The Australian Cinémathèque presents the works of celebrated Czech animators Hermína Týrlová, Jiří Trnka and Karel Zeman. Known as the first lady of Czech animation, Hermína Týrlová’s playful use of mixed media from wood to bakery products won her awards at prominent international film festivals.
Jiří Trnka’s stop motion puppet animations rivalled Walt Disney in both output and international acclaim, earning him the title the ‘Disney of the East’. Karel Zeman took animation to new poetic heights, interweaving animation techniques with live-action filmmaking.
All three overcame the constraints of postwar politics to create extraordinary works which still inform the work of filmmakers like Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton and Wes Anderson.
Golden Age of Czech Animation
07 – 30 September 2018