Fri, 27 January 2023

8:15 pm - 9:15 pm GMT

An Evening with Guillermo del Toro

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Join us for a livestreamed event with award-winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, award-winning stop-motion director Mark Gustafson and actor Ewan McGregor.

Hailed as this century’s leading fantasy filmmaker – creating films such as Pan’s Labyrinth and the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water – del Toro’s new stop-motion animated film, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio directed alongside Gustafson, reimagines Carlo Collodi’s classic story as a Mussolini-era parable. Like The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, which are set against the terror of Franco’s Spain, it is a story of children fighting back against the cruel forces of fascism in wartime Europe.

Join del Toro, Gustafson and award-winning actor Ewan McGregor, who voices Sebastian J. Cricket, as they talk to film writer Ellen E Jones about the making of this critically-acclaimed new film and discuss the inspirations behind it. You will also have the rare opportunity to put your questions to one of cinema’s most influential artists.

Pinocchio is available to stream on Netflix now.

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Guillermo del Toro

Oscar and BAFTA-winning Director

Born on October 9, 1964, Guillermo del Toro was able to parlay his childhood love of the macabre into a highly successful career as a filmmaker, making his feature debut in 1993 with Cronos. He helmed the comic-book adaptations Blade II and Hellboy before directing Pan’s Labyrinth, an acclaimed, artfully distinguished film that was nominated for a Foreign Language Film Academy Award. Del Toro also directed the action blockbuster Pacific Rim and the haunted house/period piece Crimson Peak, before snagging his first Oscar win for Best Director with the sci-fi romance The Shape of Water.

Mark Gustafson

Stop-Motion Director

Mark Gustafson is an Emmy award-winning stop-motion veteran and has worked in animation since the 80s. He was the director of animation on Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and Pinocchio is his first credit as principal director on a feature film.

Ewan McGregor


Ewan McGregor OBE is a Scottish actor. His accolades include a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award. In 2013, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his services to drama and charity. Ewan McGregor voices Sebastian J. Cricket in Pinocchio.