ANIME CLASSICS – STEAMBOY (スチームボーイ, Suchīmubōi) [Monday 25th March – Doors: 7:00pm]


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ANIME CLASSICS STEAMBOY (スチームボーイ, Suchīmubōi)

dir Katsuhiro Ōtomo (2004 / Japan / 126mins / Japanese with English subtitles) 

Doors: 7pm / Intro + Film: 7:30pm / Food served to 9pm / Event: 18+




In 1860s Britain, a boy inventor –  Ray Steam – finds himself caught in the middle of a deadly conflict over a revolutionary advance in steam power.


Epic in every meaning of the word, STEAMBOY (2004) was ten years in production and cost an extravagant $20.2 million to produce, the most expensive Japanese anime title at that time.


Director Katsuhiro Ōtomo concluded his long search for a suitable feature-length film to follow AKIRA (1988) with a story that mirrors his masterpiece in many ways: the battle to control a world-changing energy source results in epic scenes of mass destruction (The Anime Encyclopaedia).


What sets STEAMBOY apart are its wonderfully intricate Victorian steampunk settings – an imaginary version of England in the 1860s as London prepares for the Great Exhibition – that resemble the CANNON FODDER sequence Ōtomo wrote and directed for MEMORIES (1995).


“A worthy successor to AKIRA… Only Ōtomo is capable of pulling off a masterpiece like STEAMBOY.” (Anime Insider)


ANIME CLASSICS is a celebration of Japanese animation, hosted by queer film fanatic Token Homo (BAR TRASH). All films screen in Japanese with English subtitles and an introduction. Tickets £3.


***Terms & Conditions: Advance tickets (whether bought online or in person at the venue) are non-refundable, except in the case of a show being cancelled. If you have purchased tickets in advance and cannot attend a show you can transfer the tickets to someone else by informing us in advance via email. Please be aware that there’s only one entrance to the venue and there are 20 stairs and no lift. We also have a no pets policy in the venue (sorry furry friends) and the venue is strictly over 18s past 9pm. Wearing masks whilst not seated it advised, please do not attend if you or any of your household have Covid-19 symptoms or have recently tested positive.***