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Kids Whirled at Loughborough Junction

Date posted: 02.12.2014

"One of very few opportunities in London to show different, interesting, not 3D blockbuster films to our kids" - KidsWhirled audience  member,

Families have been flocking to an old railway arch in Loughborough Junction for Kids Whirled, a weekly film club for young people that launched this Autumn thanks to support from Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme.

The project was born out of a desire to open up members' film club Whirled Cinema to wider audiences, and provide a centre of family activity for local residents. Like its 'adult' counterpart, Kids Whirled offers memberships for the nine month programme, but tickets can also be purchased on the door.

Kids Whirled screens an eclectic mix of films for all ages, including E.T., Azur and Asmar – The Princes Quest, A Cat in Paris, The 400 Blows and Skyfall. At each event, audiences are issued with old-fashioned cinema tickets and collectable film-themed pin badges. Colouring sheets related to the film are also offered at the screenings aimed at younger children.

"Our aim is to surprise and delight our local families with films they may not otherwise have the opportunity to watch in a cinema setting," says Kids' Whirled's Marie Lenclos, who runs the project with Whirled Cinema's Rob Lindsay.

A resounding success

 a young audience member at KidsWhirled holds up their film poster"Kids' Whirled brings the community together in a magical way, familiar local faces, wonderful choice of films that appeal to a wide range of ages. We're so so incredibly lucky to have KidsWhirled on our doorstep," says one happy customer, indicating the glowing feedback on the project from local residents.

"It reminds me of the movies when I was growing up," said another "and why I really appreciate quality cinema today".

And in a resounding endorsement for the event, one audience member commented: "It offers a sanctuary of film, education and friends."

Want to be a part of it? Head to a screening

the audience at KidsWhirled catch up after a screening.

Saturday 6 December Howl's Moving Castle (dubbed into English)
Recommended for ages 5+

A stunning spectacular tale by the visionary Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking home.

Saturday 13 December: Frozen
Recommended for ages 4+

A special Christmas screening of Disney's phenomenon that has won over children around the world. Singing will be allowed and encouraged at the screening.

Tickets are £3.50 per person (adults and children) on the door or online. 

Regular attenders can buy a discounted 'reward card' which gives 8 entires for £20.

The spring programme will be announced soon. Check for updates

About Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme

The programme has been made possible through a grant from Film Hub London's Community Screen Scheme, an innovative funding opportunity for people showing films across the capital.

Through this Scheme, the Hub supports community programming initiatives which aim to reach new or underserved audiences in their local area.

The next round of awarded projects will be announced in December.

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