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Finding the Hidden Child: The (Im)Possibility of Children’s Films

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This chapter argues for the greater involvement of women in the screen industries for children in order to address an asymmetry which currently leads to a subordination of the lived experiences of girls. Through analysis of the focalization in the opening sequence of six contemporary live-action children’s films, the chapter reflects on the theoretical construct of the hidden adult in children’s fiction and considers new ways in which girls and girlhood might be imagined and represented in children’s film.

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    One of the examples is a long-form television drama series for children owing to the lack of films for children that are made annually in the UK.

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Parry, B. (2019). Finding the Hidden Child: The (Im)Possibility of Children’s Films. In: Hermansson, C., Zepernick, J. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of Children's Film and Television. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17620-4_31

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