• Women In British Animation: Gillian Lacey

    Women In British Animation: Gillian Lacey0

    “When the Leeds workshop started there was very little challenging animation being done and as a result there was always an excited audience waiting to see what the next films would be.” —Gillian Lacey

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  • Women in British Animation: Petra Freeman

    Women in British Animation: Petra Freeman0

    “Animation is for weirdos.” —Petra Freeman During the eighties and nineties, Channel 4’s patronage of experimental animation provided opportunities for new talent across the country. Some of these animators arrived at the medium very much through the back door, bringing with them aesthetic sensibilities unlike those of anyone else in the field. One such person

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  • Oscar Animated Shorts: Birds, Booze, and Bands

    Oscar Animated Shorts: Birds, Booze, and Bands0

    The Oscar animated shorts category has a few familiar faces and one director who adapted his own graphic novel into an animated short. “Borrowed Time” (7 minutes) Andrew Coats, Lou Hamou-Lhadj (directors) USA This is a short, silent Western about guilt and grief and dads, and it does that very well. The animation is made

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  • Women in British Animation: Candy Guard

    Women in British Animation: Candy Guard0

    “I just want to make people laugh. Not by being silly – but by being truthful.” —Candy Guard In her student days at Newcastle Polytechnic and St Martins School of Art, Candy Guard hoped to enter live-action filmmaking. But instead, she found herself being tugged towards the world of cartoons. “I started to put ideas

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  • Women in British Animation: Thalma Goldman Cohen

    Women in British Animation: Thalma Goldman Cohen1

    “Sex has become very commercialized. But people are moving away from cheapness, it abuses them.” —Thalma Goldman Cohen In 1976, Screen International cast an eye over the position of women filmmakers in Britain. “If British Cinema, to its shame, can boast few female directors as yet,” read the article, “one field in which women seem

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  • Women in British Animation: A Short Introduction

    Women in British Animation: A Short Introduction0

    While the United Kingdom never had an animation industry on the same scale as those of the United States, Japan or Russia, the country has long played host to a vibrant subculture of experimental animation. Animation, like any other medium, started out as an experimental endeavour. In Britain, it was pioneered by turn-of-the-century filmmaker Arthur Melbourne-Cooper,

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