LIAF is very proud to present the British premiere of festival favourite Don Hertzfeldt’s debut feature film ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day’ with a special support programme of short films by five maverick American animators and a Canadian scratch master. You can read more about Don Hertzfeldt here.
‘The Curse of the Voodoo Child’ (Steven Woloshen, 2005)
A scratch animation mash-up between a 1957 Hammer horror flick with Peter Cushing and a seminal scorcher from Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Electric Ladyland’.
‘Son of Satan’ (JJ Villard, 2005)
Music by Iggy Pop and Beethoven, story by Charles Bukowski – a raw, urgent punk scream against the pain of abuse, bullying and the cyclical nature of violence.
‘The Yellow Bird’ (Tom Schroeder, 2009)
A young rancher accidentally shoots himself while his fellow workers attend to the fences. Leaking blood and moving between memory and fantasy, key moments are brought vividly to life – childhood accidents, boyhood sport, hunting for bounties, young love, elopement and intending fatherhood.
‘Malice in Wonderland’ (Vince Collins, 1982)
A jet-propelled white rabbit flies through the vulva of a supine woman into a wonderland where people and objects turn inside out, changing shapes and identities at warp speed. One of the all-time psychedelic cult classics – a mutoid masterpiece that distills the Lewis Carroll narrative into 4 and a half twisted minutes.
‘In the Woods’ (Paul Vester, 2008)
Overlapping time capsules – American language in the Bush years.
‘Chestnuts Icelolly’ (JJ Villard, 2004)
An evil man has made an invention that will make him filthy rich. All he needs is someone to try it out on. An ugly and bullied little boy named Rye, with an unwholesome attachment to ice lollies, is targeted.
‘Superjail’ (pilot episode) (Aaron Augenblick, 2007)
Welcome to Superjail, an ultra-violent prison complex run by a mad Willy Wonka-esque warden channelling some kind of warped combo of Fred Astaire on speed and a wild-eyed Year 4 school teacher.
‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day’ (Don Hertzfeldt, 2012)
Cult animator and Academy Award nominee Don Hertzfeldt has combined his three short films about a troubled man named Bill – ‘Everything will be OK’ (2006), ‘I Am So Proud of You’ (2008) and ‘It’s Such a Beautiful Day’ (2011) – into one seamless, beautiful, darkly comedic new feature film.