Anime season at Stratford’s Picturehouse


A season of Studio Ghibli films are showing as part of Stratford Picturehouse’s Vintage Sundays, which sees “cool classics put back on the big screen”.

Studio Ghibli are the Japanese creative company famed for making animation, or ‘anime’, feature films.

The films are shown every Sunday at midday – culminating with Howl’s Moving Castle on Sunday, 8th April.

Tickets are £8 or £5 for members and children. Book online or call 0871 902 5741.

Isabelle Mousley, left, 17, who is studying Film Studies at Stratford College, and a fan of Studio Ghibli, tells Herald arts about the anime-makers

Studio Ghibli was founded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, in June 1985. Some of my favourite films by them are Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro, both award-winning movies with a charming quality; the crazy characters and sense of freedom enticed me to them.

The films, while weird and wonderful, show honest character development and deal with real issues that kids have to deal with. This allowed me to connect with these heart-felt movies that also discuss world problems, such as environmentalism, despite their fantasy element they find interesting ways of showing a sense of realism.

Studio Ghibli create stories that can be watched by children and adults. The stories are so wonderful and imaginative, you can’t help but get engrossed in the storylines and emotionally invested in the characters.

I recommend seeing these films as they stay with you forever; the aesthetic shots and the attention to detail creates new ways of seeing the world, and everyone should have that experience.