More from ‘The Wrong Trainers’ for the BBC

From Beakus in London, two more segments in the BBC’s series on child poverty ‘the Wrong Trainers’ for kids’ news programme Newsround. The series won awards from BAFTA and the National Television Society.

Here’s Danielle’s story, directed by Leigh Hodgkinson:
http://beakus.com/blog/newsround-danielles-story

And here’s Semera’s story, directed by Steve Smith:
http://littlebeak.com/blog/newsround-on-poverty

‘Persepolis’ by Marjane Satrapi

Here at animated documentary.com we were debating if Persepolis is an animated documentary or not  …what are your thoughts?

Persepolis is the poignant story of a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. It is through the eyes of precocious and outspoken nine year old Marjane that we see a people’s hopes dashed as fundamentalists take power – forcing the veil on women and imprisoning thousands. Clever and fearless, she outsmarts the “social guardians” and discovers punk, ABBA and Iron Maiden. Yet when her uncle is senselessly executed and as bombs fall around Tehran in the Iran/Iraq war, the daily fear that permeates life in Iran is palpable.

Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZ22VyjJ6n8

‘An Eyeful of Sound’ by Samantha Moore

Here’s Samantha Moore’s 2010 film on synaesthesia, produced by Joshka Wessels of Sapiens Productions and funded by the Wellcome Trust. Screened at many international festivals the film has won several awards including Best Experimental Animation, Scinema Science Film Festival.

http://www.samanthamoore.co.uk/#/an-eyeful-of-sound/4516109011

‘Silence’ by Orly Yadin & Sylvie Bringas

After fifty years a Holocaust survivor recalls her time as a child in the camps, and afterwards with relatives in Sweden; based on the experiences of Tana Ross.

http://archive.org/details/OrlyYadinSylvieBringasSilence

Awards:
Best Animation, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia 1999
Grand Prix, Odense Film Festival, Denmark 1999
Gold Hugo Animated Short, Chicago International Film Festival, USA 1998
Best Short Film, Oslo Animation Festival, Norway 1998
Fist Prize: Shorts, Cinanima International Animation Festival, Portugal 1998

‘Waltz with Bashir’ by Ari Folman

Much has been said about this highly successful feature – the first animated documentary to ‘break through’ to cinema audiences, and an influence on many films which have followed it.

Here’s the film’s official site, with some revealing information about the making of the film in the ‘Production Notes’ section – click ‘The Film’ tab.

http://waltzwithbashir.com

‘Hysteria’ by Alys Scott Hawkins

Here’s the film I made in my first year of the Animation MA course at the Royal College of Art. The brief was to make an extremely short film, starting from the word ‘bedlam’, which led me from the history of mental health care to treatments of the medical condition hysteria in Victorian Britain.

Detailing clitoridectomy and genital massage, it is not for the faint-hearted!

http://www.alyshawkins.co.uk/hysteria

Awards: Best Film, Compass of Desire Film Festival, Bristol, U.K. 2009

‘Bun in the Oven’ by Alys Scott Hawkins

This was my first animated documentary, and the graduation film I made on the BA (Hons) Media Production course at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

An exploration of the changing forms and feelings of the female body throughout pregnancy and childbirth.

Awards:
Best Experimental Film, BAF! 2000 Bradford Animation Festival, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television 2000
Special Commendation, Royal Television Society (North East) 1999

http://www.alyshawkins.co.uk/bunintheoven