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LIAF 2017: Opening Night Gala – The Absurdist Narratives of David OReilly + Q&A (15)

December 1, 2017
6:30 pm

Come and celebrate the opening of LIAF 2017 with a very special event – an evening with Irish-born and Los Angeles-based independent animator David OReilly, one of the most adventurous, innovative and perverse filmmakers working today. Famous for stripping down 3D graphics to the point of absurdity, his animated films have garnered over 80 awards at film festivals worldwide. Having recently stormed the world of game development and interactive art, OReilly’s work awes in its defiance of traditional forms and aesthetic conventions.

OReilly directed Alien Child, the unforgettably funny and touching animated video game in Spike Jonze’s Her (2013), as well as live visuals for M.I.A. (2009) and the U2 animated music video I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight (2009). He was also the first guest director in Cartoon Network’s 20-year history, creating the Adventure Time episode A Glitch Is a Glitch.

A mesmerizing storyteller with a gift for open-ended, absurdist narratives OReilly is resolutely independent, moving freely among television network, feature film, and music video commissions; metaphysical, otherworldly video games and interactive projects that question ideas of the self and the nature of role-playing.

For this very special LIAF 2017 event, OReilly will discuss the many facets of his award-winning career in animation and graphic design, and screen some of his most celebrated films and interactive projects.

The Gala Screening has become a festival favourite – numbers are strictly limited. Book early to avoid heartbreak!

At Barbican book tickets

WOFL 2106 (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

WOFL 2106, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA wolf finds it’s dead mother.

3min, 2006

RGB XYZ (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

RGB XYZ, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA boy finds adventure in the big city.

12min, 2007

Octocat Adventure (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Octocat Adventure, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalOctocat searches for his parents.

5min, 2008

Please Say Something (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Please Say Something, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalWinner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlinale, 2009.

A troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future.

10min, 2009

Black Lake (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Black Lake, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalIn collaboration with Jon Klassen, a lovely, looping, electric sheep dream.

2min, 2010

Story of Genki??? (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Story of Genki???, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalThe creation and evolution of a fantastical super being and its rapid journey.

1min, 2011

The External World (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

The External World, David O'Reilly, LIAF, London International Animation festivalWinner of more than 40 awards in festivals worldwide.

A boy learns to play the piano.

17min, 2011

Heaven’s Countryland Parts 1,2,4 and 7 (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Heaven’s Countryland, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalMade for Adult Swim, 4 short North Korean infomercials detailing the biography of Kim Jong Un.

3min, 2014

Her – Alien Child/Hologram sequences (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Her - Alien Child/Hologram sequences, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalCreated for the Spike Jonze feature film Her, nominated for 5 Academy Awards.

A foul-mouthed alien child guides players through holographic tunnels while hilariously insulting the player.

3min, 2014

Everything (David OReilly, Ireland/USA)

Everything, David OReilly, LIAF, London International Animation FestivalA simulation of the systems of nature seen from the points of view of everything in the Universe. Narrated by British philosopher Alan Watts.

11min, 2017