On Saturday 1 April, Handmade Cinema brought Matilda’s books, Bruce Bogtrotter’s giant chocolate cake, Mr Wormwood’s cars and Danny DeVito’s 1996 film to The Jubilee Centre, Wilson Road.

Roald Dahl’s classic novel came to life with an afternoon of craft activities, themed-refreshments, magic tricks, handmade scenery, face painting, books-a-plenty and a pop-up film screening. Audience members were invited into a decorated space where they could enjoy reading stories like Matilda, eating cake like Bruce, plaiting hair like Amanda Thripp and watch a film like the Wormwood family.

The space was decorated using the art and stories created by the children at the Illustration and Creative Writing workshops at Broomhill Library in the weeks leading up to the screening. There was also a special display of work from the Matilda Writing Competition, which took place in March.

Handmade Cinema was also joined by children’s book shop Rhyme & Reason with a special book stall to help children start a new reading journey.

What did you think?

“Wonderful community event for families”

“Very family friendly and accessible to all ages – lots to do connected to the film.”

“I like the magic tricks.”

“We loved the creativity, especially entering through a book, the chocolate cake and sets from the Wormwood’s garage and lounge.”

“It was magickull and it has a happy ending.”

“Very relaxed event with lots to involve the children.”