Review of the Spectrum Portraits series on the BFI site

An article, published yesterday on the BFI site, on the series of films for autism charity Spectrum which we blogged back in August.

http://www.bfi.org.uk/news/animating-autism-spectrum-portraits-project

‘Portraits’ curated by Art & Graft for autism charity Spectrum

Five beautifully designed and animated short films about individuals who UK autism charity Spectrum work with, made by Art & Graft, Matthias Hoegg, Mikey Please, Kristian Andrews and Sebastien Eballard.

You can watch all the films from the project page here

There’s also a film by Art & Graft about the charity and what they do on their website at
http://www.spectrumasd.org

Animated Awareness: a review of ‘Centrefold’

Here’s a review of the launch of ‘Centrefold’, Ellie’s new film, which was premiered last week at the Wellcome Trust in London. Friend of the blog Bella Honess Roe was there and here are her thoughts.

You will be able to watch the film on the Centrefold site from Friday. Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted…

Animating Documentary

Last week I went to the launch of Centrefold, at the Wellcome Trust in London.  The film, directed by Ellie Land (one half of the team behind this great animated docs blog), is about female genital cosmetic surgery and aims to provide a non-judgemental look at labia surgery and ‘encourage informed discussion’ on the topic.  It certainly provoked debate at the Q&A session after the screening last week, with a panel made up of Dr Phil Hammond, the director, consultant gynaecologist Sarah Creighton, consultant clinical psychologist Lih-Mei Liao, artist Jamie McCartney and psychoanalyst Susie Orbach.  In particular, things got heated around whether the film was balanced and the reasons that motivate women to have this surgery.

I was interested in the points made by Jamie about using animation, and art in general, to tackle tricky subjects and Ellie’s comments that animation helps you get closer to…

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Badger animated documentary

Filmmakers Annie Kwan and Helen Omand have been working on a short animated documentary about the work of Howard Hardiman and his self published series of comics –  the world of Badger. The project is a work in progress you can find out more and watch the trailer here:

http://forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2012/badger-animated-documentary/

‘A is for Autism’ by Tim Webb

If you don’t know this film, then you should! I certainly consider it one of the films which inspired me in what animation could do.

Director Tim Webb worked with autistic children and adults whose artwork informed the visual style of the film, as well as describing their experiences in the soundtrack.

The DVD is available here.

‘The Trouble With Love and Sex’ by Jonathan Hodgson for the BBC

A 50 minute film, made for the BBC, in which several couples discuss their relationship problems. In the first full-length animated documentary made for British television drawn characters lipsync to the audio testimony recorded in the counselling rooms of Relate.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0113fwl

And co-director Zac Beattie writes on the making of the film here:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/tv/2011/05/wonderland-trouble-with-love-and-sex.shtml

‘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