In the presence of genius

Last Sunday I was a guest at a dinner party in Howth also attended by two distingushed Dublin residents.  One was my good friend and Irish artist, Jim Fitzpatrick, creator of Thin Lizzy album covers and the iconic Che Guevara image, known throughout the world.  The other was Jimmy Murakami, animator and director extraordinare.

Jimmy is of Japanese heritage, born and raised in California.  Over dinner we discussed film, writing, Japanese culture, music and many other subjects.  It was only halfway through the evening that I discovered that Jimmy was the supervising director of The Snowman and When The Wind Blows.  Needless to say I was honoured to be talking with the man who was instrumental in creating two of the most beloved animated movies of my childhood.

A movie about Jimmy’s childhood experiences in the Tule Lake War Relocation Centre in California during the war is to be shown as part of the Dublin Film Festival in 2010.  I knew almost nothing of the American government’s treatment of American resident Japanese during World War 2, and the little Jimmy told me on Sunday was shocking.  I look forward to seeing this illuminating documentary in February.

Below is a clip from the Snowman, coincidentally a very apt clip for this time of year.  Enjoy!

Advertisements

One thought on “In the presence of genius

  1. yeah, Jimmy’s an national treasure. Looking forward to the film of his life story. What about ‘genius’ in the presence of beauty; bet he loved talking to you, Alex!
    I always do 🙂
    Jimxx

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s