Studio Ghibli Summer Season

Studio Ghibli Summer Season

This summer we're taking a trip to the magical worlds of Studio Ghibli, with a selection of their finest animated features playing throughout August.

This summer we’re sampling some of Miyazaki’s magic and Takahata’s talents as we bring you a selection of the best work from the legendary Japanes animation studio. We’ll be playing both the English dubbed and subtitles versions, check the website for screening information.


From 3 Aug

My Neighbour Totoro (PG)

My Neighbour Tototo
My Neighbour Tototo

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Duration: 86 min

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. They befriend O-Totoro, the biggest and eldest of them, and king of the forest. While the girls’ mother lies sick in hospital, O-Totoro takes them on a magical adventure and helps them to understand the realities of life. Containing a powerful ecological theme, this is a lovingly crafted work of depth, import and beauty.

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From 3 Aug

Howl’s Moving Castle (U)

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Duration: 119 min

In Miyazaki’s enchanting freestyle adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones’s novel, young hatter Sophie is transformed into a 90-year-old woman by a wicked witch. Pragmatically undeterred, she finds work as a cleaning lady in magician Howl’s clanking Hieronymus Bosch-esque mobile abode. As visually intricate as you would expect, Howl’s Moving Castle also packs an antiwar punch.

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From 10 Aug

Ponyo (U)

Ponyo
Ponyo

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. 103 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. Naming her Ponyo, Sosuke soon comes to realise the heartbreaking impracticality of their budding romance. Anime maestro Miyazaki’s tenth feature is his eighth under the Ghibli banner, and the fifth to be released theatrically by Disney.

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From 10 Aug

Princess Mononoke (PG)

Princess Monoke

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Duration: 133 min

When Prince Ashitaka slays a raging boar god, he is wounded and becomes infected with the sickness that had sent the beast berserk, a malady stemming from humankind’s disharmony with nature. Set at the time of Japan’s transition from the Middle Ages to the modern era, Princess Mononoke is a morally complex tale that blends a fantasy quest with social comment for our times.

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From 10 Aug

Spirited Away (PG)

Spirited Away
Spirited Away

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Duration: 133 min

While en route to a new home, Chihiro and her parents stumble upon a mysterious tunnel, which leads them to a ghostly town. There, the parents greedily devour the buffet in an abandoned restaurant, and unceremoniously turn into pigs as Chihiro looks on. They have unwittingly strayed into the Land of the Spirits, a world inhabited by ancient gods and magical beings who holiday at a giant bathhouse run by the demonic sorceress, Yubaba. Chihiro finds an ally in the enigmatic Haku, who explains that in order to survive this strange and perilous world, she must make herself useful by working hard at the bathhouse. Chihiro renounces her laziness, her reason, her memories, even her name…

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From 17 Aug

Kiki’s Delivery Service (U)

Kiki's Delivery Service
Kiki's Delivery Service

Director: Hayao Miyazaki. Duration: 103 min

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.

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From 17 Aug

Grave of the Fireflies (12a)

Grave of the Fireflies
Grave of the Fireflies

Director: Isao Takahata. Duration: 90 min

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, Grave of the Fireflies is an indelible anime about a brother and sister trying to survive during the Second World War. Caught up in the firebombing of Kobe in 1945, Seita and his little sister Setsuko lose their mother and their home. Unable to contact their father on the frontline, they flee to the country, stealing or begging for food. The societal breakdown that inevitably followed the razing of the cities means they are left truly alone to fend for themselves.

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