When ACMI sent out a request some weeks ago for suggestions for favourite children’s films for their Kids’ Flicks by Request program, on behalf of Alexander, I nominated The Secret of Roan Inish. This is my all-time favourite family film, set in
Today I was very pleased to receive an email from ACMI notifying us that Alexander’s choice was one of two films currently selected for screening, and he has received acknowledgement on the Kids’ Flicks by Request page (the other selection is Interstella 5555). The film is being screened twice only at ACMI, at 10.30am and 1.00pm on Sunday July 15, and tickets for all ages are only $5. Obviously I highly recommend the film – put it in your diaries and go see it, with or without kids. It’s a beautiful story that will linger for days.
The Secret of Roan Inish (G)
John Sayles, 102 mins,
Independent-minded young Fiona (Jeni Courtney), sent to live with her grandparents on the wild west coast of Ireland, firmly believes that she and her family are partly descended from the selkies (seals) who populate the mysterious island of Roan Inish.
John Sayles' realist style of filmmaking handles the fable-like qualities in Rosalie K. Fry's novella with a sure and delicate hand. Master cinematographer Haskell Wexler invests the film with glorious light and atmosphere.
“Exquisite! A crackling good tale of wonder, mystery and magic. Manages to be both contemporary and timeless” Los Angeles Times