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Set animation and experimentation

101’

A Colour Box

UK 1935 / 4’

director:Len Lye
screenplay:Len Lye
animation:Len Lye
music:Don Baretto and his Cuban Orchestra
producer:Len Lye
production:General Post Office Film Unit
source of print:British Film Institute
language:silent

Animated shapes dance to Cuban music. This was one of the first animations to be painted directly onto the film.

Color Cry

USA 1952 / 4’

director:Len Lye
screenplay:Len Lye
animation:Len Lye
music:Sonny Terry (Fox Chase)
producer:Ann Zeiss
production:Direct Film Co
source of print:New Zealand Film Archive
language:silent

A new type of "direct" film, made by the rayogram or "shadow cast" process. Strips of film were exposed without the use of a camera. Patterns were created by placing stencils and coloured gels over the film. Lye synchronised this to a piece of blues music.

Print courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki of Nga Taonga Whitiahua with kind permission of the Len Lye Foundation.

Decaff

New Zeland 1994 / 4’

director:Greg Page
screenplay:Greg Page
cinematography:Bret Nichols
animation:Greg Page
producer:James Wallace, David Reid
production:James Wallace Productions
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

The Film Festival has a bug. Decaff is short, he lives in a cinema world and is not user-friendly. He is the bad-tempered little knot we all have inside us - he does what you wish you could.

Decaff II

New Zeland 1997 / 5’

director:Greg Page
screenplay:Greg Page
cinematography:Bret Nichols
animation:Greg Page
producer:John Holdsworth, Gary Hannam
production:Motion Control Ltd
language:English

Decaff is a very bad-tempered character who drinks too much coffee and loses his temper easily. Five new animated Decaff episodes.

Flight to Venus

New Zeland 1960 / 12’

director:Fred O'Neill
screenplay:Fred O'Neill
animation:Fred O'Neill
producer:Fred O'Neill
production:Plasti - Line
source of print:New Zealand Film Archive

An animated anti-nuclear film during which an earth man flies a rocket to Venus. The survivors of an atomic war explain the demise of their once great civilization.

Print courtesy of the New Zealand Film Archive Nga Kaitiaki of Nga Taonga Whitiahua with kind permission of the Fred O'Neill Estate.

Fly

New Zeland 2003 / 5’

director:Shona McCullagh
screenplay:Shona McCullagh
cinematography:Aaron Morton
music:David Long
cast:Richard Cesan, John Callen
producer:Margaret Slater
production:Slater Films, Screen Innovation Production Fund, New Zealand Film Commission
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

A father struggles between his instinct to protect and the need to set his deaf boy free. Loosely based on the ancient story of Daedelus and Icarus

Grass

New Zeland 2004 / 7’

director:Simon Otto
screenplay:Simon Otto
animation:Simon Otto
music:Andrew McDowall
producer:Susan Chambers, Brent Chaambers
production:Flux Animation Studios Ltd, New Zealand Film Commission
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

One man's attempt to fit in with the world around him and gain the acceptance of his neighbours. A black comedy about the perils of conformity.

Hurtle

New Zeland 1998 / 10’

director:Shona McCullagh
screenplay:Shona McCullagh
cinematography:JB Armstrong
music:David Long
cast:Tanna Mete, Kelly Nash, J. B. Armstrong, Caroline Binden
producer:Margaret Slater
production:Slater Films
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

Two nuns embark on an adventure to find an illusive available toilet.

Infection

New Zeland 1999 / 9’

director:James Cunningham
screenplay:James Cunningham
animation:James Cunningham
music:Joost Langeveld
producer:Paul Swadel
production:Supercollider
awards:Aspen Shortfest 2001 - Animated Eye Award
language:English

A 'DELF' (digitally engineered life form) is deployed to infect a corporate computer system - it's mission: to destroy the 'student loan' of it's hacker-creator. How will the little three-fingered hero get into the bank's records vault?

Little Queen

New Zeland 1983 / 19’

director:Peter Wells
screenplay:Peter Wells
cinematography:Kevin Hayward
music:Wayne Laird
cast:Brendon Wells, Norman Brocas, Eirlys Shand, Donogh Rees, Ian McMillan
producer:Stewart Main
production:QEII Arts Council Short Film Fund
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

Reinvents a moment in New Zealand's past, the 1953 Royal Visit.

The boy in the film is fascinated by a picture of the Queen on the lid of a cake-tin. She remains magical even when he sees her in her limousine...

Tusalava

New Zeland 1928 / 10’

director:Len Lye
screenplay:Len Lye
animation:Len Lye
music:Jack Ellitt
producer:Robert Graves
production:The Film Society
source of print:British Film Institute
language:silent

Len Lye began work on this animated film about organic life in a primary stage in 1927: I doodled to assuage my hunger for some hypnotic image I'd never seen before, drawing upon Maori, Aboriginal and Samoan traditions.

Walkshort

New Zeland 1989 / 12’

director:William Toefper
screenplay:Don McGlashan, Harry Sinclair
cast:Don McGlashan, Harry Sinclair
producer:Gregory Rood
production:Front Lawn Films
source of print:New Zealand Film Commission
language:English

In a busy Auckland Street a series of chance encounters connects the lives of a random cross section of the public. This acclaimed short film is recognized as a classic.