In exciting news for Studio Ghibli fans, Madman Entertainment have announced that the animation powerhouse’s latest When Marnie Was There will get a limited release in cinemas across the country from May 14-27. Cinemagoers will also get the choice to see the film in its original form with subtitles or a dubbed English language version.
Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There tells the tale of twelve-year old Anna, who believes she sits outside the magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself from everyone around her. Concerned for her health, Anna’s foster mother decides to send her to rural Hokkaido to stay in a sleepy town by the sea. As she dreams her days away amongst the marshes, Anna finds herself strangely drawn to the enigmatic house which sits upon the edge there. This is where she meets Marnie, an energetic young girl who seems to appear from nowhere. The pair quickly become inseparable.
One evening, Marnie makes a heartfelt request of Anna: “Promise me something-that we’ll remain a secret, forever”. Anna begins to wonder about her newfound friend and is compelled to investigate the truth about her. As she is drawn deeper into Marnie’s world, she begins to learn about family, friendship and kindness.
When Marnie Was There is the second feature film by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, director of the hit Studio Ghibli film Arrietty. You can catch it at the following locations:
– Dendy Newtown (subtitled and dubbed)
– Event George Street (subtitled and dubbed)
– Cinema Nova (subtitled)
– Hoyts Melbourne Central (dubbed)
– Dendy Portside (subtitled and dubbed)
– Nova Palace East End (subtitled and dubbed)
– Luna Leederville (subtitled and dubbed)
– State Hobart (subtitled and dubbed)
– Dendy Canberra (subtitled and dubbed)