The View from the Café Bar: Remembering Alison De Vere
+ intro by Jez Stewart, Curator (Animation) BFI National Archive
A deep-dive into the remarkable short films of one of Britain’s greatest animators.
Total runtime 90min
Is Alison De Vere’s five-decade career Britain’s greatest contribution to world animation? Her first regular job was with the Halas and Batchelor Studio in 1951, and from there she moved into directing and designing TV commercials before venturing into more personal filmmaking with her own work. Through a series of independent shorts, from Café Bar (1974) to Psyche and Eros (1994), she used the humble cartoon form to tell stories and portray characters of unprecedented depth. The special collection of films we’re screening here offers a portrait of an overlooked artist of profound warmth, wit, experience and intelligence.