In the lead up to WOW's screening of Mark Cousins's A Story of Children and Film, we have been asking our friends and supporters for their favourite childhood films.
Here are BAFTA award winning Welsh director Kieran Evans's replies:
What's your favourite children's film?
This is tricky as having two young boys, I've probably seen nearly every film aimed at children over the last eight or so years (some of which have scarred me, and not in a good way...) and so I feel a little more qualified to comment and discuss this topic further. For me a good children's movie is something that goes beyond stereotypes and focus grouped script devices and lets its story unfold before your eyes, making you forget your age and who the target audience is and just let the film take you on a journey, regardless of the fantastical qualities it may have. So, for this answer I'm going to have to give you three answers as they fall in to three different formats and categories...
In the run up to our festival screening of Mark Cousins's A Story of Children and Film, we're posting a daily blog on our friends and supporters' childhood experiences of cinema. I thought it would be nice to start things off with why The Jungle Book is my favourite children’s film. Aged 11 I was taken to see The Jungle Book as a Christmas treat by my grandmother in a huge old Odeon in the middle of Birmingham. We had to queue to get in and the cinema was packed with excited kids. An atmosphere more like the circus or pantomime than the empty, echoing cinemas I’d been used to up till then. It was a hugely influential experience on the rest of my life. Why couldn’t we all be happy with the “simple bare necessities of life”? It seemed to me unarguably true that hanging out with Baloo, playing in the jungle and living free was more fun than going back to school.
For the 2nd post on 'Women in World Cinema', WOW interviewed Kenyan director Judy Kibinge, who spoke about her childhood cinema memories, her latest film Something Necessary and what motivated her to become a filmmaker.
To celebrate International Women's Day, in the first of a series of features on women in world cinema, WOW interviewed Lucia Puenzo, the Argentinian author and director, who is known for her groundbreaking films XXY and Wakolda (The German Doctor), which features in the 2014 WOW Film Festival.
After a couple of wilderness years (with the Film Club scrabbling to find funds!), the WOW Women's Film Club is back with its much-loved and ever popular film events. Our relaunch in November saw nearly 80 women at a screening of the inspiring Saudi Arabian film Wadjda. And on February 5th, we had 121 women coming to see Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The number of tickets sold at WOW in 2013 were up 14% on last year, with attendances at Chapter up 25% and Aberystwyth up 75%.
With a total of around 4,000 attendances, WOW’s average attendances across all screenings and events was up 46% in 2013 to 74 people per show.
Ken Loach was joined by Michael Gubbins, Julian Tudor Hart, Dai Walters and Ray Davies for a passionate, sold-out Q&A and Welsh premiere screening of The Spirit of ‘45 at Chapter Arts Centre on March 6th.