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The Red Turtle (Studio Ghibli film) with Craft at The Workshop at Bootmakers

February 15, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

£4 – £8

The Red Turtle is a silent animated film from Japan’s Studio Ghibli and according to the Guardian film reviewer Mark Kermode it’s a masterpiece. It follows the fortunes of a shipwrecked man on an island, and is “eloquent, profound and moving”.

Studio Ghibli has been responsible for some of the most innovative and exciting children’s films in the past twenty five years – Hal’s Moving Castle, Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Princess Mononoko amongst many others. If your children love Disney/Pixar (Toy Story et al), Aardman (Shaun the Sheep, Chicken Run), then Studio Ghibli is a natural progression because it is a different side of animation and storytelling, one that doesn’t rely on the three act structure and sharp computer animation.

Directed by UK-based Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit, who won an Oscar for his 2000 short, Father and Daughter, The Red Turtle is an ambitious east-meets-west endeavour that had been gestating for a decade. Working with co-writer Pascale Ferran, Dudok de Wit has conjured a story that combines Ghibli’s familiar ecological themes with a narrative attuned to European sensibilities. Chief animator Jean-Christophe Lie keeps his talented team faithful to the director’s international influences: the clean lines of Belgian cartoonist Hergé; the strange beauty of French artist Jean Giraud (aka Moebius); the bold spaces of Miyazaki and Takahata.

WhereWestBegins has teamed up with creative innovators Ian and Safia from The Workshop at Bootmakers. Based in Wincanton’s Market Place they have developed an amazing craft workshop for us based on the film and using upcycled materials. Under their guidance, your children will make a beautiful turtle which they can take home afterwards. We would like to photograph the results before you leave…

We will be watching “The Red Turtle” film in Wincanton Town Hall for about 90 minutes, and then everyone will walk across the road to The Workshop at Bootmakers where the craft workshop will take place for about an hour. Adults are welcome and if you wish to participate in the film and/or the workshop then you must buy a ticket which is £8 for both sessions (concessions including children are £4). Refreshments (not included in the ticket price) will be available at The Workshop.

The film is a PG but we recommend this film for children 8-14 year olds (depending on ability). Any younger children must be accompanied by an adult!



February 15, 2018
2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
£4 – £8
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Wincanton Town Hall
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Wincanton , BA9 9LD United Kingdom
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