The coming-of-age tale is a staple of world cinema. But during a time of school children striking, and an uncertain future for many young people, can films about their lives and their perspectives help us re-connect with our younger selves? And I doing so, can we find a bit more compassion for the next generation?
Growing Pains is a small season, bringing together films that have at their heart stories about young people, their experiences, and perspectives on the world.
Mid90s, Pond Life and Beats are all set a little over 20 years ago; a more innocent time perhaps? In a pre-social media age these films are all about adventures great and small which, when undertaken with the right people, can help build a community when family falls apart.
In contrast, Eighth Grade and Madeline’s Madeline feel painfully contemporary; twin stories about young women trying to assert their own identity, to demand respect in a world that feels against them.