Roald Dahl on Film

Roald Dahl Day 13 September

The BFG (2016)
The BFG (2016)

September 13 marks Roald Dahl day - a day to celebrate the enduring works of one of the most revered children's authors of all time, and the incredible mark his stories have had on the world of film.

Roald Dahl's magical worlds, fantastic characters and creative use of language have delighted children and adults alike for generations, and continue to do so. Dahl's unique ability to tap into young people's imaginations, voices, and anxieties remains unparalleled and has resulted in a number of brilliant film adaptations of his work. From 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory right through to Stephen Spielberg's recent adaptation of The BFG, Roald Dahl and cinema have long been a perfect match.

Viewing films based on Roald Dahl's work can be a brilliant way to spark a young person's imagination, and can engender a deeper understanding of the original texts, making them a great way to teach literacy. We have several phizz-whizzing Roald Dahl-related film guides and Roald Dahl resources to help you host screenings in your film clubs or classrooms, as well as a Roald Dahl film list to help you select the perfect film for your film club.

Keep an eye out for a new adaptation of The Witches from director Robert Zemekis and produced by Guillermo del Toro and Alfonso Cuaron, which was due to be released in October 2020, but has been delayed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In the meantime, explore the tabs below to access all of our Roald Dahl content and continue to celebrate his amazing legacy with your pupils.

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