David Reviews

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HOTSPUR & ARGYLE'S CHRIS SHEPHERD HONOURED AT LIA FESTIVAL.

On Friday 2nd December, Hotspur & Argyle director Chris Shepherd is the London International Animation Festival's opening night guest with his eagerly-anticipated film 'Johnno's Dead' taking centre-stage as it receives its world premiere.

At the time of writing there is a slim possibility of getting hold of a ticket so contact Danny Fleet at Hotspur & Argyle if you're interested in finding out more.


'Johnno's Dead'? Sounds a bit dark. If it wasn't dark, it wouldn't be Chris Shepherd. His reputation is built on a fascination with the dark side of life and he's frequently taken animation to places other animators fear to tread.

He began life as an animator in 1989 when his attempt to make a drama was thwarted by a lack of actors. He modelled his own out of plasticine and never looked back.


To be fair, plasticine is a lot more pliable. He set-up a company called Slinky Pictures and made TV commercials as well as providing animation to pioneering sketch show 'Big Train' and the much loved 'Nathan Barley'.


That's a CV and a half. In 2003, he made the acclaimed film 'Dad's Dead' which - as you might guess from the title - is something of a precursor to his latest offering.



The 'Johnno's Dead' LIA screening is at 6.30 at the Barbican and Shepherd will be joined afterwards on the stage by some of the cast and crew for a Q&A session.


Sounds amazing... how do I get along? Ask Danny Fleet at Hotspur & Argyle. He's on 020 7439 3130 or danny@hotspurandargyle.co.uk

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