PUBLISHED: 16:17 06 April 2018 | UPDATED: 18:06 06 April 2018 Harry Taylor Dawn Butler MP and Mohammed Imran Khan, an artist at ActionSpace Archant The MP for Brent Central, Dawn Butler, visited an art studio which works with young people with learning disabilities in Wembley as part of its open day. Labour MP, Ms Butler, who is also shadow minister for women and equalities, visited the charity on Thursday March 29. ActionSpace supports the development of artists with learning disabilities, and creates projects for them to engage with the visual arts. It launched in the 1960s and has studios across London. Ms Butler spent time at the Brent studio on Harrow Road, Wembley, talking with artists and their parents. She also quizzed volunteers about their work with the charity. Dawn Butler said: “I was delighted to visit ActionSpace for their open day and I thank them for their warm welcome. We have such talented artists in Brent and they do such great work there, and I commend … [Read more...] about Brent Central MP Dawn Butler visits Wembley charity art studio ActionSpace
JAPANESE anime pioneer Isao Takahata has died aged 82. Takahata, who was famous for developing a hand-drawn "manga" look, died of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, it has been confirmed. Takahata's last film - The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, based on a Japanese folktale - was nominated for a 2015 Oscar for best animated feature. He launched the prestigious Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli with animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1986, hoping to create Japan's Disney. Takahata knew his work, which used floating sketches, stood as a challenge to Hollywood's computer-generated cartoons. Strong female characters were a Takahata trademark. He was planning to make a film about exploited girls, forced to work as nannies with infants strapped on their backs. All his stories, he said, held the message of urging everyone to live life to the fullest, to be all they can be and not be bogged down by petty concerns like money and prestige. He directed Grave Of The Fireflies, a tragic tale about … [Read more...] about Isao Takahata dead at 82 – Studio Ghibli co-founder and manga visionary passes away after lung cancer battle
TOKYO -- Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82. Takahata started Ghibli with Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, hoping to create Japan's Disney. He directed "Grave of the Fireflies," a tragic tale about wartime childhood, and produced some of the studio's films, including Miyazaki's 1984 "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," which tells the horror of environmental disaster through a story about a princess. Takahata died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement Friday. He was fully aware how the floating sumie-brush sketches of faint pastel in his works stood as a stylistic challenge to Hollywood's computer-graphics cartoons. In a 2015 interview with The Associated Press, Takahata talked about how Edo-era woodblock-print artists like Hokusai had the understanding of Western-style perspective and the use of … [Read more...] about Co-founder of “manga” movie powerhouse Studio Ghibli dies at 82
TOKYO (AP) — Isao Takahata, co-founder of the prestigious Japanese animator Studio Ghibli that stuck to a hand-drawn "manga" look in the face of digital filmmaking, has died. He was 82.Takahata, who directed "Grave of the Fireflies," a tragic tale about wartime childhood, died Thursday of lung cancer at a Tokyo hospital, according to a studio statement.Takahata started Ghibli with Oscar-winning animator Hayao Miyazaki in 1985, hoping to create Japan's Disney.His last film, "The Tale of The Princess Kaguya," based on a Japanese folktale, was nominated for a 2015 Oscar for best animation feature, although it did not win. He is also known for the 1970s Japanese TV series "Heidi, Girl of the Alps," based on the book by Swiss author Johanna Spyri.Funeral services are planned for May 15. … [Read more...] about Studio Ghibli co-founder, director Isao Takahata dies at 82
PUBLISHED: 17:15 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 01 November 2017 Alex Shaw How the new film studios in Dagenham East could look. Picture credit: LBBD Archant Plans for a sprawling film studio fit for Hollywood in Dagenham East were today backed in a study co-commissioned by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan (right) with Barking and Dagenham Council leader Darren Rodwell (Picture: Caroline Teo) The proposed 18.7-acre site in Rainham Road South represents a “rare chance” to build the first new TV and film production studios in London for a quarter of a century, it said. The feasibility study, unveiled by Khan and council leader Darren Rodwell, estimates the world-class facility will create 780 jobs and bring £35 million to the national economy. Mr Khan said: “London is a global capital for film - from Bond to Bridget Jones, and Star Wars to Paddington - our capital is world-renowned for its film industry and has at least 40 crews … [Read more...] about Could film studio plans turn Dagenham East into the UK’s Hollywood?