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    Studio Ghibli`s ARRIETTY Opens in Australia on January 12th

    The tiny borrower Arrietty lives beneath the floorboards of mansion in the Studio Ghibli animated feature ARRIETTY. Image courtesy of Madman Entertainment. © 2010 GNDHDDTW

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    Australian theatrical poster for ARRIETTY, courtesy of Madman Entertainment. © 2010 GNDHDDTW

    The Studio Ghibli animated feature ARRIETTY (????????????, Karigurashi no Arrietty, 2010) will open in Australian cinemas on January 12, 2012, courtesy of distributor Madman Entertainment. Based on Mary Norton’s novel The Borrowers, ARRIETTY is a story of a family of little people. Beneath the floorboards of a sprawling mansion set in a magical, overgrown garden in the suburbs of Tokyo, tiny 14-year-old Arrietty lives with her equally tiny parents. The house is occupied by two old ladies, who are absolutely unaware of the existence of their miniature tenants. Arrietty and her family live by borrowing. Everything they have, they borrow or make from the things they have borrowed. Essentials like gas, water and food. Tables, chairs, cooking utensils. And treats - a sugar cube here, a scrap of material there. But only a little each time, so the ladies do not notice. A 12-year-old boy, Sho, moves into the mansion while he waits for urgent medical treatment in the city. Arrietty`s parents have always warned her: "Never let humans see you." Once seen, little people always have to move on. But the adventurous Arrietty doesn`t listen, and Sho discovers her. The two begin to confide in each other and, before long, a friendship begins to blossom... Madman will screen ARRIETTY in both English language and Original Japanese language versions with English subtitles. The English language track was recorded in the UK and features a different voice cast than will be heard in the upcoming US release (entitled THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY) from Walt Disney Studios. The UK cast includes Saoirse Ronan (THE LOVELY BONES, HANNA) as Arrietty, Tom Holland as Sho, Olivia Colman (HOT FUZZ) as Homily, Phyllida Law (UNLEASHED, THE WINTER GUEST) as Sadako, Luke Allen-Gale (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER) as Spiller, Mark Strong (SHERLOCK HOLMES, GREEN LANTERN) as Pod and Geraldine McEwan (MISS MARPLE, WALLACE & GROMIT) as Haru. ARRIETTY A film by HIROMASA YONEBAYASHI IN CINEMAS JANUARY 12, 2012 Screening in both English Language and Original Japanese Version with subtitles 2010 · JAPAN · RUNNING TIME 94 MINS · 35 MM · 1:1.85 · DOLBY SR-SRD · COLOUR

    Haru the maid discovers Arrietty`s mother, Homily. Image courtesy of Madman Entertainment. © 2010 GNDHDDTW

    About Studio Ghibli

    Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s SPIRITED AWAY won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of "the most influential people" by Time Magazine.

    About Madman

    Madman is Australia`s leading independent theatrical, home entertainment distribution and rights management company, specialising in the wholesale distribution of DVD and BLU RAY product into sales channels throughout Australia and New Zealand. Other rights management activities undertaken by madman include theatrical distribution, as well as licensing for television, video-on-demand, hotel, airline and merchandise. Madman proudly showcases the best in collectable and special interest genres including Australian film, world cinema, TV, kids content, anime, sports and more.

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