Film4 Anime Summer Screen at Somerset House



Film4’s summer screenings at Somerset House has put a real emphasis on their anime section and will be doing two screenings from Studio Ghibli. This includes Ponyo (Gake no ue no Ponyo), alongside a drawing workshop and My Neighbour Totoro.


Animate Me (Part of Behind the Screen)

Sun 20 Aug 2017 – FREE

Duration 103 mins

11.00-16.00 at Great Arch Hall South Wing

For families with children aged 6-12

Join a drop in workshop (no need to register or get tickets) join in together; parents and children to create Japanese manga-style self-portraits ahead of the matinee screenings of Studio Ghibli favourite ‘Ponyo’ loosely based on the fairy-tale The Little Mermaid.

Celebrating the matinee screenings of Studio Ghibli fable Ponyo, this workshop has been put together families can have a fun activity filled day out with the family. Creating your own illustrations and discover more about the wonderful characters that inhabit the anime universe. Decide what your anime avatar will look like !

Ponyo (Part of Behind the Screen)

Sun 20 Aug 2017 – FREE

12.00 & 14.00 at Screening Room South Wing

For families with children aged 6-12

Bring the whole family along to the magical screening of Studio Ghibli’s interpretation of The Little Mermaid fable.‘Ponyo’ is a goldfish who longs to become a little girl so that she can play with her human friend; a five year boy called Sōsuke. In her quest she encounters prehistoric fish, submarines, and magical water sprites and learns the value of friendship. She must seek help from her mother to help her friend and his town from being flooded. This is a tale of friendship, bravery and family.


My Neighbour Totoro

 Sun 20 Aug 2017

Doors 18.30 – £17.00 + booking fees

The Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court

Certificate U

Duration 86 mins

Japanese with English subtitles

My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro) is the iconic animation of legendary, Studio Ghibli. Created in 1988 it has remained perfectly poignant throughout the years and I expect it to fill the Somerset House courtyard with colour, charm and adventure. Following memorable screenings in the past of Studio Ghibli titles such as; Princess Mononoke, Howl’s Moving Castle and Spirited Away. This summer, one of the world’s most beloved characters flies in for a special visit. Two young sisters move to the countryside with their father when their mother is admitted into hospital in the area. With the upheaval of moving the sisters explore the area and  find themselves ushered into a world beyond their wildest dreams, where the spirit of nature – embodied by a friendly forest furball – Tototo provides unexpected comfort while their mother is getting better.

With elegant and evocative hand-drawn animation (which Studio Ghibli is famed for) brings this fantastical story to life. Oscar-winning director Hayao Miyazaki’s made this film to appeal to all-ages. You get to meet Totoro’s friends the soot balls, friendly ‘cat-bus’ who gives them a lift by flight. Totoro is so well known he was implemented into the Studio Ghibli logo, by the end of the film you will be reminiscent of your own childhood invisible friend.

Make sure to voice your views on the animes you watch by using #Film4SummerScreen – so they can bring more anime titles in the future.

There will be a live DJ playing from 18.45, DJ Norsicaa.

Let Studio Ghibli disciple Norsicaa spirit you away for an evening of magic and adventure.

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DJs – Ahead of each evening’s film in the courtyard, a leading DJ will play sundown sets inspired by the upcoming feature. DJs confirmed in the programme, curated by Euphonica, include the founder of the legendary London club night Blow Up, Paul Tunkin, ahead of the anniversary screening; self-confessed Studio Ghibli superfan Norsicaa (itself a play on the name of the Studio’s first feature film), and hip hop DJ and producer DJP, who will open Patti Cake$’ premiere.


Behind the Screen – On selected nights, as an extra early-evening event before the main film, illustrious industry talent will talk about the craft of cinema, offering a wealth of behind-the-scenes insights in Somerset House’s indoor Screening Room.


Summer Screen Prints – The popular exhibition will return for a fifth year with Print Club London and will be open in the West Wing (next to the courtyard) before the film begins. A cast of contemporary illustrators and artists will create alternative posters for the films in this year’s festival programme.


Food & Drink – Audiences are welcome to tuck into their own picnics or enjoy tasty treats from the food and drink stalls situated around the neoclassical courtyard.

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