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Howl’s Moving Castle (U)

Family Film Club

Howl's Moving Castle

Based on the novel by Dianna Wynne Jones, this is the epic story of Sophie, a young girl who is transformed into an old woman by an evil witch.

After finding herself changed, Sophie runs away from her home and ends up taking a job cleaning the wizard Howl’s moving castle. Howl and Sophie begin to become friends, however, soon their strength and friendship are tested as Howl’s enemies threaten to destroy him.

An animation full of complex magic and beautiful imagery from the master, Miyazaki.

Japan 2004 Dir. Hayao Miyazaki 119min (Dubbed)

Age recommendation 5+


Adults can only come if they’re bringing a child, and children can only come along if accompanied by an adult. If you’re over 18, we’re afraid being a ‘big kid’ doesn’t count.

Booking is essential. Unless or until guidance changes, six people or two households of any size can visit together as a group, so we’ve created socially-distanced clusters. Please only sit directly beside someone from your household or support bubble, and avoid moving seats when you arrive, so we can keep a safe distance between you and other groups.

All audience members over 12 years old need to wear a mask for the whole event (apart from if excempt or when eating and/or drinking).

Before the film, the Cinema Café will be open serving food and drink, although the cinema foyer seating area won’t be available at the moment, to allow for social distancing.

Barbican Cinema has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England which is administered by the BFI, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund supporting arts and cultural organisations in England affected by the impact of Covid-19. #HereForCulture.

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