Let's go to the movies

Today’s 64th Sydney Film Festival (7-18 June) program launch has us feeling nostalgic for our childhood, when the magic of film (and it is truly magic) transcended reality and altered our views of the world.

This year’s festival will screen more than 250 films from all over the world alongside a program of free and ticketed talks, premieres, international and national director and actor visits and more – keeping the magic of film alive.

The magic hasn’t stopped here at the CHILD Mags office – we’ve been sharing our favourite childhood family-friendly films, as well as the ones we love watching now (over and over).


Katie Polley, Accounts and Distribution

Raising two girls, the Barbie movies were always in demand - the dress was always the ‘wow’ factor. Toy Story is a standout. The girls love this film so much because it features all of the toys they know and love, as well as highlighting the relationship that a child has with their toys.


Jessica Chen, Design and Production

What's brilliant about The Lion King is that any person with any movie taste will enjoy this film, even though it's aimed at kids. This is a movie that doesn't water down on raw emotions, and it was the first movie I watched as a kid that made me feel something deep.


Trish West, Accounts

The Sound Of Music because who doesn’t enjoy a ‘love story’ with added history, comedy and of course religious themes. It’s a long-standing family favourite. “The hills are alive!”


Lana Al Habl, Sub-Editor

The comic genius of Robin Williams was not lost on us as kids – Mrs Doubtfire was on replay in our household for years! Even to this day, I watch it and find something new to laugh (and cry) about.


Emily Fletcher, Sales

The Neverending Story was such an escape and gave me such beautiful, strange and wonderful characters to fall in love with. It created such a highly detailed and imaginative ‘other world’. A world with a real sense of danger in it, hence the young boy hero conveyed a feeling of real bravery. Can’t wait to share with my daughter (she is too young just yet!).


Daisy Chein, Calendar Coordinator & Editorial Assistant

An underrated Disney princess, Pocahontas was the second strong female role model I had growing up (number one was mum). She overcame gender stereotypes to save lives, had the cutest sidekicks, sang the catchiest songs with important messages all whilst maintaining perfect hair... #GOALS.


Team Member, Sales

We love Star Wars – a New Hope because of Luke Skywalker & his Jedi lightsaber – my son still pretends he’s caught up in some intergalactic war adventure every now & then, waving his plastic wand at his younger cousins...and of course, the one & only Princess Leia – no one else can truly rock the headphone hairstyle like she can.

Add to your list of favourite family movies with the 2017 Sydney Film Festival

family-friendly program.


These will screen in daytime sessions over the weekend. The program includes:

My Life As A Zucchini (Ages 10+): An Oscar-nominated Swiss-French animation about nine-year-old Zucchini and his experience in an orphanage filled with misfits who, like himself, have been dealt a rough hand by life. Little does he know, they will soon become his de facto family.


Phantom Boy (Ages 7+): A beautifully animated supernatural crime-fighting adventure, set on the streets of New York. Eleven-year-old Leo is ill and can’t leave the hospital – but he can leave his body and fly around New York. One night, Leo comes across a mobster plotting a crime. To use his supernatural powers and become a superhero, Leo teams up with wheelchair-bound detective Alex and fearless journalist Mary to fight the super criminal threatening the city.


Rip Tide (Ages 11+): Disney star Debby Ryan makes her Australian film debut in this perfectly pitched tween feature about surfing, romance and deciding what to do with your life. A great Aussie cast excels in this local feature by talented director Rhiannon Bannenberg, with surf scenes shot on the Illawarra coast.


The Sun at Midnight (Ages 12+): About an urban teen’s encounter with a mystical hunter in Canada’s remote Northwest Territory. For teenager Lia, the only way to truly find herself is to get lost. Lia's father sends the sullen teen to visit her grandmother in a pocket-sized First Nations community in sub-Arctic Canada. She runs away but gets lost in the wilds of her ancestral country. A chance meeting with an older hunter, Alfred leads to an unusual mentorship.


My Entire High School Sinking Into The Sea (Ages 12+): Cult comic artist Dash Shaw directs a kooky end-of-the-world disaster movie for Gen Z featuring a host of indie stars and a colourful blend of animation, painting and collage. Misanthropic high school journalist Dash discovers that his dysfunctional school is built on a fault line. When an earthquake sends the building floating out to sea, where it begins to inevitably sink, Dash tries to lead his fellow students to safety. With its vibrant handmade and digital animation techniques, My Entire High School… won over audiences at the Toronto and Berlin film festivals.


Another exciting one for the families is the Kids Animation Showcase – a selection of short animations curated by Sydney Film Festival Guest Programmer Malcolm Turner.

Think art, fairytales and folk stories, and tales that are creative, silly, serious and thought provoking!

 Check out the full program and buy tickets (as well as flexipasses and subscriptions) at sff.org.au

This is a sponsored post by Sydney Film Festival



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