Our top family film picks


The schools are closed, the kids are home and parents across the country are finding new ways to keep their children entertained indoors. We take our hats off to all of the parents, guardians, carers and teachers out there keeping the magic of childhood alive during the strangest of times.

We’ve turned to our Children and Young People’s Coordinator, Rebecca, for inspiration for all of our at-home family film nights (and mornings, and afternoons…). Read on to discover her top picks for film fans of all ages.

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When I started working at GFT as Children and Young People’s Coordinator, I was absolutely thrilled. I have a deep love for almost any family classic you can think of and the joy they can bring, so I’ve put together a little list of inspiration for your family movie time during the next few weeks. All my choices are available on Netflix, BBC or Channel 4, which means they will be available to the widest number of people. Happy watching!

Top tip:

Children are like little learning sponges and film is a great way to introduce new topics and skills in an easy way.

If you want to help your child do some extra learning during this time, try adjusting the language settings on Netflix to help them learn French, Spanish or a number of languages. When you’re watching the film just click the button for subtitles at the bottom. Under ‘audio’, select the language you wish, and then select ‘English subtitles’ – an instant Modern Language lesson! 

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Annie (U)

Annie was the first to teach us that the sun will come out tomorrow, and you can spend your time waiting with this plucky orphan as she wins the heart of Daddy Warbucks, and us all. Watch it on Netflix.

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The Flintstones (U)

By avoiding CGI and using mostly large-scale sets and props, The Flintstones movie has aged pretty well and you can lose yourself counting the clever life-hacks the Stone Agers used. Watch it on Netflix.

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Kiki’s Delivery Service (U)

Struggling to decide where to start with Netflix’s amazing selection of Studio Ghibli films? Kiki’s Delivery Service is the perfect jumping off point to dive into a world of magic, witches, talking cats and adventures. Watch it on Netflix.

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Mary and the Witch's Flower (U) 

If you don’t have Netflix you can still enjoy some Studio Ghibli, with Mary and the Witches Flower available for free on Channel 4’s online player until Monday 6 April.

When Mary moves in with her Great Aunt Charlotte, she's bored and lonely until she discovers a magical broomstick which leads her to a school for witches hidden in the clouds.

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Matilda (PG)

Matilda is the classic Roald Dahl story of a young girl who takes control of her own life, powered by her love of life and learning. A funny, heart-warming tale. Watch it on Netflix.

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Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (PG)

Night at the Museum films are fantastic for bringing the worlds of history and museums to life. With amazing stars playing famous historical names, you might just learn a few things along the way too. Watch it on Netflix.

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Pachamama (PG)

A beautifully animated story of a boy living in the Andes Mountains as he is swept up in a tale of Inca lore. Join Tepulpai on his adventures as he tries to find a stolen treasure. Watch it on Netflix.

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Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience (U)

Peppa Pig stars in her big screen debut in this lovely adventure as she visits the Queen and her good friend Kylie Kangaroo. Watch it on Netflix.

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Captain Underpants (U) 

George and Harold love nothing better than pulling off a good prank! But when they accidentally hypnotise their teacher, Mr Krupp, turning him into superhero Captain Underpants, they may have bitten more than they can chew! 

If you have the Captain Underpants book, ask your children to list the differences between the book and the film. Was there anything missing that they would like to have seen? What changes had been made to the characters?

Watch it on BBC, available until Friday 3 April.

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Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (PG)

Any of the Wallace & Gromit movies are instant classics, and with some 30 minute options they’re great for little ones’ attention span (and adults’ too!). A Matter of Loaf and Death is my personal favourite, as Wallace and Gromit are caught up in a British TV caper-style drama. Watch it on Netflix.

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The Wizard of Oz (U)

Is there a greater family classic than The Wizard of Oz? Whether you have watched it once or a million times, we love escaping with Dorothy and Toto from Kansas to Oz. Watch it on Netflix.

We’d love to know what your family is watching. Send us stories and pictures from your movie time on Twitter @glasgowyouth using the hashtag #athomewithGFT


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