The Animated World of Halas and Batchelor
English documentary, colour, 2019, dir: Richard Shaw, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian, 51'
Directed by Richard Shaw
Director of photography: Antony Morris
Music by David Brennan
Cast: Andy Serkis, Peter Lord, Emma Calder, Vera Linnecar
Production: Unity House Productions
John and Joy, a Jewish immigrant from Hungary and a working class woman from Watford, fell in love and started to draw. Their works contributed to Britain’s victory in the Second World War and they made the first feature-length animation in British film history, Animal Farm. This is the fascinating story of the world-famous animation couple John Halas and Joy Batchelor.
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