2hrs 4mins

The latest animated masterpiece from Studio Ghibli visionary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro) follows the transformative journey of a young, bereaved boy as he is magically transported to a dreamlike realm by a spirited talking heron.

This screening is in English.

The 11:00 show on 5th January is a Tyneside Baby Club screening.

An Audio Description track is available for this feature. Please ask at Box Office if you would like to use our Audio Description equipment.
Hayao Miyazaki
Moderate threat, bloody images, brief self-harm

1943. 12 year old Mahito (Luca Padovan) suffers the devastating loss of his beloved mother in a Tokyo hospital fire.

In the aftermath, he is begrudgingly forced to relocate to a grand, blissful country estate, following his father’s marriage to his Aunt Natsuko (Gemma Chan).

Struggling to adjust, Mahito finds himself inexplicably beckoned by an invasive talking grey heron (Robert Pattinson) – who promises the boy that he can save his mother by following him to another realm.

Guided to a grand, aging tower, the boy is transported into a magical alternate world, where the dead coexist with the living. There, in the land of the adorable Warawara, presided over by giant parakeets, Mahito begins a transformative quest to reconcile with his grief.

This enchanting, semi-autobiographical animated odyssey from legendary filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki was once thought to be the director’s swansong – but thankfully, he has already began preparations on what is destined to be another classic.

The Boy and the Heron is pure Studio Ghibli magic – a thought-provoking, endlessly imaginative coming-of-age tale, which whisks us away on a deeply moving ethereal adventure.