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Up and Away
June 16, 2019 - July 14, 2019
Family-friendly films on some of the silver screen’s most iconic balloon adventures such as The Red Balloon (1956), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) … and more.
Flight, fantasy and inflated balloons hold sway as a selection of brave young heroes go on bold expeditions, make new friends and follow their curiosity.
Part of a season of events and activities curated in response to Floating Utopias: The Transformative Power of Inflatable Art (23 May – 29 September 2019).
Floating Utopias is a playful and poetic exhibition that explores the social history of inflatable objects, showing how they have been used in art, architecture and social activism over the decades.
The Red Balloon (1956) | 34 min | 17 & 24 June, 1 & 8 July
12.00 p.m., 1.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m., 3.00 p.m., 4.00 p.m, 5.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m.
Young hero Pascal meets a red balloon on his way to school and follows it on an adventure through 1950’s Paris. To Pascal the balloon is a friend and co-conspirator, a vehicle for fantasy and escape.
Around the World in 80 Days (1956) | 185 min | 2 & 9 July
12.00 p.m. & 3.00 p.m.
A 1956 adaptation of Jules Verne’s literary classic, which follows a Victorian gentleman who claims he can travel around the world in 80 days. Unlike the novel, the cinema adaptation included a dramatic crossing of the Alps in a helium balloon – considered by some the true star of the film.
The White Balloon (1995) | 85 min | 3 & 4 July
10.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 1.00 p.m., 2.30 p.m., 4.00 p.m. & 5.30 p.m.
An allegorical tale following a young girl on her way to market as she navigates obstacles and unsavory characters and makes loyal new friends who help her complete her mission. An award-winning Iranian children’s film, written by art house auteur Abbas Kiarostami.
Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) | 119 min | 13 & 14 July
10.00 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m & 4.00 p.m.
When young Sophie is cursed and transformed into a 90-year old woman, she need the wizard Howl to help her to break the curse. The story is full of symbols and mystery, including Howl’s magical castle which is both an armour and an escape pod for Howl who finds it difficult to get to know people … until perhaps he meets Sophie.