The 10 must-see films for children

1st July 2005 at 01:00
Billy Elliot, the tale of a boy from a pit town becoming a ballet dancer, is the number one film on a top-10 list of films that children should have seen by the age of 14, compiled by the British Film Institute.

The list, to be launched at London's Barbican Centre on July 13, was compiled after the institute canvassed its staff and a clutch of European film organisations.

It is intended to provoke debate among an audience of children's authors, film directors, government officials and the public.

Amanda Nevill, the BFI's director, said: "It would be unimaginable that children leave school without studying classic novels. The same should be true of films."

But children's author Melvin Burgess, who adapted Stephen Daldry's Billy Elliot film into a novel, said: "A list of books that children should have to read is a bit dodgy. The same is true of films. It is disappointing there is no sci-fi."

* TES readers are invited to join the debate with their choice of top five films that children should see by age 14. They don't have to be specifically designed for children, just a great viewing experience. Visit and you could win pound;100 of vouchers to spend on DVDsvideos at Movie Mail. Ten runners-up will win pound;50 vouchers.

Tickets for the July 13 launch can be booked on 0845 120 7527

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now