This year's Venice International Film Festival saw Japanese film director Hayao Miyazaki awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, the first time this award was presented to a director of animated films. The award was presented to the director on Friday 9th September 2005 during the course of "Miyazaki Day", which saw the screenings of three of his films that were relatively unknown in Italy and Europe. In announcing the award declared:
"Miyazaki's energy combines romanticism and humanism with an epic take on story-telling, a touch of visionary fantasy which leaves one open-mouthed. The sense of wonder his films conveys awakens the child who sleeps within each of us." - Marco Mueller, Venice Film Festival director, presenting the award*
FILMS OF HAYAO MIYAZAKI
Howl's Moving Castle Director, Writer 2004
Spirited Away Director, Writer 2001
Princess Mononoke Director, Writer 1997
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind Director, Writer 1984
The Cat Returns Producer 2002
Porco Rosso Director, Writer 1992
Laputa Castle in the Sky Director, Writer 1986
My Neighbor Totoro Director, Writer 1988
Kiki's Delivery Service Director, Writer, Producer 1989
Pom Poko Producer 1994
Other Miyazaki masterpieces:
The Castle of Cagliostro Director, Writer 1979
Panda Go Panda Writer 1972
Other Isao Takahata classics:
My Neighbors The Yamadas
Grave of the Fireflies
And for Aussies!
On Wednesday, 28 September, SBS screens Ghibli: The Miyazaki Temple. This documentary looks at the growth of Japanese animated cinema through the world of director Miyazaki and his Ghibli studio.
Throughout October, four Miyazaki films will screen on SBS including Laputa: Castle in the Sky 10pm Wednesday 2 October, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind 10pm Wednesday 9 October, Kiki's Delivery Service 10pm Wednesday 16 October and his recent Academy-Award winning masterpiece Spirited Away 10pm Wednesday 23 October.
You can catch Howl's Moving Castle in Australian cinemas from 22 September! Miyazaki's latest masterpiece is expected to gross $2.5Million at the Australian Box Office. It features the voice talents of Christian Bale [Batman Begins], Lauren Bacall [The Big Sleep, Dogville], Blythe Danner [Meet the Parents], Emily Mortimer [Bright Young Things, Young Adam], Jean Simmons [Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within] and Billy Crystal [The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally].
I bet Big Kev's excited!