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11:00AM - 28th Oct 2018

Lee Whitmore is one of Australia’s leading animation filmmakers and will be in conversation on stage with Glenys Rowe talking about her work and presenting a selection of her films. While Lee Whitmore has contributed animation sequences to many feature films, shorts and documentaries, she also made five short personal works which we will be celebrating at CIFF this year. These five films are linked through their depiction of intimate moments of family life and childhood, and the nostalgic mood of yearning they evoke. The films use a variety of techniques, 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. All of these personal films have been honoured at festivals nationally and internationally, have variously been released in cinemas and broadcast on television.

“Lee Whitmore’s animated films are masterpieces in miniature, exploring and archiving private memories of families and childhood. They are rich in nostalgia and gentle humour, imbued with a strong humanist respect for the characters, and executed with an extraordinary vitality of colour, line and movement. They are so intensely personal and honest that few other animators can come close to their depiction of a private world.” – Andrew Pike



Lee Whitmore

Writer, Director, Animator Lee is a Sydney based artist. She worked as a Graphic Designer on NEWSFRONT (1978) directed by Phillip Noyce, and Production Designer on feature films: STIR (1979) directed by Stephen Wallace, and THE WINTER OF OUR DREAMS (1980) directed by John Duigan. Lee was nominated for an Australian Film Institute award for her work on both films. In 1984 Lee made the animated film, NED WETHERED (11 mins). This won many local awards and was invited to 22 festivals around the world. ON A FULL MOON (17 mins) was a prize winner at Annecy, France (1997) and Hiroshima (1998). ADA (7 mins) was made for SBS Television in 2002. THE SAFE HOUSE (26 mins) was made for SBS Independent in 2006.  This won the Yoram Gross Award for Best Animation, Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Teachers of Media, ATOM Award 2006. Lee created animated sequences for feature films: BREATHING UNDER WATER (1990) and LOOKING FOR ALIBRANDI (2000), and for TV shows LIFT OFF (1991), PLAY SCHOOL (2001) and WESTALL’66 (2010). 2016 Lee self published the graphic novel, ADA LOUISE, A LIFE IMAGINED. 2018 Lee launched her new animation, SOHRAB AND RUSTUM (14mins).


Glenys Rowe is a film enthusiast who turned her favourite pastime into a career.  She has produced Australian feature films and documentaries (DOGS IN SPACE, IDIOT BOX), commissioned new forms of network television as General Manager of SBS Independent, and also worked in advertising and loved it.  She is currently CEO of the independent audio book label, FinePoets.  She was a Founding Member of the Friends of the NFSA.