Regisseur Jimmy T. Murakami

Cast Peggy Ashcroft, John Mills, Robin Houston

Lengte 84 min.

Jaar 1986

Taal English


With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II. When the Wind blows is a beautifully animated, heavily frustrating experience focused on two very cute characters that make you want to clench your fists and punch a wall due to their utterly baffling naiveté. The soundtrack was created by David Bowie and Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters.

When the Wind Blows is a 1986 British animated disaster film directed by Jimmy Murakami based on Raymond Briggs’ comic book of the same name. The film stars the voices of John Mills and Peggy Ashcroft as the two main characters and was scored by Roger Waters. The film accounts a rural English couple’s attempt to survive a nearby nuclear attack and maintain a sense of normality in the subsequent fallout and nuclear winter.

The film is a hybrid of traditional and stop-motion animation. The characters of Jim and Hilda Bloggs are hand-drawn, as well as the area outside of the Bloggses house, but their home and most of the objects in it are real objects that seldom move but are animated with stop motion when they do. The stop motion environments utilised are based on the style used for the Protect and Survive public information films. “Protect And Survive” is also featured as the booklet that Jim takes instructions from to survive the nuclear attack.

For this Month’s Modern Classics, we’ll screen four films that reflect on the consequences of nuclear war and its sorrows, sadness, destruction and dangers. All, except for one, made in the eighties, these films act as a time capsule, showing the anxiety and horror the cold war instilled. Click here for the full program.