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Animation 2018


In 2018 we celebrate animation in all its guises, from puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI.

Introduction by co-programmers Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart

Animation 2018

“All of a sudden it hit me – if there was such a thing as composing music, there could be such a thing as composing motion”
Len Lye

Throughout the year we will be showcasing the craft and creativity of animation in all its forms and genres, from cut outs, puppetry and stop-motion to anime and CGI. While British animation will be at the heart of this story, we will also be investigating international perspectives and inviting animators to join us in person to present their work. There will be previews, re-releases and panel discussions all designed to illustrate why this unique art form can achieve what its live-action counterpart can’t, and why, despite popular misconceptions, animation is just as much for adults as it is for children.


The Female Pioneers (June)

“I believe in the truth of fairy tales more than I believe in the truth in the newspaper”
Lotte Reiniger

It’s time to celebrate women with a rostrum camera, and the diverse, provocative films made by female animators.

In highlighting these female pioneers we begin to demonstrate the variety of craft involved, from the scissor-sculpted fairy tales of Lotte Reiniger to the personal and provocative explorations of Alison De Vere. The artisanal production methods and intermittent funding of independent animation has often led to it being just as open (or closed) to female artists as male ones, but like the screen industry as a whole, the commercial sector has been historically dominated by men. All the more reason to underline the achievement of Joy Batchelor, who co-directed Britain’s first two animated features and enjoyed a 40-year career.

Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart

Bringing Music to Life (July)

“So ya, thought ya, might like to, go to the show”
Pink Floyd: The Wall

Music and animation are perfect bedfellows in this month’s selection.

This month we look at films where music is used to drive the animated visuals that we see on the big screen. Disney’s Fantasia was originally planned to be an evolving piece that was revisited over time, with new music being added. The classic film perfectly demonstrated how the different pieces of music being used could evoke a wealth of styles. Yellow Submarine showcased The Beatles in an animated environment via George Dunning and Heinz Edelmann’s pop art style, while The Wall employed Gerald Scarfe’s distinctive ‘house style’ (for the animation) and Alan Parker’s visual flare to provide a platform for Pink Floyd. We also look at the collaboration between Geoff Dunbar and Paul McCartney, which has produced a number of key pieces.

Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart


See our preview of Incredibles 2 + Q&A with director Brad Bird, and our screenings of The Breadwinner.

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