London based animation director Jonathan Hodgson has been making award winning animated films since the early 1980s and is probably best known for his BAFTA winning adaptation of Charles Bukowski’s poem ‘The Man with the Beautiful Eyes’. As well as making short films he has made a name for himself as a commercials director and has explored almost every technique of animation from pencil to stop frame to CGI – his films being diverse in style with serious and thought provoking subject matter.
Much of the content in his work is drawn directly from personal experience and from watching and commenting on the world around him. In recent years he has worked increasingly in the area of documentary animation.
LIAF is very proud to present an evening with Jonathan Hodgson focusing specifically on his documentary work where he will present highlights from his early sketchbook based animation to his documentary feature work and including an onstage Q&A after the screening.
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Rug (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
The relationship between a Persian rug and a cat.
What Comes After Religion (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
The debate between believers and atheists usually goes nowhere. The real issue is: what should fill the gaps created by the end of widespread belief?
Guantamano Bay: The Hunger Strikes (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
The daily brutality of life inside Guantamano Bay, the US detention camp in Cuba.
The Banana Massacre (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
A depiction of the mass killing that occurred in 1928 in Colombia when innocent people went on strike for better working conditions.
Mostafaei: End the Death Penalty (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
The extraordinary story of Mohammad Mostafaei who has saved 20 of the 40 juveniles he has defended from execution in Iran.
Wonderland: The Trouble with Love and Sex (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
Inside the counselling rooms of Relate, as clients wrestle with champagne soaked fantasies and impotence, with dark family secrets and shocking confessions of infidelity. Can Relate counselling help any of them?
The Age of Stupid: War for Resources (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
The history of wars fought over resources from prehistory to the present day. A sequence from ‘The Age of Stupid’, Franny Armstrong’s feature length documentary about climate change.
Forest Murmurs (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
An animated exploration of Epping Forest’s sinister past sparks off a journey into the dark side of the filmmaker’s mind.
Camouflage (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
A sensitive depiction of the experience of children growing up with schizophrenic parents.
Feeling My Way (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
A journey from home to work as seen through the filter of the conscious and subconscious mind.
Nightclub (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
An observation of human behaviour in a social situation, hinting at the loneliness felt by the individual lost in the crowd.
Dogs (Jonathan Hodgson, UK)
A man takes his dog for a walk in the park where they encounter other dogs and their owners. The film explores the relationship between a man and his dog highlighting their contrasting approaches to life.
Abductees (Paul Vester, UK)
Sublime and terrifying depictions of alien abductions, narrated by hypnotised, memory-recovering abductees. Directed by Paul Vester and animated by 17 animators including Jonathan Hodgson.