FILM: Let film magic you away from today’s problems

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NEXT Wednesday, March 2, the Eastbourne Film Society rings the changes when, at the Curzon Cinema with seats available for the general public, it presents the film Ponyo.

Following on from a number of films with very serious subject matter, the Society is pleased to show this delightful movie which is the work of Hayao Miyazaki.

This Japanese film-maker is recognised world-wide as one of the greatest animators alive today and, indeed, he is so admired in America that this version of Ponyo has been dubbed expertly into English using largely American players under the supervision of John Lasseter noted for his work with Disney and Pixar.

In recent years the Society has shown a number of animated films although, regardless of the fact that everybody loves Wallace and Gromit, it does seem that some people hesitate over attending movies of this kind.

However, those who have come to the Society’s past offerings in this format have suggested that the others do not know what they are missing.

Certainly Ponyo, which is set in Japan but nevertheless draws loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, again proves that Miyazaki’s work can be enjoyed by adults no less than by children.

Miyazaki does not believe in computer-generated effects and remains dedicated to hand-drawn images however long the work takes.

The voices used include those of Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Lily Tomlin but the essential appeal in this fantasy tale centred on a five year old boy is down to the amazing imaginative powers of the film-maker.

That’s what gives Ponyo a real freshness and a sense of magic to take us away from the problems of life today.