Still from 'Symphony In Sweeatch' (2021)
Symphony In Sweeatch (2021)

ACMI & Melbourne International Animation Festival present

Symphony In Sweeatch: The Crazed Other-World of Dax Norman

Unclassified (18+)
Film program


General Admission




ACMI Member



28 Oct –2 Nov 2021

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Dax Norman clearly has Picasso and Dali trapped in his imagination – and it looks like they’re both fighting hard to get out.

Nothing will prepare you for an immersion into the hyper-animated world of Dax Norman. The approaches and rushes past as a kind of tumbling, mutating surrealist caravan being chased by a predator just off the screen. This is not a parade of animated imagery that screams meaning – it just screams… and that’s enough!

Dax Norman’s work is not something that you experience so much as something you let happen to you. The roiling, ceaselessly morphing psychedelic imagery should be exhausting but it’s just the opposite – inspiring, beautiful, bursting with ideas and colourful beyond description. At heart, it’s an explosive expression of the pure, simply raw power of what makes animation different from every other artform.

Short films

MIAF 15 Trailer
Dax Norman
USA, 1 mins, 2015

Heartbeat Walkin'
Dax Norman
USA, 3 mins, 2021

Symphony In Sweeatch
Dax Norman
USA, 44 mins, 2021

Format: DCP
Runtime: 70

Event duration

70 mins


Unclassified (18+)


Cinema 2, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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