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This site lists films and events from the 2016 BFI London Film Festival. The festival programme for 2017 will be announced later this year.
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Animal Farm

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.


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  • Directors John Halas, Joy Batchelor
  • Producers John Halas, Joy Batchelor
  • Screenwriters John Halas, Joy Batchelor, Lothar Wolff, Borden Mace, Philip Stapp
  • With Maurice Denham, Gorden Heath
  • UK 1954
  • 72 mins
  • UK distribution Network Distributing Ltd

Suitable for all ages

What would happen if the animals took over the farm? With the farmer gone the pigs take control. All animals are equal, but are some more equal than others? George Orwell’s novella is famous as a political allegory, but it only works as such because it is also an engaging story. Sixty years young, this is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale. Produced by John Halas and Joy Batchelor, this was Britain’s first animated feature film.

Jez Stewart

This screening will be followed by:

The History of the Cinema

  • Director John Halas
  • UK 1957
  • 8 mins

A stylish and funny poke-in-the eye of the cinema industry, from its earliest developments to a vision of the future.

Automania 2000

  • Director John Halas
  • UK 1963
  • 9 mins

A cartoon warning of the pursuit of relentless progress over common sense, which tempers a dystopian vision with much humour.

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