An exhibition of stills and miniature sets from a new Australian animation starring Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Barry Otto will open at the former Paramount Pictures Building on Thursday 7th June.
Directed by Simon Rippingale and produced by Pauline Piper, the film is a dark, funny fable by writer Erica Harrison about a girl born with a tail who stands up to bullies to embrace her difference.
Following the Oscar success of Australian animated shorts like The Lost Thing and Harvie Krumpet, A Cautionary Tail will make its debut at international festivals this year. Animated by a world-class team from Happy Feet Two and featuring an original score by Michael Yezerski, composer for The Lost Thing, the film uses a striking combination of 3D animated characters and beautiful hand-made miniature sets.
Curated by Joseph Allen Shea, the exhibition features stills and miniature sets from the film. These will be auctioned on the night, with 10 per cent of proceeds donated to Headspace, Australia's National Youth Mental Health Foundation, an organisation that supports young people develop resilience against bullying.
The film is also being funded with assistance from the crowdsourced funding site Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/513958374/a-cautionary-tail-0), attracting significant support from the international community.
Screen NSW has described the film as “a beautifully tuned parable for children about embracing your uniqueness that will attract a share of adult audiences too, thanks to its imaginative conceit and wittily-parsed narration – in rhyming verse no less! A tale with a message about self-acceptance versus conformity that, with its zesty and poignant tone and imagery, seems perfectly pitched to its audience.”
The film is a collaboration with the Sydney post production company, Heckler.
What: A Cautionary Tail Pop-up Exhibition
When: 6pm Thursday 7th June 2012
Where: Former Paramount Pictures Building, 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills, NSW
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