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Visability Film Club - October: Animation

Introducing the 1st ever edition of the Visability Film Club, an absolute must for seasoned cinephiles and Sunday sofa streamers alike.

Each month we'll be bringing you viewing recommendations, interviews, behind the scenes featurettes, and further reading, revolving around a different genre.

There'll be recurring subsections, such as our 'Main Event' (the one you simply must see), 'The Hug' (for those who may need a light-heart introduction to a new genre) 'The Challenger' (not for the feint hearted - for those seeking something off the beaten track), and 'Short n Sweet' (short films). We'll also strive to make sure that the films are available to watch without too much fuss someplace on the internet - hopefully some of them even for free.

So without further ado, here goes....

'The Main Event' - Mary and Max (2009)

This Australian stop-motion flick is both bitter-sweet and unrelentingly funny. Premiering at Sundance, the film follows intercontinental penpals Mary and Max across two decades, with performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, and Eric Bana. It's gorgeously moving soundtrack (featuring 'Penguin Cafe Orchestra'), pitch-perfect narration, and director, Adam Elliot's signature 'Chunky-Wonky characters', make this a real must for any animation nut. Its portrayal of Aspergers is detailed and complex, presenting a character who faces enormous personal challenges as a result of their neurodiversity, but who is also steadfastly 'happy being an Aspie'.

Currently available on Amazon Prime

Further Material:

  • Screen Daily review:


  • Exploring an Autism Condition in Mary and Max article:


  • The Making of Mary and Max with Adam Elliot video:


'The Hug' - Into the Spiderverse (2018)

Penned by the The Lego Movie's Phil Lord, 'Into the Spiderverse' is a romp of witty dialogue, refreshing takes on previously stale characters, and outrageously beautiful animation. Super-hero films may not be your bag, but we would implore you, none the less, to allow this to be the exception that proves that rule. Its animation style is glorious, paying loving homage to its comic book forebears. Frankly, this film had no right to be as good as it is, so find the biggest and best TV you can, and watch it. Now. Like really, right now, it's a Sunday, it'll be perfect.

Lovingly chosen for you by new VFF recruit, Josh Baldwin. Fine choice, Josh.

Currently available on....sorry lads, might have to be a dodgy stream for this one.

Further Material:
  • Director Q&A with Ava Duverny


  • Mark Kermode Review


  • The Verge Review


'The Challenger' - Angel's Egg (1985)

Angel's Egg...what to say, what to say...

Beautiful, but at times completely indecipherable, this really is the most comforting nightmare you'll ever be lucky enough to wake up from. Director Mamoru Oshii, cited Soviet master, Andrei Tarkovsky, amongst his inspirations for the film, before going on to change anime forever with his seminal 1995 film, 'Ghost in the Shell'. Drop us an e-mail those of you brave enough to view this spectre, we'd love to hear your take!

Currently available on Youtube:

Angel's Egg (1985) english subtitle

Further Material
  • Opinion piece


'Short n Sweet' - Hedgehog in the Fog (1975)

Lovingly crafted by 'The Golden Snail', Juri Norstein, this film routinely tops polls for the greatest animated film of all time. We won't bother saying more.

Currently available on Youtube

Hedgehog in the Fog - Yuri Norstein 1975 - Eng subs

Further Material:

  • 100 Greatest Animated Shorts


  • Sophia Pruett Film Analysis


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