A gang of kids find a strange house with an overgrown garden where they play. Only once do they meet the man who lives there, a dead-beat alcoholic with a free and easy spirit who welcomes them. The children see him as a romantic character in stark contrast to their neurotically house proud parents.
A collaboration between Animator Jonathan Hodgson and Illustrator Jonny Hannah.
Director: Jonathan Hodgson
Producer: Jonathan Bairstow
Designer: Jonny Hannah
Poem: Charles Bukowski
Sound: Jonathan Hodgson
Voices: Peter Blegvad, Louis Schendler
Production Company: Sherbet
A film by Atsushi Wada
Colour design Misa Amako
Sound design Masumi Takino
Music Miki Sakurai
Voices Yoshimi Tajima and Luiz Kruszielski
Produced by Abigail Addison
Mastering by VET
An Animate Projects production for Channel 4
We try to enrich ourselves through prayer, faith and devotion to someone or something ‘other’. Similarly, we believe in the existence of ‘anomalies’, such as unknowable and uncontrollable monsters. But can such beliefs advance us?
This film is based on a rakugo (落語, a traditional Japanese verbal performance) story and is narrated by Kunimoto Takeharu (国本武春), a quite creative Japanese shamisen player and rokyoku (浪曲, a genre of traditional Japanese narrative singing, it's generally accompanied by a shamisen) singer of the time.
Curtocircuito, Santiago de Compostela '12 - Winner Best International Animation
Los Angeles Film Festival '12 - Winner, Best Experimental Short
Melbourne International Film Festival '12 - Winner, Best Animation Short
Budapest Short Film Festival '12 - Winner, Best Animation
Alphaville Film Festival '12 - Winner, Alpha-ville Future of Moving Image Award
Raindance Film Festival '12 - Winner, Best UK Short
Leeds International Film Festival '12 - Winner, World Animation Award
Interfilm Festival '12, Berlin, Germany - Winner, Best Animation
Couch Fest 2012 - Winner, Gold Couch Award