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Introduce your kids to someone who hates children
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There is a rumour going around that Roald Dahl hated kids.

If he did, it was a love/hate relationship as they loved him.

British Council of Australia Facebook

It is easy to see how that rumour began. Think of some of the inglorious ends his children's characters meet;

Augustus Gloop who falls into a river of chocolate and can't swim;

Mike Teavee, a boy who does nothing but watch TV all day, who ends up trapped inside one - reduced to its diminutive size.

Perhaps it is not that Dahl didn't like kids but rather he preferred well behaved ones. And in this he placed the onus on the parents and their parenting as well as children. Consider his little poem for parents concerning television viewing:

Oh yes, we know it keeps them still,
They don't climb out the window sill,
They never fight or kick or punch,
They leave you free to cook the lunch
And wash the dishes in the sink–
But did you ever stop to think,
To wonder just exactly what
This does to your beloved tot?

(From Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Ironically just about all his children's books have been turned into some kind of movie or TV show.

Original film poster. Image from Wikipedia

And they are all classics. Wonderful productions in themselves but also for the shrewd parent, great platforms to encourage kids to read these great tales for themselves.

And where kids are too young ,Dahl's books make the best ever bedtime stories; mainly because they are enjoyable for parents as well as children. And children catch your enthusiasm.

His stories are so non-cliche with such unexpected happenings. You can never second guess Dahl because he had such a vivid imagination.

So hopefully this Roald Dahl film season, put on in association with the British Council Australia, will introduce Road Dahl to a new generation of readers.

The films on show include:

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

This is the Gene Wilder version which has lost none of its impact over the years. Sing along with the Oompa-loompas

Sun 1 Sep 2013, 1.30pm, 3.30pm
Sun 8 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sat 14 Sep 2013, 1pm
Sun 15 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sat 21 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sun 22 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm

Recommend you take the kids to Max Brenner for a chocolate lick afterwards. These little pots of melted chocolate are only $2.50. Or Suga where you can see huge rolls of sweets being made.

The BFG: Big Friendly Giant

Everyone should have an imaginary friend as big as this one. Did you know that the little girl in the story, Sophie was named after Dahl's granddaughter?

Mon 23 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Tue 24 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Danny, the Champion of the World

This is my favourite Roald Dahl tale. While not as famous as his others it is one of the most heart-warming stories I ever read to my kids. The film also does justice to this great story. Starring Jeremy Irons.

Wed 25 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Thu 26 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Fri 27 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Sat 28 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm


Image Wikipedia

Danny DeVito's film adaptation of Roald Dahl's tale about a young girl with magical powers and her rather dumb, oblivious middle-class parents. Great send up.

Sun 29 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Mon 30 Sep 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

James and the Giant Peach

Film poster Wikipedia

A fantasy that will balloon you into new heights. Lots of action and clever animation.

Tue 1 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Wed 2 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Thu 3 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm
Fri 4 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is the more recent version with Johnny Depp playing Willy Wonka. A madcap chocolate feast. Ditto of Max Brenner and Suga.

Sat 5 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sun 6 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sat 12 Oct 2013, 1pm
Sun 13 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Another gorgeous story which really gets kids thinking about animals and how they have families just like us. Voice overs by George Clooney and Meryl Streep as Mr. and Mrs. Fox.

Sat 19 Oct 2013, 1pm
Sun 20 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm
Sat 26 Oct 2013, 1pm
Sun 27 Oct 2013, 10.30am, 1pm

See the movies by all means but don't forget to read the books. So then your kids will pass them on to the next generation.

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Why? To introduce your kids to reading Roald Dahl
When: 1st of September to 27th of October
Where: ACMI at Federation Square
Cost: $7 or $5 for ACMI members
Your Comment
The 'BFG' animated film was my first introduction to Roald Dhal, and since then has always remained my favourite. I hated 'James and the Giant Peach' and the Johnny Depp Chocolate Factory though.

I didn't realise there had been a film made of Danny. When was that from?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12470) 2243 days ago
You can also check out his book titled 'Boy' about his childhood. It's a funny read and gives insight into the characters in his many books.
by klmm. (score: 0|5) 2242 days ago
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