very excited to be involved in an important part of Australian
animation history - and you can be too!
In MIAF’s 13-year history, this
is absolutely the most exciting thing we’ve been able to
pull off. Hands down!
The Grendel Fund is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity
to raise funds to ensure the digital preservation of Alex Stitt’s
groundbreaking animated feature ‘Grendel Grendel Grendel’
We've just completed a very successful crowdfunding
project through Pozible (a monstrous thanks to our amazing supporters!)
and now we're getting extremely excited about two very special
screenings during the 2013 festival.
'Abra Cadabra' in 3D! Thu
27 June, 6.30pm
The very first 3D stereoscopic animated feature
film ever made. Based loosely on the Pied Piper tale and with
voices provided by John Farnham and Jacki Weaver, it tells the
story of a happy go lucky, overly optimistic young boy –
Abra – as he goes about the very serious business of learning
about his world. Made with a particularly unique form of 3D
photography, this film can only be seen properly with ‘Abra-Goggles’
the glasses specifically made for it. Thought long lost, we
have uncovered a trove of these and you get to keep a souvenir
pair of these when you come to the screening.
'Abra Cadabra' print courtesy of the National
Film and Sound Archive of Australia
'Grendel Grendel Grendel'
Sun 30 June, 5.00pm
Drawing from the Beowulf legend, Alex Stitt’s
first feature is a colourful, contagiously engaging gallop through
the Beowulf world as seen from Grendel the monster’s point
of view. Grendel, poor misunderstood monster who’s been
living and dying since the fifth century in countless retellings
of his story, makes his screen debut in this gorgeously crafted
animated feature. Superbly voiced by Peter Ustinov, Grendel
comes to life as a sometimes marauding destroyer, sometimes
inward looking deeply philosophical creature and sometimes gently
tragic character in a world outside of his control and understanding.
Both films will screen
in Cinema 2
ACMI Cinemas, Australian Centre for the Moving Image
$20 CONCESSION >
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$15 RENDER CONFERENCE
& FESTIVAL PASS HOLDERS (You can only purchase your tickets in person at ACMI
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(Please collect your ticket from ACMI Tickets & Information
Alex Stitt is a true pioneering godfather of Australian
animation. His most famous work includes the Slip Slop Slap and
Life: Be In It TV campaigns but he created not one but TWO visually
stunning animated features … ‘Grendel Grendel Grendel’
(1981), and ‘Abra Cadabra’ (1983) which is a unique
form of stereoscopic 3D and just happens to be the very first
3d animated feature to be made – right here in Australia.
Getting Alex to present some of these highlights
at MIAF last year opened an Aladdin’s cave of treasures
we could never have dreamed of – and MIAF13 is where it
all comes together.
Firstly, it unearthed a NEVER SCREENED pristine
35mm print of his groundbreaking first feature 'Grendel Grendel
Grendel'. It became immediately obvious to us that we had to create
a digital copy of this precious icon so it can again be screened
and preserved for all time.
The second thing that emerged from the vapours
of Alex’s MIAF appearance last year was a phone call that
led us to a long-lost stash of the uniquely engineered 3D glasses
required to watch his second feature 'Abra Cadabra' in the format
it was intended to be seen. This film had no public screening
in Australia and this makes its MIAF13 screening (complete with
a souvenir pair of the special glasses called Abragoggles) a not-to-be-missed
experience. With starring voice talents such as John Farnham &
Jacki Weaver, it's a charming comic fantasy inspired by the story
of the Pied Piper.
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