Ode To Joy
(2014, 3’55”, PAL Quicktime)
An introduction to the life and work of Joy Batchelor on the hundredth anniversary of her birth.
Joy was a director, animator, producer and designer and one half of the Halas & Batchelor Cartoons Studio, which made the UK’s first animated feature film, Animal Farm, in 1954. Although a crucial figure in British animation, she has for years been unfairly passed over for recognition.
This short film made in her honour seeks to redress that balance and to introduce Joy’s work to a wider audience. The film was produced by her daughter, Vivien Halas.
Narrated by Zoe Wanamaker
London International Short Film Festival, Barbican, London, 9th December 2015
Cinecity Brighton Film Festival, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton: 6th December 2014