When the Wind Blows 1986 PG
1.15PM Sun 18 Mar 2018
GOMA | Cinema A | Free
Raymond Briggs's heartbreaking graphic novel is brought to life in this equally moving animated adaptation of his 1982 book.
The story concerns an elderly couple – James and Hilda – who live in a small village in rural England. As nuclear tensions ramp up internationally, they potter about absent-mindedly, fearful but never quite grasping the growing severity of the global danger. Eventually, the nuclear situation boils over and James and Hilda are forced to deal with a shocking new reality.
While Briggs's character designs and warm British tone are faithfully rendered, director Jimmy Murakami adds small live-action flourishes that complement the gradual disintegration of easy wistfulness. David Bowie lends a potent opening theme song while Pink Floyd's Roger Waters provides the synthy soundtrack.
When the Wind Blows is a tenderly moving triumph that places its narrative focus on a scenario that emphasises the total indifference with which nuclear weaponry treats even the most vulnerable in our society.
35MM, COLOUR, DOLBY, 80 MINUTES, UK, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: JIMMY MURAKAMI / SCRIPT: RAYMOND BRIGGS / BASED ON THE GRAPHIC NOVEL BY RAYMOND BRIGGS / SUPERVISING EDITOR: JOHN CARY / PRODUCTION CO: MELTDOWN PRODUCTIONS, BRITISH SCREEN PRODUCTIONS, FILM FOUR INTERNATIONAL, TVC LONDON, PENGUIN BOOKS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: DCP