"I love fantasy, both as a film and literary genre - give me Neil Gaiman, David Mitchell, Diana Wynne Jones, any of the Harry Potters, I'll lap it up - so I've put together five fantasy films + two borderline horror ones (the extent of what I can handle, ever since The Ring scarred me for forever in 2008)."

The Secret World of Arrietty

I love Studio Ghibli films, and especially Hayao Miyazaki ones. The Secret World of Arrietty is scripted by him, but directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi and it's about little people, the brevity of life, and the fascinating and horrific human impulse to destroy. Maybe it's the subtle, emotional touch characteristic of all Ghibli movies, or maybe I'm just a nerd for gnomes and fairies and dwarves, but this film really takes you places.

About Time

No fantasy list is complete without a time-turning flick, and About Time is, to me, one of the most poignant and heartbreaking out of them all. It's an otherwise simple love story with a time-turning twist that gets into all the sad bits surrounding chance, probability, fate, destiny and a car crash.

Pan's Labyrinth

Guillermo del Toro is the master of dark fantasy, and Pan's Labyrinth is one of his masterpieces. The Pale Man haunted me for years after I watched the film, but the whole movie is just so cinematographically beautiful, immersive and unforgettable. I even painted The Pale Man for a secondary school project. Still gives me the creeps.

Train to Busan

Korean dramas are notoriously famous for their insane emotional manipulation (I can't count the number of times I've watched a scene my mum was watching and cried my eyes out against my will) and their zombie flicks are no different. Train to Busan was a huge hit last year and brings the zombie classic to a whole new level, detailing the human condition in its many forms - selflessness, greed, innocence, ignorance etc.

Wolf Children

Only in anime does a woman fall in love with a man-wolf and give birth to little half-wolf babies that grow through a coming-of-age struggle with their twin identities. It's a crazy premise, but it's also incredibly relatable and touching, as many Japanese forms of storytelling are.

Linying's Paris 12 EP is out now. You can stream two tracks from it, 'Speak Up Selah' and 'Sticky Leaves', here and here.