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Horizons Project - LaunchPad Menu - Spring 2018

LaunchPad films are designed to attract a younger audience (Under 30) but without alienating those over that age. They are not necessarily “Childrens” films


  • Flat fee of £125 (including VAT) for all films on this menu.
    • Booking a film from this menu will also allow you book a Standard menu film for the discounted rate of £140 plus 60% of the gross box office thereafter (when both films are booked at the same time)


    Attack The Block (2011) the Block is a 2011 British science fiction horror comedy film written and directed by Joe Cornish and starring Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Nick Frost & Luke Treadaway. It is notable for being the film debut for both Cornish, Boyega, and future Academy Award-winning composer Steven Price. The film centres on a teenage street gang who have to defend themselves from predatory alien invaders on a council estate in South London on Guy Fawkes Night.

      Rating: 15 Yrs & Over (15)

      Genre: British / Horror Comedy



    Driving Lessons (2006) Ben Marshall (Rupert Grint) is the poetry-writing son of complacent and emasculated Robert, a vicar obsessed with ornithology, and domineering mother Laura, whose strong religious beliefs lead her to perform charitable acts while ignoring the emotional needs of her family, such as forcing Ben to deliver meals on wheels despite having no car. His world changes when he begins to work for a retired actress (Julie Walters).

      Rating: 15 Yrs & Over (15)

      Genre: British / Comedy Drama



    Fast Girls (2012),w_680/fl_lossy,pg_1,q_auto/girls_8_za3hpn.jpgMade to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics, the Noel Clarke written film is an uplifting film following the story of two London school girls who compete with each other to land a place in the British World Championship Team. Fast Girls has a sense of fun and is a positive story that likely wouldn’t have been made at any other time.It explores the class and racial divide so apparent in Britain: James’ character is from a family of athletes and whose father has political power whilst Crichlow’s character is from a council estate.


      Rating: 12 Yrs & Over (12)

      Genre: British / Sport Drama



    Kes (1969) at school and ignored and abused at home by his indifferent mother and older brother, Billy Casper (David Bradley), a 15-year-old working-class Yorkshire boy, tames and trains his pet kestrel falcon whom he names Kes. Helped and encouraged by his English teacher Mr. Farthing (Colin Welland) and his fellow students, Billy finally finds a positive purpose to his unhappy existence, until tragedy strikes. The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw says: “Ken Loach's social-realist tragedy about a boy who trains a kestrel is still transcendentally powerful”

      Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

      Genre: British / Drama



    Kids in Love (2016) against the backdrop of an underground, bohemian London, Kids In Love offers a new take on the traditional coming of age story. Drifting through his gap year with internships and travel plans, Jack (Will Poulter) has always suspected there was more to life than this. A chance encounter with the beautiful and ethereal Evelyn (Alma Jodorowsky) and her friends, including free spirited Viola (Cara Delevingne), swerves his life radically off course. She is like no one he's ever met before, and he quickly becomes caught up in a whirlwind of all-day parties and wild nights in London's hidden dives with her charismatic friends.

      Rating: 15 Yrs & Older (15)

      Genre: British / Drama




    Mary and Max (2009),0,707,1000_AL_.jpgA darkly comic, animated feature charting the 20-year correspondence of two unlikely pen pals. When their epistolary alliance begins, Mary is an eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne with her alcoholic mother and inattentive father, while Max is an obese 40-something Jewish New Yorker prone to panic attacks. The only thing the two have in common is their friendlessness and profound sense of alienation. Spanning two continents and two decades, their extraordinary friendship helps them both through life's highs and lows as they grapple with the everyday troubles of modern existence. Stars: Toni Collette, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eric Bana

      Rating: U12s with an adult (12A)

      Genre: Australian/ Animation



    My Life As A Courgette (2016) (Zucchini) is an intriguing nickname for a 9-year-old boy. Although his unique story is surprisingly universal. After his mother's disappearance, Courgette is befriended by a police officer Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this strange, at times, hostile environment. Yet with Raymond's help and his new-found friends, Courgette eventually learns to trust and might find true love.

      Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

      Genre: Swiss/French / Animation



    Persopolis (2007)

    Oscar nominated French-Iranian animated biographical film. Based on Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel about her life in pre and post-revolutionary Iran and then in Europe. The film traces Satrapi's growth from child to rebellious, punk-loving teenager in Iran. In the background are the growing tensions of the political climate in Iran in the 70s and 80s, with members of her liberal-leaning family detained and then executed, and the background of the disastrous Iran/Iraq war.


      Rating: U12s with an adult (12A)

      Genre: French-Iranian/ Animation



    Pride (2014)

    Inspirational comedy, Pride, tells the little-heard true-life tale of how a lesbian and gay activist group set about raising money to support the miner's strikes in the mid '80s. A BAFTA Award winning film. Starring: Imelda Staunton, Andrew Scott, Bill Nighy and Dominic West




      Rating: 15 Yrs & Over (15)

      Category/Genre: British / Drama




    Princess Mononoke (1997)

    Critically acclaimed and highly popular film from Studio Ghibli (and the highest grossing film in Japan until the release of Titanic). On a journey to find the cure for a Tatarigami's curse, Ashitaka finds himself in the middle of a war between the forest gods and Tatara, a mining colony. In this quest he also meets San, the Mononoke Hime.



      Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

      Category: Japanese / Animation



    Romeo + Juliet (1996) Lurman’s visionary retelling of the Shakespearian tragedy sets the action in modern-day America, with two rival street gangs representing the Montagues and Capulets. Despite being over 20 years old, this film is as relevant today as it was at its release, not least because it retains the original text of the play and flawlessly integrates it into a music-video-esque world with a soundtrack featuring the likes of Garbage, Radiohead and The Wannadies. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

      Rating: U12s with an adult (12A)

      Category/Genre: Drama / Romance



    Sing Street (2016) is the mid eighties and everybody is moving to the beat of Pop music as the brand-new concept of music videos appears on television for the first time. On the other hand, in Dublin, Conor, a teenager with a sensitive heart, is trying to deal with a tense family relationship, reconnect with his older brother, and deal with the hostile environment of his new public school - but then, one day, he sees her - an enigmatically beautiful girl standing in front of the gate of his school indolently observing people passing by. Who is she and how could a boy ever get noticed by such a distant girl? Easy. He would form a band.


      Rating: U12s with an adult (12A)

      Genre: Irish / Drama / Comedy / Musical



    Spirited Away (2001) winning Japanese animation, written and directed by famed animator Hayao Miyazaki and produced by the renowned Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away is the magical tale of Chihiro, a sullen ten-year-old girl who, while moving to a new neighborhood, enters the spirit world ruled by gods, witches, and spirits, where humans are changed into beasts. After her parents are transformed into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro takes a job working in Yubaba's bathhouse to find a way to free herself and her parents and return to the human world.

      Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

      Category/Genre: Japanese/ Animation



    Stockholm, My Love (2016) My Love is a city symphony, a love letter to Stockholm, the fiction debut of director Mark Cousins and the acting debut of musician Neneh Cherry. It follows one woman's footsteps through the streets of her native city, on a journey of recovery from a bad thing that happened to her exactly one year before. It's an exploration of grief, identity and the power of architecture and urbanism to shape lives, and a celebration of the power of walking and looking to make us all feel just a little bit better. With new music by Neneh Cherry, old music by Benny Andersson (of ABBA) and Franz Berwald.


      Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

      Genre: Drama



    Submarine (2010) is a 2010 British coming-of-age comedy-drama film adapted from the 2008 novel of the same name by Joe Dunthorne and is Richard Ayoades directorial debut. 15-year-old Oliver Tate has two objectives: To lose his virginity before his next birthday, and to extinguish the flame between his mother and an ex-lover who has resurfaced in her life.

    The Guardians Peter Bradshaw says: it is touching, sweet and, most importantly, very funny. Watching it, I got exactly the same exhilarated feeling as with Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead: someone very talented at comedy had been allowed to take the helm of a British feature film and do precisely what he wanted to.


      Rating: 15 Yrs & Over (15)

      Category/Genre: British / Comedy Drama




    Swallows and Amazons (2016)

    Four children (the Swallows) on holiday in the Lake District sail on their own to an island and start a war with rival children (the Amazons). In the meantime, a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they did not commit. Based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Ransome and starring Andrew Scott, Rafe Spall, Kelly Macdonald, Jessica Hynes, and Harry Enfield.



      Rating: Parental Guidance (PG)

      Genre: British / Family Adventure