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Animation 2018


+ intro by Jez Stewart, Curator (Animation) BFI National Archive

An animated comic opera, plus a selection of Joy Batchelor shorts.

Image from Ruddigore + intro

UK 1966
Dir Joy Batchelor

A witch’s curse, a lost brother, madness, ghosts, romance, a conjoined chorus of bridesmaids and a generous helping of ‘fiddle-de-dees.’ Remarkably, this adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera is only Britain’s second animated feature, directed by Joy Batchelor (co-director of the first). This rarely seen gem will be screened from video due to the lack of quality film prints.

+ Dolly Put the Kettle On
UK 1947. Dirs Halas and Batchelor. 2.5min
A post-war cinema ad featuring a knife-wielding doll competing for the attention of a teddy bear.

+ Bolly in a Space Adventure
UK 1968. Dir Joy Batchelor. 5min
The space adventures of Bolly and his friends on imaginary planets.

+ Ode to Joy
UK 2014. Dir Martin Pickles. 4min
A short profile of Joy Batchelor produced by her daughter, Vivien Halas.


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