Blue skies, laughter and some rather squeaky singing heralded the arrival of Bradford Family Film Festival today, with families from across the area descending on City Park for the first free film of the month, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip. Luck was on our side and the sun was shining for the duration of the screening, making it the perfect occasion for a family picnic, and many came prepared with snacks and blankets – one family even brought a tent!
The audience began arriving at 10:30, and continued to do so until after the film had started at 11:00, with a total of around 190 people joining us altogether. The poor stewards were kept busy setting up more and more chairs to seat the growing crowd! Children reacted enthusiastically to the film’s announcement by organiser David Wilson, cheering and joining in with a countdown to the film’s start… And their enjoyment did not let up, with spontaneous dancing breaking out in some areas as the Chipmunks performed their rendition of the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit ‘Uptown Funk’!
The atmosphere in City Park was light, fun and friendly, and the film fans were joined by plenty of children having a spectacular time playing in the nearby Mirror Pool. The post-film activities provided by Bricks4Kidz (www.bricks4kidz.co.uk) also proved popular, with visiting children guided in how to create Pokémon out of Lego bricks, or engaging in free play with the huge collection of Lego bricks provided.
Bradford Family Film Festival continues tomorrow with Shaun the Sheep Movie at Bradford Industrial Museum, before returning to City Park next Wednesday for our second free film screening, with the popular Pixar adventure comedy Cars. See you there!
Review by Alice Lassey
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