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Hand - Drawn Histories: The Films of Lee Whitmore

Whitmore, Lee; Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
While Lee Whitmore has contributed animation sequences to many feature films, shorts and documentaries, it is her body of four short personal works that are her most unique and original work. The four films are linked through the intimate moments of family life that they depict, the memories they record, and the nostalgic mood of yearning they evoke. The first, NED WETHERED (1984) records the filmmaker's memory of her childhood and a visitor who often called on the family. The minutiae of suburban lives is poignantly detailed. ON A FULL MOON (1997) and ADA (2002) are further sensitive explorations through memory of childhood and family. Lee's most ambitious work, THE SAFE HOUSE (2006) touches tangentially on a major Australian headline news story in 1954, the defection of Vladimir Petrov and his wife Evdokia - but again sees these events through the gaze of children who cannot comprehend the significance of what they are seeing. These four films use a variety of technical styles, but all are united in a free-flowing, loosely drawn style that is Lee Whitmore's signature. Traces of Jacques Tati and Yasujiro Ozu can be readily identified in her work, but her whimsical humour, and quiet attention to detail and small gestures are distinctly her own.
Release Date
2011
Language
In English
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  • Title from title frames.
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Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by Ronin Films in 2011.
Publisher no.
1091627 Kanopy
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