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Written & Directed by Liz Crow
3 minute animation drama 2007
With audio description and captions
When five-year old Nell yearns for trainers which flash, imagination proves a powerful thing.
Illumination is a heart-warming story for children and adults, capturing a child’s view of the world. This is a tale about a child’s belonging, a parent’s resistance to marketing, and the power to imagine a solution for yourself – sometimes in the most unexpected of ways.
Combining animated photographic stills and digitally created backdrops, Illumination has a strongly defined look. Influenced by children’s book illustration, yet with digital images of real people rooting the film in the everyday, Illumination is a story that sits at the interface of reality and imagination.
Illumination was commissioned by UK Film Council’s Digital Shorts scheme in association with South West Screen.
Liberty Festival, London
Open Air Cinema, Bristol
Cinekid Screening Club, Amsterdam
Animate the World, London Barbican
Sefton Park School, Bristol
Big Screens in 19 UK cities
Nell played by – Maia Tamraker
Mother played by – Kiren Jogi
Roaring Girl Productions in association with Suscito
“A wonderful piece of cinema; a well told and moving story and a visual feast to boot.”
“A lovely story, elegantly told with a really effective and innovative combination of photos, graphics and drawing.”
“A delightful film that can be understood on many levels from a simple tale of a little girl’s heartfelt wish to a wry comment on consumerism that many a parent will appreciate. This is a beautifully and imaginatively constructed film suitable for children (and adults) of all ages."
“This short film enlightens and highlights the importance of a child’s imagination. We forget that imagination and dreams will take you beyond possessions. Recommended.”
Even in animation, you seem to excel! There too, the images speak! Well done!