From the 1950s to the 1980s the Children's Film Foundation made films for Saturday morning cinema clubs across the UK - entertaining and educating generations of British children. This first history of this much-loved organisation provides an overview of the CFF's films, interviews with key backstage personnel, and memories of audience members.
Robert Shail is Professor of Film in the Northern Film School at Leeds Beckett University and formerly Head of Film and Media at the University of Wales, Lampeter. He has published widely on British cinema and the representation of masculinity. His current research work has focused on children's media, including comic books. Recent publications include 'Anarchy in the UK: Reading Beryl the Peril via Historic Conceptions of Childhood' in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship in 2012 to investigate the history of the Children's Film Foundation.
Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Story of the Foundation 2. The Films 3. The Personnel 4. The Audience 5. The Legacy - The Children's Media Foundation Conclusion Appendix 1: Production Chronology Appendix 2: Further Reading Appendix 3: The Cinemas Index