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Animated Visions: émigré film-makers in 1940s Britain

26 October 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Virtual Event

Still from River of Steel, directed by Peter Sachs

This session focuses on the distinctive work of German-born film animator and art director Peter Sachs (1912–1990) and the animation shorts of Cologne-born Peter Strausfeld (1910–1980), the latter directed and produced by the Austrian-born film-maker and manager of the pioneering Academy Cinema George Michael Hoellering (1897–1980).

Refugees from Nazi Europe, they first met as internees on the Isle of Man. After their release, each survived chiefly through animation shorts commissioned through the Ministry of Information who recognized the potential of animation for engaging UK audiences during the war years and after. We will explore their work and long-lasting contribution to animation and the wider world of British cinema.

Professor Fran Lloyd (Kingston School of Art) will be in conversation with Jez Stewart, Curator (Animation) at the BFI National Archive, British Film Institute.

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United Kingdom


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