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From Mike Batt’s wombles to Spielberg’s BFG, via Peter Rabbit,

Young Frankenstein Robin Hood and Nelson Nutmeg!

The Cambridge Family Film Festival returns to the Arts Picture house this half term between the 22nd–27th October. For affordable half term fun with the kids take a look at the bumper programme including a wide range of film for children of all ages, much-loved television characters, and amazing activities. Highlights include the UK premiere of Safiyah Flies Ac ross the Ocean, a moving short film about a young girl trying to reach her father during the Arab Spring, Who Killed N elson Nutmeg?, a family-friendly whodunit starring Harry Potter’s Bonnie Wright, and Keep on Wombling with Mike B attand Orinoco!, with both classic episodes and a chance to be the first audience to see the brand new series. Comedic highlights include Almost Naked Animals, an irreverent, fast-paced comedy featuring a cast of underwear-clad animals; New s from Planet Mars, an off-the-wall comedy following the wacky antics of a father left in charge of his kids for the weekend; and there’s a chance to celebrate Aardman Animations’ 40t h anniversary with a Wallace and Gromit double bill.

If you missed Finding Dory at the cinema this summer, worry not; there’s another chance to join Dory, Marlin, Nemo and the gang for an unforgettable journey where everyone learns a few things about the meaning of family. Also showing is Steven Spielberg ’s delightful adaptation of The BFG, where orphan Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant come up with ways to get rid of the Flesh lump eater, the Bone cruncher, and other giants who love to gobble up human beans. And for very young children, we’re celebrating the 150t h birthday of Beatrix Potter with an animated short, Peter Rabbit: The Unexpected Discovery, followed by a Sing along with the Bitziboos, four toys made of bits and bobs who magically came to life!

With special events and workshops, the Family Film Festival isn’t just about films! Get to know your bugs with Shepreth Wildlife Park before a showing of Microcosmos, a journey into the world of minibeasts! Superhero Smackdown is a full day of fun activities where you’ll work with a professional filmmaker to create your own superheroes to battle against others using stop-motion animation techniques. There’s also Zoë Chamberlain’s Zoetropes and Flickbooks Workshop which will show you how to bring your drawings to life by making your own flickbook, with no camera or specialist equipment needed. Also, our friends at Bright Ideas will be providing a free craft table for make and do activities, and on the final day of the Festival, join Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours for spooky selfies and an unlucky dip as part of the Halloween Special.

That’s right – just in time for Halloween, things take a spooky turn on the last day of the Family Film Festival, where we’re showing Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. But watch out – this time the monsters are real! Also showing is Tim Burton’ s darkly enchanting,

Oscar-nominated Corpse Bride, and the late Gene Wilder stars in Mel Brooks’ riotously funny spoof, Young Frankenstein, which will have you in stitches. And there will be a showing of four scary Halloween Shorts for kids with a taste for the ghoulish…

Lastly, there are showings of a number of classic films, including The Adventures of Robin Hood, the movie that defined swashbuckling, with Errol Flynn starring as the dashing hero leading the charge in this high-spirited family adventure. As a tribute to the wonderful Gene Wilder who sadly passed away this summer, there will be another chance to see his unforgettable performance in the role that defined him in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. And finally, acclaimed musician, broadcaster and Family Film Festival favourite Neil Brand returns with Keaton for Kids, celebrating the magic of Buster Keaton, with live piano accompaniment.

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