Although there will unlikely be enough cinemas holding screenings around Australia to meet the demand a Studio Ghibli film can draw, Madman Entertainment are set to hold a limited two week screening season of When Marnie Was There at select cinemas across the country. These sessions are set to begin this week (May 14-17). With some cinemas holding (English) dubbed sessions, others holding subtitled sessions and some holding both, you will want to find out which capital city cinema is holding the screening you wish to watch HERE.
Based on the novel by Joan G. Robinson, When Marnie Was There is the latest film from the legendary animation team at Studio Ghibli, and the second feature film of Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Who also did Arrietty). Following this two weeks of cinema sessions, it is likely that Madman Entertainment will move towards a home video release in the coming months.
When Marnie Was There – Synopsis
Twelve-year-old Anna believes she sits outside the invisible magic circle to which most people belong, and shuts herself off 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 becomes 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.