Award-Winning Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda Coming to Australia

Apr 4th 2013



Madman Entertainment, in conjunction with NTV Films are pleased to announce multiple award-winning filmmaker, Mamoru Hosoda (Wolf Children, Summer Wars, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time) will tour Australia this month.

Joined by his long-time collaborator, Yuchiro Saito, animation producer and co-founder of Studio Chizu with Mamoru Hosoda – the studio responsible for Wolf Children – Hosoda-san will be coming to Australia in mid-April, appearing at very special event screening and Q&A sessions for Wolf Children in Sydney (Dendy Newtown, April 15) and Melbourne (Cinema Nova, April 17). Tickets are on sale now and strictly limited.

Hosoda-san will also be appearing at Supanova Pop Culture Expo on the Gold Coast on April 20, a one-off screening of Wolf Children will follow in the evening at BCC Pacific Fair as a part of the Gold Coast Film Festival program.

Mamoru Hosoda will be available for a limited round of media interviews in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast. Please contact Madman Publicity via reply to register your interest.

Often revered as a talent to rival the output of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, Mamoru Hosoda is one of the most exciting animation directors working today. His 2006 debut, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time won praise from the anime community, and picked up the prestigious ‘Animation of the Year’ award at the Japan Academy Prize, amongst numerous other international awards.

With both 2009's Summer Wars and 2012's Wolf Children Mamoru Hosoda has cemented his reputation amongst both cinephiles and anime fans alike as a creator of unique, authentic and beautiful works. Both films have also further earned a slew of ‘Animation of the Year/Best Animated Feature’ awards, including dual Japanese Academy Prize awards and Sitges – Catalonion International Film Festival prizes.

About Wolf Children: When Hana falls in love, it feels like a fairy tale. She starts a family and produces two beautiful children - Yuki (Snow), a girl, and Ame (Rain), a boy. But the family harbours a secret – their father is a ‘Wolf-Man’, half human and half wolf, and has passed his affliction on to his children. The family try to reside discreetly in a quiet corner of the city, but their joyful life is shattered when their father passes away. To live peacefully, Hana must make the difficult decision to move Yuki and Ame to a small town and surround them with nature.

About MADMAN ENTERTAINMENT:

Madman is a leading independent film and television distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia and New Zealand. Madman is renowned for its commitment to quality Australian and foreign film, factual content, as well as highly collectable categories such as Japanese anime, genre film, animation and cult television. Madman's capabilities encompass end to end acquisition, marketing, creative, sales and distribution in all mediums and formats, from the silver screen to the digital realm. Madman is also a proud producer of Australian film and television content. Put simply, Madman is mad for entertainment.

Madman is owned by Funtastic Limited, one of Australia's largest wholesalers of consumer products into retail outlets and an Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed company.

About SUPANOVA POP CULTURE EXPO:

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo was established in 2002 in Sydney as a completely home-grown Australian production showcasing sci-fi, fantasy, anime, comic books, manga, games and much more. Run by a diverse and passionate team of professionals spread across the country with backgrounds in private industry and the creative sector, Supanova has expanded to six cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast) and gone from strength to strength to become Australia's premier event of its kind with over 120,000 fans attending in 2012.

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