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23 Aug 2017 - 11:58 AM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2017 - 11:58 AM

Studio Ponoc’s Mary and The Witch’s Flower is coming to Australia later this year.

The film will premiere at Madman’s Anime Festival in Melbourne on November 5 at the Animelab Arena. According to Madman, it will be screened in Japanese, with English subtitles and is open to anyone regardless of if you have a ticket to the convention.

Mary and The Witch’s Flower is a film adaptation of Mary Stewart’s "The Little Broomstick" novel, produced by Studio Ponoc, a team made up of former Ghibli staff. The film follows the adventures of Mary, a young girl who discovers she has the power of a witch for a night.

The film is led by When Marnie Was There director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Wind Rises, Monster, Master Keaton, The Secret World of Arrietty) and Studio Ponoc founder Yoshiaki Nishimura (When Marnie Was There, The Tale of Princess Kaguya). The soundtrack will be composed by Muramatsu Takatsugu (When Marnie Was There) with Japanese rock band Sekai no Owari performing the film’s theme,

“This film reveals the magical world of a school for witches, and combines rollicking adventure with the unique richness, art and animation of Studio Ghibli-style storytelling,” said Madman in a press release about the film.

The Australian premiere of Mary and The Witch’s Flower joins other Madman Anime Festival events, including an Attack on Titan, Sword Art Online and Cowboy Bebop exhibitions, as well as guests, kawaii singer Ladybeard, Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe, the voice of Sword Art Online’s Kirito and Eren from Attack on Titan, Bryce Papenbrook, and Taiwanese cosplayer Ely. Madman Anime Festival will be held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on November 4-5.

Madman will be bringing Studio Shaft’s Fireworks film adaptation to Australia and New Zealand later this year too.

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