Cinema of Childhood

In 2014, Filmhouse collaborated with Mark Cousins to present a season of 17 rare masterpieces about kids from all over the world.

Cinema Of Childhood Season took filmgoers of all ages on a global voyage of discovery to reconnect with their inner child.

The UK-wide film season was curated by filmmaker Mark Cousins and inspired by his brilliant feature documentary, A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM.


The Cinema Of Childhood season toured the UK for a year, with 17 brilliant films from 12 countries, spanning 7 decades. Most have rarely been seen in the UK – some were totally new to UK audiences.

The season opened up a world of wonder for audiences of all ages who are keen to explore beyond Hollywood’s idea of childhood. The films are both specific to their own time and culture, but also universal in their depiction of childhood emotions, hopes and fears. Children everywhere have so much in common - only the worlds they inhabit are different.

Emotionally engaging with audiences from 8 to 80, Cinema of Childhood invited filmgoers to go on a global adventure with Mark, to discover previously unknown movie masterpieces and to see the world anew through young eyes. Uplifting and exhilarating, these are films to brighten your day.

The season was managed by Filmhouse, and new digital materials were created where necessary to make the films available to the widest possible range of cinema venues.

The project is backed by the BFI’s Programming Development Fund, awarding funds from the National Lottery. The producer of the season was Adam Dawtrey, who also produced (with Mary Bell) A STORY OF CHILDREN AND FILM.

Filmhouse (Edinburgh) and BFI Southbank (London) programmed the entire season in April to June 2014. Other venues which hosted Cinema of Childhood screenings included Queen’s Theatre (Belfast), Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), Broadway (Nottingham), Dundee Contemporary Arts, Glasgow Film Theatre, Eden Court Theatre (Inverness), the Roses Theatre (Tewkesbury), Duke of York’s (Brighton), Watershed (Bristol), Cornerhouse (Manchester) and Showroom (Sheffield), along with selected Picturehouse and Curzon cinemas nationwide. Films from the season also screened at special festival events, including the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, Zoom International Youth Film Festivall, WoW Festival and the Brighton Festival.

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