Fantasy & Adventure

A specially selected programme of films featuring stories that celebrate imagination and exploration.

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Out of all the pleasures that film provides us, few are as pure as the capacity it offers for escapism, and an ability to take us into worlds beyond imagination. Superheroes, fire-breathing dragons, magical creatures, and explorations of life in far flung universes all feature in stories that celebrate the wondrous and dazzle with their spectacle, alongside more grounded, human takes on the spirit of adventure.

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Films that are part of Fantasy & Adventure

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration87 mins

Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion(2018)

Best friends Asterix and Obelix accompany their village druid on his search for a successor to teach the secrets of his magic potion.

This film deals with topics such as friendships, physical health, historical periods, community and mythology, and links to subjects including History and PSHE Education.

Astro Kid

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration90 mins

Astro Kid(2019)

A young boy finds himself on an alien planet when he is separated from his parents during a space mission.

This film deals with topics such as technology, the environment, aliens, robots and artificial intelligence, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

The Addams Family

CertUnclassified

Age group7–14

Duration100 mins

The Addams Family(2019)

Animated version of the ghoulish family’s adventures who face off against a greedy and arrogant reality TV host.

This film deals with topics such as mythology, monsters, ghost and ghouls, and family and links to subjects including Art & Design.

The BFG

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration117 mins

The BFG(2016)

A lonely orphan girl is whisked away to Giant Country where she encounters a Big Friendly Giant. But that’s just the start of her adventures.

This film deals with topics such as storytelling, magic, Roald Dahl, friendships, and child safety, and links to subjects including English, Literacy and PSHE Education.

Captain Marvel

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration124 mins

Captain Marvel(2019)

A fighter pilot becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

This film deals with topics such as gender representation, aliens, graphic novels and comics, and links to subjects including Media Studies and Design & Technology.

Dora and the Lost City of Gold

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration102 mins

Dora and the Lost City of Gold(2019)

An adventurous teenage girl sets off on a jungle adventure with her new high school classmates in order to rescue her explorer parents.

This film deals with topics such as family, growing up, travel and exploration, and links to subjects including Geography, Spanish and PSHE Education.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration134 mins

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald(2018)

In the second instalment of the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ series, Newt Scamander agrees to help Albus Dumbledore thwart the rise of a dangerous dark wizard.

This film deals with topics such as magic, storytelling, fame and consumerism, and links to subjects including Citizenship, English and Design & Technology.

Gnomeo and Juliet

CertU

Age groupAll ages

Duration84 mins

Gnomeo and Juliet(2011)

William Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet gets a truly bonkers reworking in this inventive and hugely entertaining CGI comedy.

This film deals with topics such as family, folk and fairy tales, Shakespeare, and magic, and links to subjects including English, Literacy and PSHE Education.

Howl's Moving Castle

CertU

Age group5–16

Duration119 mins

Howl's Moving Castle(2004)

Japanese animated epic about a crotchety wizard living in a strange castle who saves a young hat-maker, who is then cursed by a jealous witch.

This film deals with topics such as visual arts, civil wars, magic, scientists and inventors, and links to subjects including Art & Design, English and Film Studies.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration104 mins

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World(2019)

Hiccup and his girlfriend Astrid must protect their dragon utopia from a dark force in the final instalment of the popular fantasy series.

This film deals with topics such as community, storytelling, and mythology, and links to subjects including Geography, PSHE Education and Art & Design.

Johnny English Strikes Again

CertPG

Age group7–11

Duration88 mins

Johnny English Strikes Again(2018)

Following a cyber-attack, secret agent Johnny English is forced out of retirement in order to track down the mastermind hacker.

This film deals with topics such as spies, friendships, criminal investigations, and gangs, and links to subjects including Film Studies and Performing Arts.

The Kid Who Would Be King

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration110 mins

The Kid Who Would Be King(2019)

A young boy and his friends are transported to a mythical world when he finds King Arthur’s mythical sword.

This film deals with topics such as anti-bullying, storytelling, mythology, books and plays, and links to subjects including English, History and Literacy.

Luis & the Aliens

CertU

Age group5–7

Duration86 mins

Luis & the Aliens(2018)

An 11 year-old boy makes friends with three aliens after they crash their UFO into his house.

This film deals with topics such as friendships, anti-bullying, child safety, and animals, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

Mirai

CertPG

Age group7–14

Duration98 mins

Mirai(2018)

A young boy struggling to adapt to the arrival of a baby sister discovers a magical garden allowing him to travel across time.

This film deals with topics such as family, growing up, animals, Asian countries and magic, and links to subjects including Art & Design.

Men in Black: International

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration115 mins

Men in Black: International(2019)

Spin-off the popular 90s comedy about two secret agents on the hunt for extra-terrestrials.

This film deals with topics such as gender representation, aliens, law and order, and technology, and links to subjects including Film Studies.

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups

CertU

Age group5–7

Duration70 mins

Paw Patrol: Mighty Pups(2019)

Spin-off of the popular television show about a group of rescue-puppies with special superpowers.

This film deals with topics such as crime and punishment, friendships and animals, and links to subjects including PSHE Education.

The Princess Bride

CertPG

Age group7+

Duration94 mins

The Princess Bride(1987)

The Princess Bride takes apart the traditional damsel-in-distress story and puts it back together again. A classic for children of all ages.

This film deals with topics such as family, love and relationships, folk and fairy tales, and mythology, and links to subjects including English Literature, Film Studies 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.

This film deals with topics such as criminal investigations, British Cinema, friendships, growing up, and storytelling, and links to subjects including English, Geography, and Literacy.

Shazam!

Cert12A

Age group11–16

Duration132 mins

Shazam!(2019)

Set in the DC Universe, a streetwise 14 year-old is given the ability to turn into an adult superhero at will by uttering a single word.

This film deals with topics such as anti-bullying, growing up, crime and punishment, and family, and links to subjects including Media Studies and PSHE Education.

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Cert12A

Age group11+

Duration129 mins

Spider-Man: Far From Home(2019)

Following on from the events of Avengers: Endgame, the young superhero Spider-Man must take on new responsibilities during a class trip to Europe.

This film deals with topics such as growing up, mental health, school, and graphic novels, and links to subjects including Geography and PSHE Education.

Les Aventures de Spirou and Fantasio (Spirou and Fantasio’s Big Adventure)

CertUnclassified

Age group11–16

Duration89 mins

Les Aventures de Spirou and Fantasio (Spirou and Fantasio’s Big Adventure)(2018)

French comedy based on the popular Franco-Belgian comic books about two adventurous journalists who investigate a Count’s disappearance.

This film deals with topics such as graphic novels, friendships, European countries, travel and exploration, and links to subjects including French.

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