Unfortunately there's no sign of an entire season of MIYAZAKI Hayao and Studio Ghibli's films in the run-up to the release of The Wind Rises on television, though Picturehouse Cinemas are running one (that in Liverpool has My Neighbour Totoro on 26th April, Porco Rosso on 3rd May, The Princess Mononoke on 10th May, Spirited Away on 17th May, Howl's Moving Castle on 24th May and Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea on 31st May, all in Japanese with English subtitles) and Film4 are showing just the previous Studio Ghibli feature: From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara, literally "From Coquelicot [French for corn poppy] Hill"), directed by MIYAZAKI Gorō, on Sunday, 4th May at 5:20 PM (poster below; click on it or here for full size). Film4 is Sky channel 315.
It was produced in about only one year as a low-risk experiment in trying younger staff in lead positions, so is not really representative of what to expect from The Wind Rises (which was made under the regular, veteran staff and with about five times the time and budget) but is worth seeing in itself. And before seeing it I recommend watching this video of SAKAMOTO Kyū performing "Ue o Muite Arukō" so that you may recognise him in it.
Please feel free to forward this on to anyone you know who might be interested or that lives nearer to the Picturehouse.
Thank you for the reply; I will.
While the Picturehouse at FACT might not be worth travelling to just for a film for you I thought I might as well mention it as your closest and in case you know anyone nearer who might be interested (please feel free to forward on the information). I've also just read that From Up on Poppy Hill on Film4 on Sunday was the American dub, but they will be repeating it with the original audio and subtitles "later in the month".
As some background to From Up on Poppy Hill (the original title is Kokuriko-zaka kara, literally "From Coquelicot [French for http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaver_rhoeas corn poppy] Hill"), it was produced in about only one year as an experiment in trying younger staff in lead positions, so is not really representative of what to expect from The Wind Rises (which was made under the regular, veteran staff and with about five times the time and budget) but is worth seeing in itself. It's based on a 1979–1980 http://comic-twitter.blog.so-net.ne.jp/kokurikozakakara comic, which was selected as source material for this experiment and written for the screen by MIYAZAKI Hayao (who choose to re-set it further back, in 1963) and given to MIYAZAKI Gorō to storyboard and direct. You can see some of his and character designer KONDŌ Katsuya's concept sketches in http://www.parkablogs.com/content/book-review-art-of-poppy-hill this review, a particularly wonderful example of which was used for the original poster (below and full-size http://www.mono-chro.jp/blog/assets_c/2013/01/20130111_ko01-96.html here).
Also, before or after seeing it I recommend watching https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=55nBLB4zr2U&gl=GB&hl=en-GB this video of SAKAMOTO Kyū performing "Ue o Muite Arukō" (which was topping the charts in America and Britain the exact month Poppy Hill is set) so that you may recognise him in it.
Wrinkles (Arrugas, 2011) BBFC 15
A Perro Verde Films/Cromosoma production · Based on http://www.astiberri.com/ficha_prod.php?cod=arrugas the comic by Paco ROCA · Screenplay by Ángel de la CRUZ, Paco ROCA, Ignacio FERRERAS and Rosanna CECCHINI · Directed by Ignacio FERRERAS (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-cope-with-death/4od#3379455 How to Cope with Death, The Illusionist animator, Tōkyō ONLYPIC 2008 segment "https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=Gxy9Qm-FCgI&gl=GB&hl=en-GB%20 1000 Characters SMSing")
Spanish with English subtitles
Site · Trailer
Selected by TAKAHATA Isao for the Ghibli Museum Library and released in Japan via them about a month before The Wind Rises.
The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu, 2013) BBFC PG
A Studio Ghibli production · Based on http://www.animeclick.it/news/25207-kaze-tachinu-di-hayao-miyazaki-a-volandia the http://generacionghibli.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/todos-los-detalles-de-kaze-tachinu-la.html comic by MIYAZAKI Hayao · Written for the screen and directed by MIYAZAKI Hayao
Japanese with English subtitles
The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l'Oiseau, 1980) BBFC U
A Les Films Paul Grimault production · Based on the short story "https://archive.org/stream/littleellieother00andeiala#page/104/mode/2up The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep" by Hans Christian Andersen · Screenplay by Jacques PRÉVERT and Paul GRIMAULT · Directed by Paul GRIMAULT (https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=BTAJdNkUvFU&gl=GB&hl=en-GB&index=3&list=PL-C68YgWj04L8JUAV4clnFvLUmtJvWW-a Le Messager de la lumière, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x3qiez_le-marchand-de-note-paul-grimault-1_shortfilms Le Marchand de notes, https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=mgKhFIACqt0&gl=GB&hl=en-GB&index=3&list=PL-C68YgWj04L8JUAV4clnFvLUmtJvWW-a Les Passagers de La Grande Ourse, https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=GUPmk0T3u3s&gl=GB&hl=en-GB&index=3&list=PL-C68YgWj04L8JUAV4clnFvLUmtJvWW-a L'Épouvantail, https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=bTAeYmRupJI&gl=GB&hl=en-GB&index=3&list=PL-C68YgWj04L8JUAV4clnFvLUmtJvWW-a La Flûte magique, http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x88ae4_jacques-prevert-le-petit-soldat-194_shortfilms Le Petit Soldat based on "https://archive.org/stream/cu31924012682864#page/n14/mode/1up The Steadfast Tin Soldier")
French with English subtitles
The Wind Rises and other animated cartoons in UK cinemas
Listed below are some acclaimed and long-awaited animated features, most aimed at a general rather than specifically family audience, which are currently or soon to be playing in British cinemas but which you’re unlikely to see advertising for. The majority are “Key Cities” releases which will most likely only play in _ at the closest (though it’s worth checking in case they turn up anywhere else) but The Wind Rises is getting a “Wide” release and is the only animation drawn on paper, or Japanese cinema or really anything much like it that stands a chance of doing so for the foreseeable future; hence I’m particularly keen on alerting anyone I know to its existence.
From Friday, 11th April – The King and the Mockingbird (Le Roi et l’Oiseau) (http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/king-and-mockingbird-film U)
From Paul GRIMAULT and Les Gémeaux (), based on “https://archive.org/stream/littleellieother00andeiala#page/104/mode/2up The Shepherdess and the Chimney-Sweep” by H. C. ANDERSEN and selected for the http://www.ghibliworld.com/newsarchive.html#1601 Ghibli Museum Library. To find where it is playing I recommend seeing the list of screenings http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/films/playdates.aspx?ID=7156 here (though it’s been out for a while there are dates until __ this year) and creating an alert to be emailed if a nearer one is announced http://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/7088-the-king-and-the-mockingbir here. Then enquire with the cinema as to whether they are showing it in French with English subtitles or the American English dub.
From Friday, 18th April – Wrinkles (Arrugas) (http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/wrinkles-film 15)
From Ignacio FERRERAS (http://www.channel4.com/programmes/how-to-cope-with-death/4od#3379455 How to Cope with Death, The Illusionist animator, "https://www.youtube.com/watch?hd=1&v=Gxy9Qm-FCgI&gl=GB&hl=en-GB%20 1000 Characters SMSing"), and and selected for the Ghibli Museum Library. I recommend seeing the list of screenings here and creating an alert http://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/3914-wrinkles here. Available in Spanish with English subtitles and American English dub.
From Saturday, 26th April – We <3 Miyazaki ( U– PG)
From Friday, 2nd May – PATEMA INVERTED (Sakasama no Patema) (http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/patema-inverted-film PG)
From YOSHIURA Yasuhiro and STUDIO RIKKA (). I recommend seeing the list of screenings https://www.ourscreen.com/search/screenings/?Req.SearchTerm=patema+inverted&Req.Time=any here and creating an alert http://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/6475-patema-inverte here. Available in Japanese with English subtitles and American English dub.
From Friday, 9th May – The Wind Rises (Kaze tachinu) (http://www.bbfc.co.uk/releases/wind-rises-film-0 PG)
From MIYAZAKI Hayao and Studio Ghibli (Laputa, Totoro, Sprited Away, Ponyo). I recommend seeing the list of screenings http://www.findanyfilm.com/The-Wind-Rises~59564 here and creating an alert http://www.filmdates.co.uk/films/6977-the-wind-rises here. Available in Japanese with English subtitles and American English dub.