A Personal Insight: Katie Treharne's favourite films
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Film has the power to make us laugh, cry, and even act in a certain way. Watching intriguing and complex characters undergo meaningful changes has the potential to strike a chord with its audience, especially in cases where familiarity and empathy is sparked. Therefore, how can there be a better way to understand a person than gaining an insight into their favourite films? With this firm belief, I have compiled a list of eight films that have struck a chord with me and influenced my love for film as I grew up. 1. Swiss Family Robinson (1960) The first film I remember forming an attachment to is Disney’s Swiss Family Robinson, one of the most underrated and underpublicized Disney films. Swiss Family Robinson follows the Robinson family’s close encounters with wild animals, sinking sands, and pirates after they are shipwrecked on a remote island in the East Indies, a storyline that immediately appealed to my love for adventure and romance as a child. Even to this day, as a student of English literature, I am drawn to romantic tales of shipwrecks, storms, and family reunions, which I believe all stems from this one film. 2. Mary Poppins (1964) For anyone who grew up in the noughties, Disney’s Mary Poppins was a must-have on tape. My own obsession with the remarkable nanny reached its heights when I began to recreate the bottomless-bag scene by pulling the same items out of a duffel bag, in time with the on-screen Mary Poppins. The heart-warming connections between Mary Poppins and the Banks’ children to this day has supported my firm belief in the power of friendship and familial love outside of blood relations. 3. The Secret Garden (1993) In contrast with the family-centric films that captured my heart as a very young child, The Secret Garden is centred around 10-year-old orphan Mary Lennox, whose neglected upbringing has left her cold and scared of forming close attachments. When she moves from British India to live with her uncle in a secluded Yorkshire estate, she finds that the house operates in strict secrecy and finds salvation in the gardens, forming a bond with the other young children living there. Mary’s gradual emotional evolvement and maturity as she discovers the truth of her mother’s tragic past still pulls on my heart strings to this day. 4. Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince (2009)
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