In many ways, the story of contemporary Australian animation began at Swinburne University in the 1960s. Emerging as an off-shoot of their film department, Swinburne developed the first formal tertiary animation course in the country. Under the inspired leadership of John Bird, this initial course gifted us a generation of Australian animators that built an animating culture that saw animation as a vocation and an artform they could spend their lives perfecting. That Swinburne course was also the foundation for courses that would develop at the VCA and RMIT.
The story – and the films – of those early Swinburne years is a large and important one. Bringing all of those elements together is something MIAF plans to spend the next year (at least) doing. But that journey starts HERE with an informal presentation by David Atkinson who began his career at Swinburne and was there from Day One. David’s passion for the course, the people and the films is infectious and a pivotal part of telling the story.
A special invitation is extended to anybody who is a part of this history. We would love to meet you and hear about your experiences at Swinburne.