Let's Play!

A specially selected programme of films that celebrate creativity, play and exploration.

Trolls
Trolls

Academic studies this year have suggested that children learn more effectively when creative play is involved. Making time for play and creativity is becoming increasingly difficult to fit in to the school day, so whether it's music, art, theatre, games, friendship or sport-related, with these films we celebrate play and the opportunities it affords for creativity, exploration and being active.

Resources

Let's Play! has 1118 events running

Films that are part of Let's Play!

Baby Driver

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration113 mins

Baby Driver(2017)

A music-obsessed young getaway driver of a criminal gang attempts to go clean after falling for a girl.

Baby Driver is part of Let’s Play because of its innovative soundtrack and playful interchange between sound and visuals with links to subjects including music, film studies and PSHE Education.

Ballerina

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration89 mins

Ballerina(2016)

In 1879 Paris, an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina takes on the identity of another in order to enrol at a prestigious ballet school.

Ballerina is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of dance, friendship, growing up and gender, and links to subjects including Art & Design, History and Music.

Believe

CertPG

Age group7–16

Duration95 mins

Believe(2013)

Touching fictional tale about legendary Manchester United manager Sir Matt Busby helping a talented but wayward young footballer fulfil his dreams.

Believe is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of family, friendship, school and sport, and links to subjects including PE and PSHE Education.

The Boss Baby

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration97 mins

The Boss Baby(2017)

Family animation in which seven-year-old Tim's life changes with the arrival of a new baby, wearing a suit and working on a very important mission.

The Boss Baby is included in Let’s Play because of its themes of family and imagination, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

Captain Underpants

CertU

Age group5–7

Duration89 mins

Captain Underpants(2017)

Two imaginative pranksters hypnotise their strict headmaster into thinking he is Captain Underpants, the hero of a comic strip they write.

Captain Underpants is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, growing up, school and storytelling, and links to subjects including English and Art & Design.

Cars 3

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration109 mins

Cars 3(2017)

Lightning McQueen has to prove once again that he’s the best racecar in the world, after a new, younger racer starts to beat him.

Cars 3 is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of family, friendship, community, equality and sports, and links to subjects including Art & Design and PSHE Education.

A Caribbean Dream

CertPG

Age group11+

Duration82 mins

A Caribbean Dream(2016)

Barbados-set modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'.

A Caribbean Dream is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of Shakespeare, magic, mythology and family, and links to subjects including English and Performing Arts.

Cleo

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration82 mins

Cleo(2015)

During the winter break, a group of schoolchildren in a small village decide to amuse themselves with a massive snowball fight.

Cleo is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, growing up and the environment, and links to subjects including Music and PSHE Education.

Cuco's Big Adventure

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration85 mins

Cuco's Big Adventure(2016)

Animated bird adventure in which a parrot called Cuco must enlist the help of his bird-hero to save his family’s circus.

This film is included in Let’s Play because of its setting in a circus and themes of friendship, and links to subjects including PSHE Education and PE.

Despicable Me 3

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration90 mins

Despicable Me 3(2017)

Gru teams up with his long-lost twin brother Dru for one last bout of super-villain mayhem, only to be thwarted by an evil new foe.

This film is included in Let’s Play because of its themes of friendship and comedy, and links to subject including PSHE Education.

Felix

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration94 mins

Felix(2013)

An uplifting South African film about a 13-year-old talented musician who must earn a place in his new school’s jazz concert.

Felix is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, family, transition and playing an instrument with links to subjects including Music and PSHE Education.

Double-bill: The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration54 mins

Double-bill: The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child(2011)

Fabulous animated double-bill of stories from the wildly popular Gruffalo series.

The Gruffalo double-bill is included in Let’s Play because of its themes of friendship and family, and links to subjects including English.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration136 mins

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2(2017)

The ragtag gang of Guardians find themselves torn when someone from Peter’s past surfaces with an offer that may be too good to be true.

This film is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of family, aliens, technology and visual arts, and links to subjects including Music and PSHE Education.

Home Alone

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration103 mins

Home Alone(1990)

Child star Macaulay Culkin plays a kid whose parents accidentally leave him at home when they go on holiday and who then must foil would-be burglars.

Home Alone is included in Let’s Play because of its celebration in the art of the prank and playing tricks, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

La La Land

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration128 mins

La La Land(2016)

A sentimental, dreamlike musical which sees two aspiring artists attempt to make it in Hollywood amidst a whirlwind romance.

La La Land is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of music, dance, film history and fame, and links to subjects including Performing Arts, Film Studies and Music.

Landfill Harmonic

CertUnclassified

Age group7–16

Duration84 mins

Landfill Harmonic(2015)

A Paraguayan children’s orchestra who play instruments created solely from landfill travel the world in this inspiring and uplifting documentary.

Landfill Harmonic is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of music, community, rural life and the environment, and links to subjects including Geography, Spanish and Science.

The LEGO® Batman Movie

CertU

Age group7+

Duration104 mins

The LEGO® Batman Movie(2017)

Animated adventure in which Batman must once again do battle with the Joker who is intent on taking over Gotham City.

This film is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of family, friendship, heroism, growing up and creativity, and links to subjects including English and Media Studies.

Makibefo

CertUnclassified

Age group16+

Duration73 mins

Makibefo(2001)

Bold experimental adaptation of Macbeth, filmed with non-professional actors from a small fishing community in southern Madagascar.

Makibefo is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of Shakespeare, indigenous peoples, community and gender, and links to subjects including English and Psychology.

My Neighbour Totoro

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration82 mins

My Neighbour Totoro(1988)

Sweet, imaginative animated fable about a girl and her sister who move to a forest which is full of friendly spirits.

This film is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, storytelling, imagination and outdoor adventures, and links to subjects including Art & Design and PSHE Education.

Paddington 2

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration100 mins

Paddington 2(2017)

Paddington gets a series of jobs in the local community to buy his Aunt Lucy a birthday present, only for the gift to be stolen.

Paddington 2 is part of Let's Play because it deals with themes of family, friendship, storytelling and magic, and links to subjects including English and Citizenship.

Pettersson und Findus: A Little Nuisance, A Great Friendship

CertUnclassified

Age group5–14

Duration86 mins

Pettersson und Findus: A Little Nuisance, A Great Friendship(2014)

German family comedy about the events of a grumpy farmer and his cat.

This film is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, rural life and animals, and links to subjects including Geography and German.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration129 mins

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge(2017)

Captain Jack Sparrow must track down the Trident of Poseidon in order to fend off a foe intent on ridding the world of all pirates.

This film is included in Let’s Play because of its origins in the Disneyland rollercoaster ride and celebration of playing at pirates, with links to subjects including Art & Design and Film Studies.

Playtime

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration114 mins

Playtime(1967)

The harsh sterility of modern Paris is lampooned as Monsieur Hulot becomes lost with American tourists in a glass and steel maze.

This film is included in Let’s Play because as its title suggests it deals with themes of play in the context of design and technology, modernism and architecture.

Queen of Katwe

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration124 mins

Queen of Katwe(2016)

The true story of young Ugandan girl Phiona Mutesi who – on being introduced to the game – went on to become an international chess champion.

Queen of Katwe is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of chess, family, music, community and sports, and links to subjects including English, Geography and Mathematics.

Red Dog: The Early Years

Cert12A

Age group11–14

Duration88 mins

Red Dog: The Early Years(2017)

Australian family drama about the special bond between a young boy and a stray dog that he finds.

This film is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of family, friendship, animals and indigenous peoples, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

Revolting Rhymes

CertPG

Age group5–11

Duration60 mins

Revolting Rhymes(2016)

Adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic collection of fairy-tales presented with a wicked twist.

Revolting Rhymes are part of Let’s Play because they deal with themes of storytelling, fairy tales and monsters, and links to subjects including English and Art & Design.

Rock Dog

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration90 mins

Rock Dog(2016)

Comedy animation about a Tibetan Mastiff dog who develops a love for music and seeks to become a rock star.

Rock Dog is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of music, family, community, animals and fame, and links to subjects including Citizenship and Performing Arts.

Sing

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration108 mins

Sing(2016)

A struggling theatre owner finds himself overwhelmed by talent when he organises a singing contest that offers a much bigger prize than he can afford.

Sing is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of music, family, friendship and community, and links to subjects including Performing Arts and PSHE Education.

Smurfs: The Lost Village

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration90 mins

Smurfs: The Lost Village(2017)

The Smurfs embark on a quest to locate a mythical lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.

This film is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, community and travel, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

Space Jam

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration84 mins

Space Jam(1996)

A wacky comedy mixing live action and animation, in which the Looney Tunes gang have to fight for their freedom in a cosmic game of basketball.

Space Jam is included in Let’s Play because of its themes of friendship, sport and playful mix of animation and live action, and links to subjects including PE and PSHE Education.

Swallows and Amazons

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration97 mins

Swallows and Amazons(2016)

Adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s timeless novel about four siblings embarking on an extraordinary adventure whilst on holiday in the Lake District.

Swallows & Amazons is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, adventure, storytelling and rural life, and links to subjects including English, Geography and History.

Trolls

CertU

Age group5–11

Duration92 mins

Trolls(2016)

Princess Poppy and Branch set out on a dangerous mission to save their friends from the Troll-eating monsters who have taken them hostage.

Trolls is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of music, friendship, community and monsters, and links to subjects including Art & Design.

Tron

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration92 mins

Tron(1982)

Visually peerless example of Hollywood coming to terms with computers, in which programmer Kevin Flynn get sucked into a game.

Tron is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of video gaming, design and modern warfare, and links to subjects including Art & Design and ICT.

We Are X

Cert15

Age group16+

Duration91 mins

We Are X(2016)

Documentary exploring the story behind eccentric and revered rock band X Japan, chronicling their success, devoted fan base and tragic history.

We Are X is included in Let’s Play because it deals with themes of music, friendship, mental health and fame, and links to subjects including Media Studies, Psychology and PSHE Education.

When Marnie Was There

CertU

Age group7–14

Duration103 mins

When Marnie Was There(2014)

A shy girl sent to the country to recover from asthma discovers an abandoned mansion and begins to explore its mysteries with her new friend Marnie.

This film is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of ghosts & ghouls, family, growing up and friendship, and links to subjects including Art & Design, English and Geography.

Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica (Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang)

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration92 mins

Zipi y Zape y el club de la canica (Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang)(2013)

Spanish adventure in which unruly twins Zip and Zap are sent to a strict summer school, where they form a gang of rebels to defy the cruel director.

This film is part of Let’s Play because it deals with themes of friendship, school, anti-bullying and child safety and links to subjects including Citizenship, Spanish and Literacy.

Tuvalu

CertUnclassified

Age group14+

Duration97 mins

Tuvalu(1999)

UK premiere of an acclaimed silent fairy tale film accompanied by an indie-electro live score.

This film is part of Let's Play because of its creative play with the cinema experience - a silent film set to a modern soundtrack with interactive elements that you can all take part in!

Coco

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration100 mins

Coco(2017)

12 year-old Miguel sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, taking him on a journey into the Land of the Dead.

This film is part of Let's Play because it deals with themes of creativity, play, cultural identity and family relationships and links to subjects including Citizenship, PSHE, Music and RE.

Viewing 38 films in this strand