete without a trip over the rainbow to Oz as Dorothy’s house crushes the Witch of the East which in turn stirs up trouble with the witch’s sister and some scary flying monkeys. Her trip on the yellow brick road ensures that she makes some new friends, sings some songs and eventually realises that there’s no place like home.

  • 98min Digital U
  • Thu 17 Dec 14:30 NFT1

18, 19, 27, 30 Dec
It’s a Wonderful Li fe
What would the world be like if George Bailey never existed? This is the question posed and answered by an angel who visits Bailey when he is at his lowest ebb. In this classic tale, he soon faces up to the fact that he has touched many people in his life and that without him, the world would have been far less wonderful. Set on Christmas Eve, this uplifting, family favourite is guaranteed to bring a little warmth to even the coldest of days.

  • 129min U
  • Fri 18 Dec 14:00 NFT1
  • Sat 19 Dec 12:40 NFT1
  • Sun 27 Dec 20:30 NFT1
  • Wed 30 Dec 20:30 NFT1

20, 28 & 29 Dec
Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D
In Halloween Town, the king is getting bored. Scaring people just isn’t fun any more. He sets his sights on Christmas Town, covered in snow and full of tinsel and joy. Attempts to demonstrate seasonal goodwill seem to get lost in translation when instead of toys in their sacks the children start receiving rats and shrunken heads. Surely this can’t mean the end of Christmas as we know it?

  • 80min PG
  • Sun 20 Dec 13:30 NFT1
  • Mon 28 Dec 15:10 NFT1
  • Tue 29 Dec 14:30 NFT1

Screenings for adults with young children
Our Parent & Baby screenings are especially for parents and guardians with under-2s in tow. You can watch the film without worrying about noise coming from the audience.

For more information

www.bfi.org.uk