- Sat 28 Sep — Sun 6 Oct. 10:30AM
- Len Lye Centre Cinema
- No screening Sun 29 Sep
- Free entry
- Adults free entry for family activities
- Rated G
We screen a variety of free films especially for children in the holidays.
For the first week of the school holidays we are proud to present in association with Mini-Sized Square Eyes Film Foundation this animated adventure.
In a small town by the sea lives five year old Sosuke, high on a cliff overlooking the Inland Sea. One morning while playing on the rocky beach below his house, he discovers a goldfish he names Ponyo, her head stuck in a jam jar. Sosuke rescues Ponyo and keeps her in a green plastic bucket. Both Ponyo and Sosuke are fascinated by each other and promise to stay firm friends until Ponyo's father, a sorcerer who lives deep under the sea, forces her to return with him to the ocean depths. What follows is an amazing underwater adventure for all ages.
“What better film to fill 100 minutes of your life than this masterpiece of for-all-ages wonderment, from Japanese animation genius Hayao Miyazaki. Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale The Little Mermaid, this is the story of Ponyo, a young and eager goldfish, on a quest to become human and befriend a young boy named Sosuke. Ponyo's formidable magical powers are as much of a surprise to her as they are to us. Watching this open-hearted little sprite race across the waves towards her friend, without realising for a second that she's unleashed a tsunami, is so thrilling and funny and tragically innocent all at the same time that it's intoxicating. How many movies for children deliver magic to cherish for a lifetime? — Bill Gosden, NZIFF 2009
2018, 101 min., Dir. Hayao Miyazaki