Studio Ghibli Forever - Picturehouse Spotlight

Studio Ghibli Forever

Picturehouse Cinemas and STUDIOCANAL present a sweeping season of Studio Ghibli from its humble beginnings in 1984 with Nausicaä Of The…

Picturehouse Cinemas and STUDIOCANAL present a sweeping season of Studio Ghibli from its humble beginnings in 1984 with Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind to its most recent masterpiece, The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya.

The final film from the visionary Japanese animation house, When Marnie Was There, lands in cinemas on Friday 10 June.

Studio Ghibli Forever dates vary at participating cinemas. Explore the season by selecting a title below or scroll to the bottom of the page and select your local Picturehouse.

From Friday 29 April

Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (PG)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1984. 117 mins.

Warrior/pacifist Princess Nausicaä desperately struggles to prevent two warring nations from destroying themselves and their dying planet. While created before Studio Ghibli was founded, the film is considered to be the beginning of the studio.

Book now

From Friday 6 May

Laputa: Castle In The Sky (PG)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1986. 125 mins.

The very first feature from Studio Ghibli, this action masterpiece gives the Indiana Jones franchise a run for its money.

Cheer red-headed Captain Dola and her crew of hapless male offspring one minute and yearn for the lost innocence of the Laputan civilisation the next: this has more life than many a live-action movie, a heart-stopping, breath-taking film.

Book now

From Friday 13 May

My Neighbour Totoro (PG)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1988. 83 mins.

Miyazaki’s superbly animated tale is considered to be one of the best-loved family films of all time. The story follows Satsuki and Mei, two young girls who find their new home is by a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of fantastical creatures called Totoros.

Book now

From Friday 20 May

Grave Of The Fireflies (12A)


Director: Isao Takahata. Japan 1988. 90 mins.

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, this is an indelible anime about a brother and sister trying to survive during the Second World War.

Undeniably sad but stunningly rendered, it does not flinch from the true human tragedy of war.

Book now

From Friday 27 May

Kiki’s Delivery Service (U)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1989. 103 mins.

A young witch, on her mandatory year of independent life, finds fitting into a new community difficult while she supports herself by running an air courier service.

Book now

From Friday 3 June

Only Yesterday (PG)


Director: Isao Takahata. Japan 1991. 119 mins.

A 27-year-old office worker travels to the countryside while reminiscing about her childhood in Tôkyô.

Book now

From Friday 17 June

Princess Mononoke (PG)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 1997. 133 mins.

Set in the Muromachi era (1338 – 1573), this magnificent epic traces Japan’s move from the Middle Ages to modernity with a breathtaking artistry that first brought Miyazaki to the attention of Disney, who distributed the film in the USA.

Book now

From Friday 24 June

Spirited Away (PG)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2001. 125 mins.

A fantasy adventure film unlike any other, SPIRITED AWAY tells the story of Chihiro, a capricious ten-year-old girl who believes the entire world should submit to her every whim.

This visionary work from Miyazaki is a dreamlike fable and an enchanting fairy tale.

Book now

From Friday 1 July

Howl’s Moving Castle (U)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2004. 119 mins.

Not every action movie has as its heroine a 90-year-old woman, but the ordinary and extraordinary are always radically confused in Miyazaki’s work and his freestyle adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s novel is no exception.

Visually, it is everything a Studio Ghibli movie should be: beautiful, intricate, subtle, enchanting, and full of imaginative treats.

Book now

From Friday 8 July

Ponyo (U)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2008. 101 mins.

After running away from the sea she calls home, an effervescent young fish-girl is rescued and befriended by a five-year-old human boy called Sosuke.

Laced with the fantastical exuberance that has become synonymous with the Japanese studio, it is as visually alluring a fairy tale as you are ever likely to see.

Book now

From Friday 15 July

The Wind Rises (PG)


Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Japan 2013. 126 mins.

With The Wind Rises, visionary director
 Miyazaki delivers his farewell masterpiece
– and once again defies the conventional limitations of animation.

This profound and beautiful film deftly combines Ghibli’s mesmerising style with an achingly beautiful love story, and asks hard questions about humanity, creation and invention.

Book now

From Friday 22 July

The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (PG)


Director: Isao Takahata. Japan 2013. 137 mins.

The latest masterpiece from the legendary Studio Ghibli is based on a tenth–century Japanese fable. A peasant discovers a miniature girl growing inside a bamboo shoot and takes her home.

Exquisitely drawn in a style that recalls washed-out Japanese watercolours, the story is spellbinding and melancholic – an instant classic.

Book now

Find your cinema…

Clapham Picturehouse

Crouch End Picturehouse

East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café

Greenwich Picturehouse

Hackney Picturehouse

Picturehouse Central, London’s West End

Ritzy, Brixton

Stratford Picturehouse, London

Little Theatre Cinema, Bath

Picturehouse at National Media Museum, Bradford

Duke of York’s, Brighton

Arts Picturehouse, Cambridge

Cameo, Edinburgh

Exeter Picturehouse

Cinema City, Norwich

Picturehouse at FACT, Liverpool

Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford

Harbour Lights, Southampton

City Screen, York


Spirited Away

Get more with the official Picturehouse App

With the Picturehouse app you can search for film and event times, securely book tickets, watch trailers and more.