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Mary and the Witch’s Flower
BUY TICKETS 2pm Sunday 10 June
DIRECTOR Hiromasa Yonebashi
VOICES Kate Winslet, Jim Broadbent, Ruby Barnhill, Morwenna Banks
A brilliant voice cast give life to this beautiful animation about a girl who gains magical powers which lead her to thrilling adventures at a school for witches.
Based on Mary Stewart’s children’s book The Little Broomstick, this is the first film from Japan’s Studio Ponoc (founded by key creatives from Studio Ghibli). It tells the story of a young girl who finds a strange flower which gives her magical powers – for one night only. She flies on a broomstick to the fantastical Endor College, a school for witches, where weird phenomena and perilous adventures await her. A terrific animated film for all ages, full of ingenuity, spectacle and attention to detail and featuring a brilliant British voice cast.
(2017 Japan 102 mins)
The film hits the ground running with a young girl making a speedy escape from a building engulfed in amber and brilliant blue flames. There are shades of Laputa: Castle in the Sky in the thrilling opener and the historical paint blots of Ghibli are splodged across the vibrant canvas throughout the running time. There’s a comforting familiarity that Yonebayashi brings from his time spent with Ghibli, but also a freshness that speaks to a new generation about freedom of expression. Themes of transformation and passing the baton on sit nicely as subtext in a gorgeous animation that empowers its protagonist to find power in her weaknesses. Katherine McLaughlin, The List
BBFC advice: Contains very mild threat
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Please note that when audio description is available, the optimum sound can be heard in the first three rows in the auditorium, seats 1-12. We are currently seeking funding to install an enhanced system that will cover the whole auditorium.