Who We Are


Founder Director

Founder and Chief Executive of Small World Cinema, Jenny Thompson brings more than 15 years experience in the field of media for children and young people.

From 2000-2010 Jenny was Lab Director of Performing Arts Labs’ (www.pallabs.org) programme, specialising in media for child and family audiences. This included co-direction of PYGMALION PLUS, the European project development programme for Family Film, TV and Interactive Media, funded by the EU MEDIA programme and the 2009 Indian Children’s Film Lab, funded by MEDIA International.  In addition she has been a consultant to the UK’s Filmclub (www.filmclub.org), advising on world cinema for children.

Previously she was a consultant to Channel 4, setting up a series of workshops for young programme-makers, and organising a C4/BFI conference, Children on Screen. Subsequently she was Programme Executive for the Second World Summit on Television for Children which took place in 1998 and later a consultant to the Brazilian organisers of the 4th World Summit in 2004. She has organised workshops in collaboration with Pakistan Television in 2000 and 2002 on writing and developing children’s television drama and was also a consultant to UNICEF’s broadcast department.


Website Manager

Laura Kloss’ expertise has been developed over five years of programming family films and events for cinema. She gained her avid interest in international children’s cinema working for Curzon World (formally Curzon Artificial Eye) where she developed the first family strand for Curzon Cinemas called ‘Curzon CineKids’ unique in its wide variety of independent, foreign language and classic films and workshop events for the family audience. In  2010 she won The Big Draw Festival Drawing Inspiration Highly Commended Award for her innovative animation workshops drawing on 16mm film. 

Since leaving Curzon she has started up her own educational workshop programme under the name Lightbox Cinema, which teaches children and families about cinema history through fun, creative workshops in cinemas, schools and at film festivals. Her past collaborators include: Historic Royal Palaces, Flatpack Festival, and The Lost Picture Show. Laura now also works full-time as the Community and Learning Project Manager for Chocolate Films, an independent, not-for-profit production company, who specialise in documentary filmmaking and media training for young people.


Consultant: Film in Education

Geraldine Walker has more than 20 years’ teaching experience,  followed by eight years working for the independent Showroom Cinema in Sheffield, for Screen Yorkshire, and for Showcomotion, Sheffield’s Young People’s film festival and one of the most established in the UK.  She has developed many teaching strategies with creative approaches to using film from Foundation to U3A, and has designed innovative methods of working with foreign language film in education.

Geraldine also works with British Film Institute (bfi), Film EducationNational Media Museum and Children’s Media Conference . Geraldine is also Education Director  at Reel Solutions (www.reelsolutions.co.uk).


Education and Film Resources

Val Rutt works with Small World Cinema as a consultant to develop resources and activities linked to our films, for children and teachers.

Val is a writer and also teaches part time in a London primary school. She has published three books for children, The Mystery of the Lost Keystones and The Mystery of the Darkstone, both published by Puffin and Out of the Blue, a novel for young adults published by Piccadilly Press. Val was the first Writer In Residence at the  Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre when it opened in 2005, where she was engaged to work with both  children and adults. She also gives creative workshops in other schools.

As a teacher she is convinced of the value of exposing children to films from many cultures. As a writer, she is enthusiastic about their potential to inspire and provoke creativity in children across all art forms.