Une Vie De Chat (A Cat in Paris)(2011)
Enchanting and thrilling animation about a Parisian cat with a double-life.
Good for SEN members as the narrative has obvious high and low points that are easy to understand and a main character who is elective mute throughout the majority of the film. The film can be screened dubbed or with subtitles depending on ability.Read more
Age groupAll ages
Hilarious and accessible Marx Brothers comedy which also works as a political satire. The perfect choice for your club's first black-and-white film.
A great classic black and white film to introduce to your members. The renowned Marx Brothers style of strong visual comedy is easy to understand and appeals to a broad range of levels, in particular members with early developmental stages of language acquisition.Read more
Life of Pi(2012)
The extraordinary story of Pi who, cast adrift on a lifeboat with only a tiger for company, must find his inner strength and courage to survive.
A thoughtful fantasy drama that has proven successful with many SEN audiences due to the clear narrative that follows one protagonist who is easy to like and unambiguously good. Please note there are some alarming moments involving the tiger that more sensitive members may find distressing. There are bright colours used throughout this film.Read more
Outrageous yet genial comedy, about Tracy, a "pleasantly plump" teen who refuses to let the prejudices of others stand in the way of her fun.
A tribute to 1950s music and fashions with a contemporary take (c.1988) on issues of conformity and race equality, featuring many vibrant musical numbers that will easily engage. The film does explore difficult topics such as racism and sexism but as a whole offers a strong alternative to mainstream musicals to more adventurous audiences.Read more
Age groupAll ages
Singin' in the Rain(1952)
Widely considered the finest musical ever made, this tribute to Hollywood is about an actress who can't sing trying to move into sound films.
A great introduction to musicals this classic romantic comedy set in 1920s Hollywood is popular with SEN audiences due to its narrative with a strong through line, likeable protagonists and numerous visually engaging set musical numbers. Suitable for all levels but please note there are some flashes, bangs and rapid transitions in the film.Read more
Two plucky kids attempt to save their beloved youth club by staging an exciting and energetic street dance show!
Feel-good British musical set around a street dance show this is popular with young audiences due to its fun and energetic musical numbers and clear storyline featuring likeable child lead characters with diverse family backgrounds.Read more
Age groupAll ages
A Disney classic like no other, Fantasia is a magical journey through sound and vision.
A colourful Disney classic that consists of eight pieces of classical music, each set to its own animation sequence that can be watched as a whole or broken into sections. Featuring very little dialogue, its marriage of sound and image exploring different moods, musical tones and movement make it a vibrant yet easy watch for SEN audiences.Read more
Shaun the Sheep Movie(2015)
The much loved farmyard creature from Aardman animation finally gets a big screen adventure of his own.
Colourful and packed with wonderful visual comedy it is a fun, easy watch and a great introduction to stop-motion animation. With no dialogue throughout and a clear storyline with likeable, unambiguous characters and a positive message around teamwork the film is perfect all audiences, and particularly appealing to younger members.Read more
Laurel and Hardy - Our Relations(1936)
The classic comedy duo here have help getting into trouble from their long-lost sailor twins, who arrive on shore leave.
Classic black and white slapstick comedy about mistaken identity which is silly yet simple to follow. Full of physical humour that is not reliant on understanding the dialogue, the soundtrack also cleverly supports this by featuring different songs to signal the different twins on screen. Please note the slapstick comedy may encourage imitation.Read more
Bean - The Ultimate Disaster Movie(1997)
The calamitous Mr Bean is tasked with transporting a priceless piece of art to America. Classic British humour reminiscent of the silent era.
A constant hit with SEN audiences over the years, this modern comedy adventure features classic slapstick-driven humour. Despite the terrible things that happen there is general sense of optimism about the film that prevents it from being cruel and the physical humour means the plot is not reliant on understanding the dialogue.Read more
Age groupAll ages
A small, rather hopeless looking robot is left alone on Earth to clean up the mess left by humans, in this wonderful Pixar animation.
Pixar films are very popular with SEN audiences due to their ability to deal with complex, emotional ideas with simple stories, humour, colourful animation and likeable characters. Due to its extended dialogue free sections and highly visual narrative focused on two very simple and engaging characters, Wall E is particularly good for members that find language hard to follow.Read more
A Bug's Life(1998)
Exciting Pixar animation that follows Flik - a brave young ant who has to find a way to protect his colony from the brutal grasshoppers.
Another example of a Pixar film that is colourful, visually engaging with an entertaining story full of lots of memorable and amusing characters that makes it accessible to all levels. The theme of not fitting into a rigid community should be of interest to members as will the importance of younger ‘ants’ playing their part in saving the day.Read more
Beautifully shot nature documentary, filming life under the sea across the globe.
A visually striking and utterly enveloping undersea documentary. The rhythmic images, distinct soundtrack and lack of narration make it a simple and engaging watch for all levels. It can also be easily broken into shorter sections if necessary.Read more
Peter and the Wolf(2006)
Oscar-winning animated version of the timeless folk tale, set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic orchestral composition.
A compelling short musical film that sets a well-known tale to a powerful piece of classical music. With a strong clear narrative and no dialogue the music expresses the emotion and action. A short, engaging watch for all audiences it has proved very good for members with little or no verbal language.Read more
Lost and Found(2008)
Charming animated tale about a young boy who finds a lost penguin on his doorstep and decides to row him home to the South Pole.
A short (24 mins) British animation touching on themes of adventure and the comfort of friendship. The gentle narration by Jim Broadbent, simple storytelling and colourful palette makes this a lovely, easy watch for younger members.Read more
Age groupAll ages
The Wizard of Oz(1939)
This timeless family musical, one of cinema's much loved productions, sees young Dorothy escape Kansas for the Technicolor land of Oz.
With its visually stimulating bright colours, simple language, obvious good versus evil storyline and lead characters with identifiable emotional characteristics, this classic children’s fantasy film is an absorbing watch.Read more
Mr Popper's Penguins(2011)
Jim Carrey returns to family-friendly movies in this fun tale based on a beloved 1938 children’s book.
Fun family film with lots of slapstick, simple dialogue and a message of caring for animals and the importance of family this is good for a wide range of members. Please note the issue of divorce and separation of father and children is discussed but is dealt with positively by the end of the film.Read more
How To Train Your Dragon(2010)
Sweet and funny computer animated adventure in which a young viking befriends a dragon.
An animated comedy adventure about an unlikely friendship the film features lots of humour and a simple plot. It is great for some SEN audiences due to its strong visual flow throughout and use of language that is not too complex. Please note the film does include fantasy violence between Vikings and dragons.Read more
The Jungle Book(1967)
The all-singing, all-dancing animated adaptation of the popular children's novel, packed with lovable characters and infectious songs.
The Jungle Book is just one example of many Disney films, from the classics to Frozen, that have often proven very popular with SEN audiences due to their vibrant story-telling, positive messaging around family and friendships, likable characters, straight through narratives and expressive use of music and catchy tunes.Read more
Age groupAll ages
The colourful world of the tropical sea is captured in all its glory in this moving and funny story of a lost fish.
In true Pixar style, the colourful and detailed world of the tropical sea is vibrant and fun to look at while the funny yet lesson-filled life-affirming story of friendship and family is easy to understand with simple dialogue. Nemo’s stunted fin and Dory’s forgetfulness also offer interesting angles on disability that members may relate to.Read more
Bridge To Terabithia(2007)
Charming family fantasy film following the adventures of two ten-year-old misfits, based on the popular novel.
This film is about three children who use the power of their imaginations to create an escape from their everyday realities. The heroes of the film suffer bullying and the film is unusual in that it takes a sympathetic attitude to both the bullied and the bully, suggesting reasons for the behaviour of the bully and tactics for the bullied to cope.Read more
Diary of a Wimpy Kid(2010)
Funny and painful by turns, Diary of A Wimpy Kid is a clever take on pre-teen angst.
Based on a popular series of books about a young boy navigating his way through school, devising endless schemes to beat the bullies and shake off his nerdy reputation. With a straightforward plot, simple language and themes of being an outsider and bullying that some may relate to, this is an easy and enjoyable watch.Read more
The Complete Buster Keaton Short Films: Disc A(1917)
Essential introduction to silent comedy giant Buster Keaton, full of unbelievable stunts and endless slapstick, featuring eight of his short films.
This package is made up of eight shorts films from the renowned American silent film star known for his deadpan expression and physical comedy. The films include lots of easy to follow stories of a man who comes up against a series of mishaps all cleverly communicated through exaggerated physical performances, expressive music and slapstick humour.Read more
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory(1971)
Visually brilliant 1971 Roald Dahl adaptation about a little boy who wins a tour of the maddest sweet factory in the world!
Colourful set pieces, musical interludes, familiar plot, and very distinct depictions of all the characters make this a fun, accessible watch.Read more
Pixar Short Films Collection Volume 1(2007)
Fantastic collection of 13 short films from Pixar, the US animation studio which revolutionised computer animation techniques.
With the trademark Pixar vivid colours, off-beat humour, simple yet clever and meaningful stories and some recognizable characters, this collection of 13 short animations is great for members with shorter attention spans. They can be watched as one or broken up and watched in segments.Read more
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