The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle

The Herne Hill Baptist Church opens its doors on bank holiday Monday for this beautifully animated fantasy film that will appeal to adults and children alike. Japan’s Studio Ghibli collaborates with Dutch animator, Michael Dudok de Wit, and French co-writer, Pascale Ferran, bringing us an East meets West storytelling of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island. A 2016 Cannes Film Festival winner, it was also nominated this year for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards. An unnamed antihero battles then submits to a storm and survives this brutal yet lush island teeming with life and the beauty and ravages of nature. But his desperate attempts to escape the island and his loneliness are relentlessly thwarted by a mysterious giant female red turtle; the mariner is trapped in this Eden-like prison. Beautifully told in Ghibli’s notorious style but without words, it speaks profoundly to us all. The Red Turtle   is about an awareness of, a respect for and an acceptance of natu

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