Sheffield cinema tribute to Roald Dahl

The BFG, part of a Roald Dahl season of films at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield to celebrate the author's centenary year
The BFG, part of a Roald Dahl season of films at the Showroom Cinema, Sheffield to celebrate the author's centenary year

Fans of children's author Roald Dahl will be able to enjoy his films in a special series of his films at Sheffield's Showroom cinema.

To celebrate the centenary year of Roald Dahl’s birth, Film Hub Wales and partners Chapter have developed a family-friendly film programme that will celebrate the much-loved storyteller, who was born in Cardiff in 1916.

The season launch coincides with the release of Entertainment One’s The BFG, in July, and culminates on Roald Dahl Day on September 13 - 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth.

The programme aims to appeal to audiences of all ages, featuring his best-loved classics like James and the Giant Peach and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

There will also be his lesser-known screenplays such as the cult classic Gremlins, which was inspired by Gremlin Gus, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, which will give everyone a chance to relive a scary childhood moments with the ‘child catcher’, the character Roald Dahl added into Ian Fleming’s original story.

As well as family-friendly films and events, the season also promises to cater to an adult audience, with films such as Night Digger and episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which captivated us when we really should have been in bed.

Hana Lewis of Film Hub Wales, said: “We are extremely proud to be leading the UK’s national celebration of Roald Dahl on Film and look forward to working with Film Hub North together with our partners across all nine BFI Film Audience Network regions.

“We were all inevitably inspired by Roald Dahl as children and as we grow into adults, his stories remain with us. The season will offer a rare opportunity for parents to enjoy his films together with their children, on the big screen.

“Venues have some exceptional ideas in store to entertain audiences, from outdoor events, to creative workshops and darker tales for the grown-ups. We’ll be announcing the full listings in the coming weeks.”

John Collins, brand marketing director at The Roald Dahl Literary Estate, said: "Roald Dahl had an incredible talent for creating stories and characters that not only leap off the page, but leap too onto the big screen so naturally and so memorably. We’re delighted that Film Hub Wales and Chapter are celebrating these amazing movies through Roald Dahl on Film during his centenary year."

To find out what’s on and how to buy tickets, visit: www.filmhubwales.org/roalddahlonfilm. Other Yorkshire venues are City Screen, York and Picturehouse Bradford at the National Media Museum.