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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

For our International Women’s Day celebration we bring you an evening celebrating the work of animator, director and innovator 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.

We’ll begin the evening with a curated programme of Batchelor’s short animations including commercials and public service announcements before a screening of her most notable work, the feature length Animal Farm, followed by a panel discussion with animation and film industry professionals.

Doors open at 6.30pm, with a DJ set by Sisters of Reggae, before the film programme beginning at 7.15pm.

In partnership with Vivien Halas, director of The Halas & Batchelor Collection.

This film 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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