Studio Ghibli Festival!

Studio Ghibli Festival!



In early August the Internet went into a frenzy, with reports mourning the imminent closure of the Japanese Studio Ghibli – I too wailed at the news. Yet we all whipped out the tissues too soon it seems, with further reports insisting that, while the studio’s future is uncertain, they haven’t quite shut their doors for good just yet.

Still, it’s enough to spark fear in any fan and, should you wish to stock up on some good old Ghibli while you can, be sure to catch some of their works on the big screen at THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE hosted by Luna Cinemas.

The co-founders of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyzakai and Isao Takahata, are arguably two of the most celebrated filmmakers of recent history. THE TALE OF THE STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE features not only their 2013 offerings THE TALE OF THE PRINCESS KAGUYA and THE WIND RISES, but also the two films they each made 25 years earlier which cemented their reputations and made the name Studio Ghibli synonymous with quality – Miyazaki’s MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and Takahata’s GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES (sadly, my fave Ghibli flick didn’t make the cut)

Complementing these feature films in THE TALE OF STUDIO GHIBLI SHOWCASE are two documentaries, THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS and ISAO TAKAHATA AND THE TALE OF HIS PRINCESS KAGUYA, each providing a sneak peak into to the inner workings of Studio Ghibli and the painstaking creative process behind the creators’ most recent films.

The showcase runs from October 30 to November 12, the full program can be seen (and tickets can be purchased) here: 

You can watch the showcase trailer below.


Sian's love for movies spawned from having a tight mother whose generosity stretched only to hiring movies once a week for entertainment. As a pre-teen Sian spent more pocket money then she earned on cinema tickets and thus sought a job at the cinema. Over the next decade she rose to be one of the greats in her backwater, six-screen cinema complex, zooming through the ranks from candy bar wench with upselling superpowers, to pasty projectionist, to a manager rocking a pencil skirt. Sian went on to study Journalism at university though feels her popcorn shovelling days were far more educational