Breaking Boundaries

British animation is known for its groundbreaking innovation.  This Anim18 Strand is dedicated to this heritage of experimentation and the new technologies that continue to shape the way we create and experience animation today.  With screenings, projects, live events and new commissions, we’ll be breaking boundaries throughout the season.

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FILMS

Coraline (2009)

USA/2009/1h 40m/Dir. Henry Selick While exploring her new home, a girl named Coraline (Dakota Fanning) discovers a secret door, behind which lies an alternate world that closely mirrors her own but, in many ways, is better. She rejoices in her discovery, until Other...

Scottish Animation

Two programmes of Scottish animation selected for Glasgow Short Film Festival by animator Ross Hogg When we think of Scottish animation, the first name that springs to mind is Norman McLaren - who made most of his work in Canada. But Scotland has been home...

Oska Bright Film Festival Animation Shorts (2017)

UK/2017/41 mins/No Cert/ Dir. Various Carousel helps learning disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives, true to their voice and vision, challenging expectations of what great art is and who can create it. Oska Bright Film...

The 3 Worlds of Gulliver (1960)

© 1960, renewed 1988 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. USA/1960/100 mins/Dir. Jack Sher Surgeon Lemuel Gulliver (Kerwin Mathews) wants to explore the world before his marriage to Elizabeth (June Thorburn), despite her...

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

© 1955, renewed 1983 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. While on a routine mission, Cmdr. Pete Mathews (Kenneth Tobey) runs into trouble when his submarine is nearly sunk by an unknown creature. Back at base in Pearl Harbor,...

Alice in Wonderland (1988)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Film4 USA/1988/86 mins/Dir. Jan Švankmajer In Czech director Jan Svankmajer's surreal adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic children's book, Alice (Kristyna Kohoutova) follows her stuffed rabbit through a portal inside her dresser to be...

BFI: A New History of British Animation Part 3

Package 3: Top of the World (1983 – 1998) Title Date Runtime Night Club (Jonathan Hodgson) 1983 6.5 The Victor (Derek Hayes & Phil Austin) 1985 13 Black Dog (Alison De Vere) 1987 18 Feet of Song (Erica Russell) 1988 5.5 Clothes (Osbert Parker) 1988 3 Manipulation...

BFI: A New History of British Animation Part 2

Package 2: British Animation Comes of Age (1952 – 1979) Title Date Runtime Figurehead (Allan Crick) 1952 7 Parents Take Hart (Larkins Studio) 1953 2.5 The Wardrobe (George Dunning) 1958 2 Do it Yourself Cartoon Kit (Biographic) 1959 5.5 Automania 2000...

BFI: A New History of British Animation Part 1

Package 1: The Early Years of British Animation (1907 – 1940) – From Animated Dolls to Adolf Title Date Runtime Sorcerer’s Scissors (Walter Booth) 1907 3 Jealous Doll, or, The Frustrated Elopement 1909 6 Animated Doll and Toy Town Circus (G.A. Smith?)...

Watership Down (1978)

UK/1978/91 mins./(U)/ Dir. Martin Rosen Based upon Richard Adam's novel of the same title, this animated feature delves into the surprisingly violent world of a warren of rabbits as they seek to establish a new colony free of tyranny and human intervention....

The Secret Adventures Of Tom Thumb (1993)

UK/1993/60 mins./ Dir. Dave Borthwick Having nothing at all to do with the famed circus performer, The Secret Adventures of Tom Thumb is instead a dark, nightmarish fable, equal parts Grimm Brothers fairy tale and post-apocalyptic science fiction. The title character...

Chuck Steel: Raging Balls of Steel Justice (2014)

UK/2014/15 mins. / Dir.  Michael Mort It s not 1985 anymore. It s 1986, and Chuck Steel is the best Goddamn cop on the force according to his long suffering boss, Captain Jack Schitt. But even this maverick, renegade, loose cannon, lone wolf, cop on the edge, who...

Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)

CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE TO BOOK UK/1982/95 mins./(15)/Dir.  Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe A troubled rock star descends into madness in the midst of his physical and social isolation from everyone. Pink Floyd – The Wall is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical film...

Loving Vincent (2017)

UK/2017/93mins/(12A) Dir: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman With: Saoirse Ronan, Chris O’Dowd, Douglas Booth Comprised of almost 65,000 hand-painted oil stills in the world’s first ‘painted’ film, this one of a kind biopic evokes the delirious, hyper-sensual world...

Chuck Steel: Night of the Trampires (2018)

UK/2017/ Dir. Michael Mort It's not 1985 anymore...it's 1986, and Chuck Steel is 'the best God damn cop on the force' according to his long-suffering boss, Captain Jack Schitt. But even this maverick, renegade, loose cannon, lone wolf, a cop on the edge, who doesn't...

Yellow Submarine (1968)

UK/1968/85mins. Dir. George Dunning The Beatles are spirited away in the eponymous yellow submarine to save Pepperland from the dreaded Blue Meanies. Along the way, the singing saviors encounter a surreal feast for both the eyes and ears: phantasmagorical creatures,...

Animal Farm (1954)

UK/ 1954/ 72 mins/ Dir. Joy Batchelor, John Halas A successful farmyard revolution by the resident animals vs. the farmer goes horribly wrong as the victors create a new tyranny among themselves. Animal Farm is a 1954 British-American adult animated comedy-drama film...

The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Orginal Title: Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed /Germany/1926/66mins. Dir. Lotte Reiniger The Adventures of Prince Achmed is based on tales from The Arabian Nights and still stands as one of the great classics of animation — witty, lively, delicate, inventive,...

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Upcoming Events

Nov
10
Sat
all-day VR Gallery @ Derby QUAD
VR Gallery @ Derby QUAD
Nov 10 2018 – Jan 31 2019 all-day
Experience British animation as you’ve never done before! A bespoke interactive gallery created in partnership with Derby QUAD and V21 Artspace. Visit for free in the QUAD Participation Area.
Nov
22
Thu
10:00 am Animating Histories: Museum Anim... @ National Football Museum, Manchester
Animating Histories: Museum Anim... @ National Football Museum, Manchester
Nov 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
In partnership with the National Football Museum, learn how to incorporate stop-motion animation into your museum learning sessions with this Animating Histories staff training workshop. The purpose of this free CPD session is to explore[...]