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Roald Dahl on Film


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016

Steven Spielberg
Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement
117 mins, 2016, UK/Canada/USA

Steven Spielberg re-united with ET writer Melissa Matheson to create this magical adaptation of Roald Dahl's adored tale which simply radiates with open-hearted warmth.

Orphan Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) is spirited off to Giant Country by a big, friendly giant (Mark Rylance in a gorgeously real motion-captured performance), where he shows her his world. He's a vegetarian who means no harm and is the smallest giant in the Country, where the others bully him relentlessly - as well as insisting on a diet of "human beans" - so he tries to compensate by blowing pleasant dreams through the windows of sleeping children. Can Sophie and the BFG unite with some royal help to finally put an end to the larger giants' human gobbling?

Perfect for human beans of all sizes, the BFG has big big BIG heart - and will, ultimately, leave you believing in the magic of dreams. Perhaps the future can be bigger, and friendlier, and more giant than we ever imagined...

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