Politics & Persuasion

From the public information and propaganda of the GPO Film Unit, to adverts, music videos and social campaigning, British animation has long been used to inform, promote and persuade.  This Anim18 Strand is dedicated to the power of animation to captivate audiences and provoke a response.  With innovative commissions, classic reissues and treasures from the archive, we’ll be making a case for the magic of British animation.  Prepare to be persuaded!

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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...

Leeds Animation Workshop Shorts

Read on to learn about Leeds Animation Workshop's programme for Anim18. In the year it celebrates its fortieth anniversary, this not-for-profit, filmmaking collective is still active in conceiving, producing and making animated films on social and...

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?)...

When the Wind Blows (1986)

Images courtesy of Park Circus/Film4 UK/1986/80 mins./(PG)/ Dir. Jimmy Teru Murakami In this hand-drawn animated tale, elderly married couple Hilda (Peggy Ashcroft) and Jim Bloggs (John Mills) have their quiet, simple lives in the English...

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 Plague Dogs (1982)

TBC UK/1982/103 mins./(PG-13)/Dir. Martin Rosen In this animation, Snitter (John Hurt) and Rowf (Christopher Benjamin) are two dogs trapped in a lab where they are repeatedly abused for testing purposes. One day, they accidentally find a way to unlock their cages and...

The Iron Giant (1999)

USA/1999/83mins/(U) Dir: Brad Bird. With: Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Harry Connick Jr. A young boy befriends a giant robot from outer space that a paranoid government agent wants to destroy. BRITISH CONNECTION  The Iron Giant is based upon the 1968 story,'Iron...

Ethel & Ernest(2016)

Wales/2016/94mins/PG. Dir: Roger Mainwood. With: Pam Ferris, Jim Broadbent, Brenda Blethyn. A hand-drawn animated film from Cardiff-based Cloth Cat studio, based on the award-winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs. An affectionate depiction of the lives of Briggs’...

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...


Upcoming Events

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.
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[...]