Redland Performing Arts Centre will host its third annual Studio Ghibli Film Festival this month.

If you’re a Studio Ghibli fan — and, let’s be real here, who isn’t a Studio Ghibli fan? — you can look forward to seeing three more films from the Japanese masters of animation on the big screen.

This year also includes a brilliant addition to the festival program — a day of captioned screenings for movie fans living with a hearing impairment.

The festival will be held over two days, with the captioned films screening on Friday 29 July, and the non-captioned versions screening on Saturday 30 July.

This year’s films include…

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (1pm)

Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife.

From the countryside to the grand capital city, she enthrals all who encounter her, including five noble suitors.

Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, this strikingly beautiful masterpiece was eight years in the making and will not fail to delight.

The Wind Rises (4pm)

Hayao Miyazaki’s farewell film is a spellbinding movie based on the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.

Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes. Nearsighted and unable to be a pilot, he becomes one of the world’s most accomplished airplane designers. Follow his journey as he experiences key historical events in this epic tale of love, perseverance and challenge in a turbulent world.

Bursting off the screen with spectacular picture and sound, Miyazaki’s final masterpiece is breathtaking.

Tales From Earthsea (7pm)

Once, man and dragon were one…

In the land of Earthsea, crops are failing and livestock dying. Two dragons appear from the storm clouds and devour each other — an omen of impending disaster. The balance of the world is in peril of tearing apart.

A small band of heroes will unite to attempt to avert a catastrophe. Join the greatest of wizards and an exiled prince on their mission to save the world in this adventurous tale based on the best-selling Earthsea fantasy novels by Ursula K. Le Guinn.

A note for parents — while The Tale of Princess Kaguya and The Wind Rises are rated PG, Tales From Earthsea is rated M for moderate animated violence.

Tickets cost $8 per film (or $15 for two films) and can be purchased online now at

The Redland Performing Arts Centre is located at 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

What’s your favourite Studio Ghibli film? Let us know in the comments below!

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