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
Sound Recordist: Mike Wyeld
Sound design by Tom Lowe
Picture grade by Graham Skene
Original music by Tanera Dawkins
Directed and edited by Martin Pickles
Produced by Vivien Halas
A Halas & Batchelor Production 2014
NFT2, BFI Southbank, London, as an accompanying short with Ruddigore, 25th June 2018
Stanley’s Film Club, South Norwood, London as an accompanying short with Loving Vincent, 22nd November 2017 London International Animation Festival, Barbican, London, 9th December 2015
Cinecity Brighton Film Festival, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton: 6th December 2014
Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford: 19th November 2014
Hungarian Cultural Centre, London: 1st October 2014
Spotlights at Whirlygig Cinema, Hackney Attic, London: 6th August 2014
CAKE at Edgehill University: 16th July 2014
Women In Animation Conference, Poznan: 13th July 2014
London Animation Club, Fitzrovia, London: 6th May 2014
Birds’ Eye View Film Festival, Barbican Cinema 2, London: 13th April 2014
Available on the Halas & Batchelor Short Film Collection DVD and BluRay published by Network, 2015.