The Curtains Of Zagra
(2014, 5’15”, hand-drawn animation in Flash, HD)
A hero with a thousand faces seeks the Moustache of Destiny.
A horseman sets off on a quest one morning and is diverted into the Underworld. Here he retrieves a magical moustache which affords him magical powers, such as flight and invulnerability. Finally returning home, he uses the moustache to slay his nemesis and restore the moustache to its rightful owner.
This comically Surreal film contains visual references to the stories of Odysseus, The Wandering Knight, The Man With No Name, Don Quixote, Icarus and Pegasus and the paintings of Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Sydney Nolan, Paul Nash and Rene Magritte. Thematically it is inspired by the ideas of Joseph Campbell and Carl Gustav Jung on mythology and the identity of the hero.
The title is taken from a place in Spain where the locals use curtains instead of doors, which was also the location of many Spaghetti Westerns.
Song composed by Mikey Georgeson
Bang Awards, Torres Vedras, Portugal, 26th September – 2nd October 2016
The Grey Curtains Of Zagra
Earlier this year I also produced a black and white version of the film.
Tilting at wind-turbines.