(Updated) Anime Events at the Barbican in June and July

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Update to upcoming events at London's Barbican Centre.

The following is an update to the list of anime events at the Barbican through June and July. Akira will run from June 24 to 30, and screenings of two more Ghibli films have been added: Grave of the Fireflies on July 9 and Porco Rosso on July 30.

Film tickets are £9.50 online (£10.50 full price). For Barbican Members, they're discounted to £7.50 online (£8.50 full price). Concessions are £8.50, and screenings on Mondays are £5. (Talks are priced differently, see the list.)

The full list of anime screenings and events follows, with links to the relevant pages on the Barbican site. All screenings are in Japanese with subtitles, except for Arrietty on July 6, and the 'Family Film Club' screenings listed below.

June 23

1830 - Helen McCarthy presents a Gallery Talk on the relationship between Chinese and Japanese animation; this is followed by a screening of the Chinese animated feature, Havoc in Heaven. Tickets are £10, or £12 on the door; concessions are £7, or £8 on the door. The ticket includes same-day entry to the Watch Me Move exhibition - see the note at the bottom of this article.

1930 - Helen McCarthy and artist Reza Ben Gajra present a Master Class on creating animation, taking their lead from Chinese animation. Tickets are £12, or £14 on the door. The ticket includes same-day entry to the Watch Me Move exhibition. (Update: This event is now sold out, returns only.)

June 24 - 30

Akira (15). The screenings are at 2045 each day.

July 6

1900 - Arrietty (U). This is the dubbed version of the film. (Update: This screening is now sold out, returns only.)

July 7

1800 - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (PG). Introduced by Helen McCarthy.

2045 - Trigun: Badlands Rumble (15). Introduced by Helen McCarthy.

July 9

1400 - Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind (PG)

1615 - Grave of the Fireflies (12A)

July 10

1600 - Princess Mononoke (PG)

July 30

1400 - My Neigbour Totoro (U)

1600 - Porco Rosso (12A)

July 31

1400 - My Neighbours the Yamadas (PG)

1600 - Spirited Away (PG)

In addition, there are some 'Family Film Club' screenings. IMPORTANT - These are not for unaccompanied adults. Tickets are £3 for FFC members, and £5 for non-members. The Arrietty screening will be the dubbed version, according to the Barbican programme, while Laputa will be in Japanese but with a person reading the subtitles aloud. The programme is unclear whether Kiki's Delivery Service will be dubbed, or in Japanese with the subtitles read aloud.

July 9

1100 - Arrietty (U).

July 16

1100 - Laputa: Castle in the Sky (PG)

July 23

1100 - Kiki's Delivery Service (U, dubbed)

The screenings are part of a Barbican season called 'Watch Me Move,' showcasing animation from different parts of the world. It includes an exhibition until September 11 called Watch Me Move: The Animation Show, with anime represented alongside Disney, Pixar and other animators. The exhibition has its own screening room, with a seven-day screening programme including anime such as Paprika and Howl's Moving Castle. For more details, see the story here.

Update: Some details added re language of the screenings.

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