'... We're confronted with such massive, serious problems as a society, on a world level, that animation as a medium of communication can deal with the abstractions. of these problems that a camera can't.'
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A retrospective of four decades of animation from U.S. indie collaborators and Academy Award winners, Faith and John Hubley. In the years since the establishment of their independent animation studio, Storyboard, in 1955, the Hubleys completed 21 films together, one a year until John Hubley's death, during heart surgery in 1977. After her husband's passing, Faith upheld the promise they had made, 'to make at least one independent film a year', producing 25 more films until her own passing in 2001. The Hubleys' non-traditional techniques, a blend of watercolour, wax crayons, multiple exposures and lighting from beneath the camera, give their films a spontaneous appearance and emphasise their free-form graphic approach. Their vast body of work reflects an intense commitment to political alternatives and a belief in social justice.
1993, 8 mins
Mythic creatures, surreal landscapes and an evocative soundtrack paint a child-like view of a different world based on Australian indigenous art and mythology
Adventures of an *
1956, 10 mins
The tale of a baby represented by the "*" symbol who enjoys the visual excitement of the world. As he grows, his appreciation dwindles. Then, as his child grows, the flame rekindles.
1963, 18 mins
An improvised dialogue takes place between Dizzy Gillespie and Dudley Moore who portray two soldiers patrolling the border between their countries. While one accidentally drops his helmet over the line, the other refuses to give it back, setting the scene for a witty exploration of world peace and law.
Time of the Angels
1987, 10 mins
The result of Faith Hubley's interpretation of three Latin American poems in symbolic animation. Each is spoken both in Spanish and English and integrated into a musical score.
1967, 10 mins
John and Faith's young daughters present a child's view of love, death and marriage.
Tall Time Tales
1992, 8 mins
Blends symbolic imagery, surrealist landscapes and an evocative soundtrack, turning our sense of rhythm and reality upside down.
Northern Ice, Golden Sun
2001, 6 mins
Faith Hubley's final work, a lyrical visual poem to environmentalism that conveys the Inuit's deep attachment to the land and their remarkable ability to adapt to the natural world.
(total running time 80 mins)