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Batchelor Party: the Animated World of Joy Batchelor

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

Dir. Joy Batchelor • UK • Animation • Cert 12A • 225 mins

This International Women’s Day we bring you an evening of cocktails, music, film, and discussion with leading women animators working today.

Joy Batchelor

Joy Batchelor (1914 - 1991) was an English animator and one half of Halas & Batchelor Cartoon Films, Britain’s most influential animation studio of the 20th century.

Often the unseen driving force behind the studio’s output, Joy wrote and co-wrote hundreds of scripts, commercials, propaganda, educational and entertainment films across a period spanning over 40 years, including Animal Farm (1954), Britain’s first animated feature film.

Despite being one of the most influential animators on the 20th century, Joy Batchelor’s work is often under-recognised, with her partner John Halas receiving the majority of the credit.

Batchelor Party!

Join us from 6.30pm for a live DJ set from Sisters of Reggae, before watching a curated selection of Joy’s work, including her most notable film, Animal Farm (1954).

Panel Discussion

Our panel includes a fantastic line-up of animators and archivists including:

Vivien Halas, Director of The Halas & Batchelor Collection.

Gemma Burditt, moving image artist

Ruth Ducker, director & animator, ROOBOT

Emma Calder, animation director, Pearly Oyster Productions

Chaired by Jez Stewart, curator at the BFI National Archive’s animation collection.


Doors/cocktails/live DJ set by Sisters of Reggae...6.30pm

Introduction by Vivien Halas....7.15pm

Short films....7.30pm

Panel discussion...8.30pm

Animal Farm....9.30pm

In partnership with Vivien Halas and is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Women’s Histories.

This event is part of our Visionary Women season, a series of films celebrating Women’s History Month dedicated to showcasing womanhood from across the globe.


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