Indie Anime at Newcastle in April

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Newcastle's Star and Shadow cinema screening experimental anime shorts.

The Star and Shadow cinema in Newcastle has announced it will screen independent Japanese animations in two different programmes on April 7 and 14.

On April 7 at 1930, there will be a presentation called Beyond Anime, an 85-minute program showcasing Japanese animators who use innovative and varied techniques. The films were brought together by the label CALF Animation, which aims 'to redefine our notions of what we understand by the terms Japanese animation, by giving a stage to some of the country's most innovative and exciting practitioners.' The screening will be presented by Jasper Sharp, who curated Zipangu Fest, a celebration of indie Japanese cinema in London last November.

Ero Guro Anime Night follows on April 14 at 1930. The phrase 'ero guro' means 'erotic grotesque.' According to the site, this is a collection of 'four nightmarish short animation films sitting within a hybridised East-West freakshow tradition, featuring cities being destroyed, serial killers, and a journey into the kingdom of the dead.' Among the films is Midori, 'a violent and unsettling epic' by director Hiroshi Harada.

The screenings are part of a Japanese Film Season at the Star and Shadow cinema. It also includes two live-action films, the A-bomb drama NN-891102 on April 10, and the high-school comedy Footed Tadpoles on April 17.

The Star and Shadow venue details are here.

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