As reported in my previous article, the BFI Southbank in London will be holding a Studio Ghibli season this April and May.
This will be a retrospective screening of the Ghibli films ahead of its 30 year anniversary as Hayao Miyazaki bows out and steps down with the release of his final Oscar nominated film The Wind Rises which will be screened on Wednesday the 23rd April ahead of its UK release of the 9th May.
Studio Ghibli has always been true to its roots where directors are given absolute creative freedom and are well known for not shying away from important ideals and themes, its strong female leads and its ties with nature. Never forgetting to enchant and to entertain its audience.
This will be a great couple of months at the height of Spring and Manga UK reports that the curator Justin Johnson will be giving an introduction to Ghibli on the 2nd of April. The BFI will be holding a fun day where Spirited Away will also be shown and where kids will be urged to create their own spirit God.
Personally I’m most looking forward to watching Princess Mononoke (Mononoke Hime), Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, My Neighbour Totoro and Howl’s Moving Castle. Grave of the Fireflies is my favourite Ghibli movie but whether I can watch it in public while fighting back tears is another story.
Introduction: Studio Ghibli, Masters of Anime
Telling the story of Japan’s most acclaimed, beloved and successful animation studio (and its directors and founders Hiyao Miyazaki and Isao Takahta), this richly illustrated talk will surely convince any novices of the joys of anime. Season curator – and longtime devotee – Justin Johnson will explore the quality and beauty of the Studio’s output, its evolution through its 30 year history, and consider why it hasn’t had the same box- office impact as its American contemporaries – despite rapturous critical reception.
Wed 2 Apr 18:30 NFT3
Pre Cinema Preview: The Wind Rises Wed 23rd April 18:20 NFT1
For a full list of films and to book your tickets click here to visit the official BFI Studio Ghibli page.