Western lights up the big screen

Looking for some indoor family fun during these cold winter months? The University of Western Ontario’s Department of Film Studies and Museum London’s in-house theatre are joining together to give children a chance to see some quality cinema and short films.

The Family Film Series will be running once a month, from January until May. The first film, My Neighbor Totoro, is this Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is free, and families are encouraged to bring their own nut-free snacks.

Other films featured in this series include, Talespinners, on Feb. 19, and the 1971 classic version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, on March 25.

“Moving images and films are part of our everyday life since a very early age,” says Film Studies professor Constanza Burucua. “Today, children are almost born into an audio visual world, so it becomes key to introduce them to stories and tales that are not as widely circulated as the ones they can watch on commercial television, but that can be equally entertaining and stimulate their learning skills.”

All films in the series begin at 3 p.m. Family Films is part of free programming at Museum London on Sundays which also includes guided tours of the exhibitions at 2 p.m., and Imagination Station, a drop-in program from 1-3:45 p.m. designed to promote learning and creative interaction for children and adults.

Visit the series website for more information.