Persuasive, illustrative and able to get over abstract details in attractive and compelling ways, animation is the perfect tool to document someone’s vision of the truth. These films – a selection of stylish and compelling short documentaries contain beautifully realised sequences and some of the most provocative images of LIAF 2015.
Join us after the screening for a Q&A with Emma Calder and Richard Wright (Everyone is Waiting for Something to Happen) and Martin Pickles (Ode to Joy and What is Animation?)
At Barbican book tickets
Everyone is waiting for something to happen. (Emma Calder, UK)
Prior to being diagnosed with bowel cancer Richard Wright, an artist/animator, had a social media persona that was characterised by annoying and anarchic humour. This is his story.
The Beast Inside (Drew Christie, USA)
A homeless teenager describes his challenges and celebrates the triumph of his creative self.
Baba (Joel Kefali, New Zealand)
A migrant reflects on the bad books, sausage rolls, social dance etiquette and the angst about capital punishment that he found when he arrived in his new home all those years ago
Food (Siqi Song, China/USA)
If food could talk about their own food choices this is what they would say.
Me and My Moulton (Torill Kove, Canada/Norway)
Ode to Joy (Martin Pickles, UK)
A short introduction to the life and work of animator Joy Batchelor on the hundredth anniversary of her birth, a crucial figure in British animation.
A Portrait (Aristotelis Maragkos, Greece)
A line drawing elegantly describes the filmmakers grandfather’s life and death.
Psychedelic Blues (Drew Christie, USA)
“I got my psychedelic feet and my psychedelic shoes, I believe Lord O’Mama I got the psychedelic blues” – the story of how the freak folk band Holy Modal Rounders first got together.
Last Words (Yuwen Xue, UK)
A moving portrait of several terminal patients’ last words in a hospice.
Arlene (Farouq Suleiman, UK)
Arlene Garrison collapsed with a brain tumour in London 2006. Following an operation to remove it, Arlene woke up to a very different world.
What is Animation? (Martin Pickles, UK)
Veteran British animator Bob Godfrey answers the question “What Is Animation?” in his typically witty, iconoclastic and insightful way.
Hora (Yoav Brill, Israel)
The habit of hand-holding among gay and straight men in downtown Tel Aviv.
Table d’hote (Alexandra Levasseur, Canada)
A subtle & brutal indictment of meat production/consumption is explored in an unconventionally abstract approach to documentary.
Still Born (Asa Sandzen, Sweden)
Django’s Hand (Drew Christie, USA)
The story of Django Reinhardt, the inventor of gypsy jazz.