Apparently, the leader of the free world acts like a child. Just as we thought. But I’ve seen plenty of child actors who behave better and more politely than Donny, even when left home alone for the second time. I’ve even seen children acting rationally and maturely, both in films and real life, so it is possible that Donny-boy may surprise us one day and do something that adds value to others’ lives, not just his own.
I’m asking this week about which child screen performances have impressed you. We’ve mentioned Quvenzhané Wallis in Beasts of the Southern Wild and Ellar Coltrane in Boyhood in previous weeks but there are plenty of other impressive youngsters. I’ll leave the decks clear by picking Mark Cousins’ fascinating documentary A Story of Children and Film which, if your mind goes blank, provides many examples of performing children from cinema worldwide.
What films featuring child roles would you recommend?