Moving the Image

From: Rob Gawthrop (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Jan 20 2007 - 04:56:47 PST

Moving the Image - a programme of short animated films by women from
the 1950’s to the present day.
Presented by the Women, Arts and Media Project, Hull Film and Hull

Where: Hull Screen | University of Lincoln | George Street | Hull | HU1
When: Friday 26th January 2007 at 2pm and 7.30pm
Entry: £3.50/£3.00 concessions. Available from Hull Screen

“This programme shows the diversity, imagination and range in women’s
animation. Women have always had a presence in animation - many worked
as tracers, painters or designers. Some were pioneers, like Lotte
Reiniger who made painstakingly detailed silhouette animations such as
Snow White Rose Red, (1953). Many are experimental: Caroline Leaf's
film The Street (1976) uses the technique of manipulated ink on a flat
plate of glass, lit from beneath; in Sunset Strip (1996) by Kayla
Parker, over 4500 time-lapse drawings were painted directly onto 35mm
film using materials such as nail varnish, hair, bleach and magnolia
petals. Some are socially aware – Waste Watchers (1996) by Leeds
Animation Workshop (originally a women’s collective). Others are
enjoyable for their wit and imagination - City Paradise (2004) by
Gaelle Denis, (live action, 2D and computer animation).” Jo Millett

Snow White and Rose Red
Lotte Reiniger 16mm, black and white, 14 min (1953)
A mother and her two daughters welcome a bear into their home. The
sisters rescue him from the spell cast by an evil dwarf and he turns
back into a handsome prince. A magical film. Reiniger's animation of
the bear as he becomes part of the household, warming himself by the
fire and winding wool, is really charming.

The Street
Dir. Caroline Leaf 1976 10 min 35mm
This award-winning animation film spares no feelings and minces no
words. In soft simple washes of watercolor and ink, the filmmaker
interprets reactions to a dying grandmother, capturing family feelings
and distilling them into harsh reality.

Sara Petty
  USA, 1982, sound, colour, 3 mins, 16mm
Two cats, on the prowl, animated with fluid movement and shifting
perspective. The elements of movement and balance are as much the
subject as the cats.

Vanda Carter
  1985, sound, B&W, 8 mins, 16mm
In conventional visual symbolic language, light represents good, order,
truth and life. Dark represents evil, chaos and death. The moth in the
film, fighting to escape the light, is a metaphor for personal feelings
which contradict this set of accepted symbolic 'meanings'. The light
bulb and the candle flame are deadly for the moth, darkness is safety
and life.

Sunset Strip
Kayla Parker
UK, 1996, 4 mins, 35mm
A dazzling expression of the visual music revealed by 365 setting suns,
observed across southern Britain from Norfolk in the East to Land's End
in the far South West. Over 4500 time-lapse drawings were painted
directly onto a continuous strip of 35mm film leader using a variety of
materials such as nail varnish, hair, bleach, net stocking and magnolia

Vicky Smith
  UK, 2002, sound, colour, 8 mins, 16mm
It's impossible to look directly at the monster so a shield is used to
study its reflection. Through animated solar stains, fixation explores
family history, witches and the alchemy in spells, chemistry,
psychological and photographic fixations. The discolouration of the
paper becomes the image, brown monochrome shadows.

Waste Watchers Leeds Animation Workshop
1996 - 12 mins 16mm
Founded in 1978 to produce animated films on social issues, the
Yorkshire-based group was set up as a women's collective, and maintains
its commitment to feminist and collectivist principles and to an
'integrated practice' of film production making. Waste Watchers
encourages energy conservation in the home, the school and the

Hooked Vera Neubauer 2001 9 min
Latino life unravelled and re-knitted – animation on location. A woman
journeys through Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Bolivia meeting others who
knit and crochet. They exchange experiences, as do their knitted

Doubled Up Samantha Moore 2004 6 min
A short autobiographical animated film about the chaos that a multiple
pregnancy and birth can bring, and the filmmaker’s bewildered response.

City Paradise Gaelle Denis 2004 35mm 5 mins, 55 secs
London is a big city, and for those new to it, it can sometimes seem
quite scary. But Tomoko, who arrives from Japan to learn English,
accidentally discovers a mysterious, secret city underground, inhabited
by friendly little aliens and beautiful blossoms. After she's found it,
everything changes...

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