12th September: New on DVD for Families

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Each week we look at the cinema releases for young kids to teens, under the age of 18.

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First up is one recommended by the experts at our friends, the film education charity FILMCLUB…

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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Cert: 12A

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Duration: 130 minutes

Year produced: 2011

Director: Rob Marshall

Cast: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Sam Claflin

Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow for more swashbuckling japes in the fourth installment of the film series famously adapted from a Disneyland ride.

This time, Captain Jack is searching for the fountain of youth. As if that wasn’t difficult enough, he has competition in the shape of the ferocious Blackbeard (played by Ian McShane), and his crafty daughter, played by Penelope Cruz.

There is also the hazardous business of getting a tear from a mermaid, which may not sound too challenging, but these are a particularly deadly (and brilliantly rendered) type of mermaid.

Like this? Then also try these great films: Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, U), Treasure Island (1972, PG), Blackbeard’s Ghost (1968, U), Muppet Treasure Island (1996, U), The Crimson Pirate (1952, PG)

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A completely different type of film, but this one also gets the FILMCLUB stamp of approval!

Jig

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Cert: PG

Duration: 97 minutes

Year produced: 2011

Director: Sue Bourne

Cast: n/a

There are tans, tears, diamante and desperation in this enjoyable documentary that looks behind the scenes of the 40th Irish Dancing World Championships.

Rich with charming, emotional and frequently amusing detail, it follows the highs and lows of the competitive process, as colourful characters of all ages and nationalities descend on Glasgow for a week of fancy-footed drama.

From Northern Ireland 10-year-old and first-time attendee, Brogan, to the Dutch teen veteran, Sandun, who regards Irish dancing as his salvation, these talents have dedicated their lives to the jig.

But after all the incredibly hard work and thousands of pounds spent on elaborate costumes, can they hold themselves together for their turn under the spotlight? Or will the escalating rivalry and tension take its toll?

Like this? Then also try these great films: Rize (2005, 12), Mad Hot Ballroom (2005, U), Only When I Dance (2009, PG), StreetDance (2010, PG)

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One more film, also with the FILMCLUB stamp of approval!

Vidal Sassoon: The Movie

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Cert: PG

Duration: 93 minutes

Year produced: 2011

Director: Craig Teper

Cast: Mary Quant, Ronnie Sasson, Vidal Sasson

Join the vibrant swinging sixties in this fascinating new documentary about world famous British hairdresser Vidal Sasson, who shaped literally shaped the style of the 1960’s and changed the world with a pair of scissors!

You probably know his name from a shampoo bottle, but this remarkable man not only created one of the world’s most enduringly stylish haircuts (“the bob”), but he fought for his own self-invention after growing up in a London orphanage.

This is recommended viewing for anyone interested in fashion history, particularly the fads and trends of ‘swinging’ sixties London, and it features interviews with, among others, Mary Quant – pioneer of the miniskirt and hot pants!

Like this? Then also try these great films: Alfie (1966, 15), Darling (1965, 15), Hairspray (2007, PG), The September Issue (2009, 12), Good Hair (2009, 12)

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