Don’t take the children to the R rated Sunday 1pm session of From Naughty to
Nasty, which features the hardcore 1928 classic Everready, a red hot Betty Boop, and the
pornographic Lovers in the Woods (1965) – with its soundtrack played backwards to
reveal Satanic messages.
More than 100 works from a dozen countries are screening at this biennial festival,
with 14 selected for Competition (see left). The festival also includes a series of
workshops by Estonian animation guru, Priit Parn.
Local animators showcase their works on Sunday at 10 am in the State Library, with a
varied range of subject matter, from the colourful world of a cockroach to the fluid,
sensuous line-work of a Rendez-Vous.
Among the many films screening, for example, is Geri’s Game (Fri Oct 23, 9pm) in
the Wagging The Tales session. This film, from one of the most advanced 3D computer
animation studios in the world (Pixar – who made Toy Soldiers and latterly Antz), is
an amusing short performance piece for young and old, with a highly detailed acting style,
and composition and framing worthy of Alfred Hitchcock.
One of the offbeat highlights of the festival is the Saturday night (11pm) screening of
Bill Plympton’s 75 minute animated feature, I Married A Strange Person, described as
"the most audacious American feature since Ralph Bakshi’s Coonskin," by G.
Michael Dobbs of Animation Planet. "…sexually and politically charged, it has
something to offend just about anyone, and I say that as a compliment."
"As a young and vital festival," says Peter Moyes, "it is our intention
to firmly establish the Brisbane Animation Festival as the Australian leg on the
international circuit of animated festivals, and to contribute to the thriving
international animation community. We are keen to promote animation and show it’s not
just a Saturday afternoon throw away."
Moyes says "in animation you can take control of the whole process –
it’s very personal." Moyes, himself an award winning animator, is currently
making Happy Hour, based on an iconic Christ in a contemporary bar, using pencil on paper
and computerised post production.
THE COMPETITION FILMS
Fruhling (Spring) by Silke Parzich
Essence of Terror by Sophie Raymond
Tempera by Lisbeth Worm
Tongue Twister by Sean Scott
Late at Night by Stephanie Jordan
If It Wasn’t for the Rubber by Jennie Swain
Linear Dream by Richard Reeves
His Mother’s Voice by Dennis Tupicoff
Sientje by Christa Moesker
Love Stinks by Greg Holfeld (above)
Comic Dance by A. Ainutdinov
Mecca Strewth by Dylan Crooke
Uncle by Adam Elliot
Dr Amoeba Does Sex by Eddie Mort