06 August 2005

film lists

A list released by the British Film Institute late last month of 10 films the institute believes children should see by the age of 14. This cinema canon was chosen by filmmakers, teachers and the heads of children's film organisations across Europe.


·Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948, Italy)
·ET The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982, US)
·Kes (Ken Loach, 1969, UK)
·The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955, US)
·Les Quatre Cents Coups (400 Blows) ( Francois Truffaut, 1959, France)
· Show Me Love (Lukas Moodys- son, 1998, Sweden/Denmark)
·Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001, Japan)
·Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995, US)
·Where is My Friend's House? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987, Iran)
·The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939, US)

The list has been criticised for being too prescriptive, too fuddy-duddy, and for being heavy with films in which boys are the heroes. From an Australian perspective, it barely reflects our culture. Only one local movie made the top 50: Phillip Noyce's 2002 film Rabbit-Proof Fence.

Such a list, then, could be expanded to include other adventurous films that tell Australian stories - not necessarily made for children - that children under 14 could appreciate


·Babe (George Miller, 1995)
·Careful, He Might Hear You (Carl Schultz, 1983)
·Looking for Alibrandi (Kate Woods, 2000)
·Picnic at Hanging Rock (Peter Weir, 1975)
·Rabbit-Proof Fence (Phillip Noyce, 2002)
·Storm Boy (Henri Safran, 1976
·The Shiralee (Leslie Norman, 1957)
·Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, 1992)
·Walkabout (Nicolas Roeg, 1971)
·The Year My Voice Broke (John Duigan, 1987)

from SMH
it doesnt say who compiled the aussie list
my list would be different

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