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UK Premiere of Phil Mulloy’s The Pain and The Pity

The Pain and The Pity, Phil Mulloy, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe third – and presumably final – instalment in the mercurial ‘Christies’ animated features by the equally mercurial bad boy of British animation, Phil Mulloy.

Mister Christie and the others return for one last time to try and work out exactly who they are. A serial killer is loose deep under the streets of London. Raw, roughly hewn images knitted together with a unique system of The Pain and The Pity, Phil Mulloy, LIAF, London International Animation Festivalnarrative structuring, bashed into existence using the tools and resources of our age and plastered onto the big screen with the customary ‘take it or leave it’ Mulloy energy.
The Pain and The Pity, Phil Mulloy, LIAF, London International Animation Festival
“If Disney is animation’s heart, then British animator Phil Mulloy is its bowels. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Very, very far from the colourful cartoony world of bunny rabbits, cuddly ogres, and other assorted sexless wide-eyed moral crusaders who make the world safer and linear for us, are Phil Mulloy’s deceptively crude and intentionally primitive animation films.”

Chris Robinson
Director, Ottawa International Animation Festival.

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Director Biography

Phil Mulloy worked as a writer and director of live-action films until the late 1980s before becoming an animator. His animations often portray the dark side of human nature and contemporary social, political, and religious values in a humorous and at times, shocking way. His visual style is distinctive in its use of primitive, often skeletal figures and minimalist backgrounds. Mulloy has made over 30 animated shorts and 4 features and has won many international awards for his work.