Autumn 2017 – V&A Museum of Childhood


A season of three films in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Childhood Culture


Ratcatcher (Ramsay, 1999)

The debut film from the director of We Need To Talk About KevinRatcatcher explores a young boy’s troubled childhood on a housing estate in Glasgow during the national garbage strike of the 1970s.

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Olu Alake, The End Child Poverty Coalition
  • Sandra Hebron, Head of Screen Studies at National Film and Television School, former Artistic Director of London Film Festival
  • Roslyn Law, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Whistle Down The Wind (Forbes, 1961)

A portrait of childhood innocence where three Lancashire children find a murderer on the run in their barn and believe that he is Jesus Christ.

Followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Steve Baker, Association of Child Psychotherapists
  • Bonnie Evans, Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellow, History Department, Queen Mary University of London.
  • Mark Glancy, Reader in Film History, Queen Mary University of London.


Spirit of the Beehive (Erice, 1973)

In this bewitching portrait of a child’s inner life in post Civil War Spain, six-year-old Ana attends a traveling movie screening of Frankenstein and becomes obsessed by the memory of it.

The film screening will be followed by an informal discussion and Q&A with:

  • Helen Graham, author of The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction and Professor of Spanish History, Royal Holloway University of London
  • Isabel Paz, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Sarah Wright, author of The Child in Spanish Cinema and Professor of Hispanic Studies, Royal Holloway University of London​