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The Selfish Giant (Barnard, 2013)

Set on the outskirts of Bradford, the film follows two young lads, Arbor and Swifty, and their dealings with a local scrap dealer. Boldly cinematic and featuring astonishing performances from the two leads, The Selfish Giant further cements Barnard’s reputation as a visionary filmmaker.

Panellists included:

Paul Brightly-Jones: Lead on school exclusions and reintegration, London Borough of Croydon

Jason Strelitz, Assistant Director of Public Health and lead for maternity, children and young people, Camden & Islington; Co-Author of “Decent Childhoods – Reframing the fight to End Child Poverty”

Peter Wilson, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Co-Founder of Young Minds


The Kid With a Bike (Dardenne Brothers, 2011)

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this deeply moving film tells the story of Cyril, a young boy abandoned by his father and left in a children’s home. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser Samantha agrees to foster him on weekends. .

The screening was followed by a discussion on the film and its themes, by an expert panel:

Chair: Dr. Andrea Goddard, Consultant Paediatrician and Lead in Adolescent Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital, London