Roald Dahl on Film

Roald Dahl on Film

Season

Please note: this season finished in Sept 2016

"Marvellous things will happen; things even you never dreamt of..." - James and the Giant Peach

Get the summer holidays off to a scrumdiddlyumptious start with our splendiferous family season celebrating the centenary year of iconic children's author Roald Dahl.

From cult classics like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches to this year's latest release The BFG, Dahl's creations have been brought to life on screen - and loved by Dahl fans of all ages - for decades.

Away from the cinema screens head on over to our Book Den in the Café/Bar, a cosy relaxed reading space where we'll be hosting a variety of brain-bizzling (and totally FREE!) activities for families, featuring chocolate illustration, finger puppets, costume making, crafting, reading (with BSL interpreters) and more.

Film tickets are just £6.50 for adults and £4.50 concessions and children - while all activities are free. Take a look at the programme below and see what Dahl delights are in store for you this summer...

Want to go deeper into Dahl's world? Go on our five-minute online journey into a world of the unexpected:

Get a taste of the season

Also check out this month's podcast in which Roseanna Dias, Watershed's Engagement Projects Coordinator and Sally Griffith, national Roald Dahl On Film programmer, discuss the enduring appeal of Roald Dahl to audiences young and old, and to filmmakers – along with highlights of the films and events at both Watershed and Chapter in Cardiff.

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Previously in this season

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 Classified  Roald Dahl on Film
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls - start your engines! Dahl helped adapt this fantasy by his friend Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, and we’re delighted to present this remastered version for you all.

The Big Friendly Craft

Roald Dahl on Film
The Big Friendly Craft
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Event
Human beans of all ages - join in a friendly crafting session in the cosy Book Den area inspired by newest Dahl adaptation, The BFG.

Gremlins

 Classified 12A  Roald Dahl on Film
Gremlins
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
Loosely inspired by the creatures from Dahl’s story The Gremlins, Joe Dante’s creature comedy horror is an homage to B-movie monsters - a Christmas and year-round classic!

Fantastic Mr Fox

 Classified PG  Roald Dahl on Film
Fantastic Mr Fox
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
Wes Anderson's stop motion animation adaptation of Dahl's tale follows Mr. Fox and his quirky band of animal friends as they try to outwit the farmers on their tails - a great fusion of two men's creative minds that will delight audiences little and large.

The BFG

 Classified PG  Roald Dahl on Film
The BFG
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
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.

Costume Making

Roald Dahl on Film
Costume Making
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Workshop
Come along to our Book Den and enjoy a costume making workshop inspired by Roald Dahl's furry entertaining story Fantastic Mr Fox.

The Witches

 Classified PG  Roald Dahl on Film
The Witches
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
Luke discovers that a coven of witches are planning to turn all children in England into mice - starting with him - in Nicolas Roeg's dark and witty retelling of Dahl's tale.

Matilda Scratch & Sniff screening

 Classified PG  Roald Dahl on Film
Matilda Scatch & Sniff screening
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
Super clever schoolgirl Matilda develops telekinetic powers - and uses them to get her own back on her horrid parents. Smell your way through the film with specially commissioned cards!
Roald Dahl Read In A Day - Matilda
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Event
Join us as we read aloud Roald Dahl's magical story Matilda from cover to cover in a day. Featuring special guest readers, live illustrations by local artists, BSL interpretation, and more!

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

 Classified  Roald Dahl on Film
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
The all-time classic starring Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka sees golden ticket winners enter a world of candy-striped trees, rivers of chocolate, lickable wallpaper, three-course dinner chewing gum and much, much more. Pure imagination, indeed…

Illustrating With Chocolate

Roald Dahl on Film
Illustrating With Chocolate
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Workshop
Join neurogastronomer and chocolate enthusiast James Wheale of Understory for this unique illustration workshop using some of finest fair trade chocolate known to human beans!

James and The Giant Peach

 Classified  Roald Dahl on Film
James and The Giant Peach
Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016
Film
Henry Selick (The Nightmare Before Christmas) beautiful captures the free-floating sense of adventure and wonder in this adaptation of Dahl’s creepy-crawly classic tale - about a boy who journeys across the Atlantic on a giant peach!

Make A Finger Puppet

Roald Dahl on Film
Make A Finger Puppet
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Workshop
Come and make your very own insect finger puppet inspired by the bugs in Roald Dahl's James and The Giant Peach, then scuttle on over to the cinema to catch the animated film adaptation on the big screen.
The Marvellous Sweetie Factory
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Event
Invent your own sweet treat at this unique cooking demo event, inspired by Roald Dahl's inventive stories Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and George's Marvellous Medicine.

Book Den

Roald Dahl on Film
Book Den
Please note: This event took place in Aug 2016
Event
Head on over to this relaxed reading space in the Café/Bar, where you'll find comfy seats, copies of Roald Dahl's books, and activities for the kids. All the activities in this area are free and fully grown human beans are always welcome too!