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LIAF 2015: Chris Shepherd, Joe and Becky + Q&A + Late Night Bizarre!

December 13, 2015
7:30 pm

Brace yourself – One ticket gets you into this UK Animator spectacular AND the ever-popular LIAF classic programme and Horse Hospital staple: Late Night Bizarre!

Join us for the culmination of LIAF 2015. We plan to send the festival off in style with 3 very special guests who will be with us onstage to tell their own inimitable stories. In their own ways Chris Shepherd and Joe and Becky have been producing amazing, scary, confounding and hilarious short animated films throughout the 2000’s. How the hell did they get to make those films? And where do the ideas come from? Come along to the Horse Hospital and maybe you’ll find out.

Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling met at Kingston University and have made music videos for Tame Impala, Delicate Steve and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, designed window displays for Selfridges and produced the 5 part online internet-sensation series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

Chris Shepherd is one of the most cherished names in the UK independent animation scene and a frequent contributor to LIAF. His work fuses comedy with commentary on the darker side of human nature and he has made numerous award-winning short films that have screened to universal acclaim around the world. 2015 has seen Chris make 3 music clips for HeCTA and Reverend and the Makers, all screening here tonight.

Chris, Becky and Joe will take part in an informal onstage chat with LIAF Director Nag Vladermersky as well as screen some of their eclectic body of work.

And to cap the evening off we’ll be screening the perennial LIAF favourite – our collection of the weirdest films submitted to LIAF 2015 –the Late Night Bizarre collection. Expect Andy Warhol, death and lust, exploding balloon people, dead cats, alcoholic centaurs and the most terrifying ambulance ride you have ever been on. Find out more here

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Becky and Joe

Becky and Joe, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHaving met at Kingston University, Becky Sloan and Joseph Pelling started the THIS IS IT collective with some friends, which allowed them to work on a variety of projects and hone their talents as animators. They’ve made music videos for Tame Impala, Delicate Steve and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, designed window displays for Selfridges, and made some of the strangest short films we’ve ever had the pleasure to screen at LIAF, in particular the 5-part Kickstarter funded series Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared. Each episode is made to appear like a typical children’s television programme, consisting of singing and talking puppets similar to those of Sesame Street but they eventually take a dark turn, usually involving gore.

Delicate Steve – Tallest Heights (Becky and Joe, UK)

Delicate Steve, Tallest Heights, Becky Sloan, Joseph Pelling, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalMade as part of the visionary ‘Hello Again‘ series presented by the Lincoln Motor Company, putting a fresh spin on to something familiar.

2012, 4’05

Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards  (Becky and Joe, UK)

Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, Becky and Joe, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA stunning music clip made from over 1,000 separate plasticine collages all individually hand-produced.

2012, 3’15

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Swim and Sleep (like a shark) (Becky and Joe, UK)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Swim and Sleep (like a shark), Becky and Joe, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalPuppets wrestling with their personal demons. Warning: puppet nudity and masturbation.

2013, 2’45

The Colouring (Joe Pelling & Dan Britt, UK)

The Colouring, Joe Pelling, Dan Britt, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA short scene from Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ (1980) re-made with coloured pencils.

2010, 0’50

The Lost Coin (Joe Pelling & Dan Britt, UK)

The Lost Coin, Joe Pelling, Dan Britt, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA young boy loses his coin and finds himself.

2009, 3’50

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared Parts 1 – 5 (Becky and Joe, UK)

Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared 2 - Time, Becky Sloan, Joseph Pelling, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalHey kiddies – say hello to Red Guy, Yellow Guy, Duck Guy, Tony the Talking Clock, Colin the Computer, Shrignold, Roy, Malcolm, Gilbert the Globe, Fridge, Steak, Can and Bread Boy. NOT your typical childrens’ TV programme.

2011 – 15, 24’35

Chris Shepherd

Chris Shepherd, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalChris Shepherd is one of the most cherished names in the UK independent animation scene and a frequent contributor to LIAF. His work fuses comedy with commentary on the darker side of human nature and he has made numerous award-winning short films that have screened to universal acclaim around the world. 2015 has seen Chris make 3 collaborative music clips for HeCTA and Reverend and the Makers. This screening focuses on a mix of his music clips and his celebrated comedic short films. 

HeCTA – the Concept (Chris Shepherd & James Newport, UK)

HeCTA - the Concept, Chris Shepherd & James Newport, LIAF, London International AnimationSurreal old-timey animation tells the story about a man who goes through romantic frustrations that turn him into a monster.

2015, 3’40

HeCTA – Sympathy for the Auto Industry (Chris Shepherd & Jez Pennington, UK)

HeCTA - Sympathy for the Auto Industry, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA sullen boy runs away from his grumpy father, wanders into a rubbish tip and discovers that everything he touches turns into colourful, prismatic vegetation.

2015, 5’15

Reverend and the Makers – Makin’ Babies (Chris Shepherd & Jocie Jurtiz, UK)

Reverend and the Makers - Makin' Babies, Chris Shepherd, Jocie Jurtiz, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalBright ‘n easy, with heart-tugging melodies and strings and a romantic video guaranteed to raise a smile.

2015, 2’00

Black Casino and the Ghost – Falling into Pieces (Chris Shepherd, UK)

Black Casino and the Ghost - Falling into Pieces, Chris Shepherd, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA full-frontal assault on the senses. A lively, textural, photo-montage/collage.

2011, 2’45

Who I Am And What I Want (Chris Shepherd & David Shrigley, UK)

Who I Am And What I Want, Chris Shepherd, David Shrigley, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe story of a man who bares his emotions, history, hang ups and desires in all of their dysfunctional absurdity, leaving us to assemble not only his identity but to question our own.

2005, 7’30

Big Train – the 43rd World Stareout Championship Finals (Chris Shepherd, UK)

Big Train - the 43rd World Stareout Championship Finals, Chris Shepherd, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe grand final of the World Stareout Championships between the Italian Alessandro Kampagnola and the Polish Sigmund ‘Siggy’ Spatsky.

1998, 4’20