Calling all fans of Studio Ghibli!
From August 24 to September 25, see the ENTIRE collection of the beloved studio’s films at locations such as the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Cinema Nova, Hoyts Melbourne Central and other participating cinemas all around Melbourne with ‘Celebrate Studio Ghibli’.
This month-long celebration of Studio Ghibli’s work will give fans a chance to re-immerse themselves into these classics and the world of Ghibli. It will also give new audiences a unique and unmissable opportunity to discover the beautifully rendered fantasy worlds, compelling stories and memorable characters that have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.
Audiences will be treated to all 23 of Studio Ghibli’s filmography, from beloved family classics such as My Neighbour Totoro (1988), Ponyo (2008), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) and the Academy Award winning Spirited Away (2001). Newer films, such as the visually stunning The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013), Miyazaki’s passion project The Wind Rises (2013) and the the bittersweet story of family and friendship When Marnie Was There (2014) will also be screened.
Additionally, documentary screenings of The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness will also take place. The 2014 documentary offers audiences a peek behind the curtain where they can learn more about the masterminds behind Studio Ghibli — writer-directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and their producer Toshio Suzuki.
As Studio Ghibli’s most recognisable name, Hayao Miyazaki recently announced his return from retirement to the filmmaking world to great fanfare. This retrospective therefore comes at a most perfect moment as we prepare to anticipate Miyazaki’s next work with Ghibli.
Studio Ghibli’s critical and commercial success has endured through the 30 years since the studio’s inception. This is because of the studio’s ethos to present authentically realised stories that both comfort and confront. Never was this more apparent than in the animated masterpiece, Grave of the Fireflies (1988), a story about a pair of siblings’ struggle to survive during World War II that the late great film critic Roger Ebert called “one of the greatest war films ever made” and the critic Ernest Rister hailed as “the most profoundly human animated film I’ve ever seen.”
The retrospective celebration is one that’s not to be missed! So if you love Studio Ghibli or want someone else to share that love with you, make sure to get yourself to a participating cinema to see all of these beloved classics in the language of your choice (the original Japanese language dub with English subtitles is offered, as is the English language voice dub – check your participating cinemas to see which options are being offered).
For more on ‘Celebrate Studio Ghibli’, including information on participating cinemas, the program and ticketing, visit the event’s official page organised by Madman Entertainment.