Award-winning animator returns to Liverpool
3 April 2007
As a writer, director and artist, Chris Shepherd has received international acclaim, winning awards at events including the Prague Short Film Festival and St Louis International Film Festival, as well as gaining a cult following via his animation work on Chris Morris' 2005 Channel 4 series Nathan Barley and the infamous stare-out competition on BBC comedy Big Train.
Visitors to FACT will get the chance to see some of Chris' most famous and locally inspired films, which have given his work a global profile, including his most recent Silence is Golden (2006) which won the TCM Classic Shorts Award at the 2006 London Film Festival.
"The quality of light is different in the 'pool: brighter, cleaner than anywhere else. That's what coloured my youth and made me what I am. I'm really proud FACT is showing these films in the place they belong."
Winning 25 international awards, including Best Short Film at the British Independent Film Awards and a BAFTA nomination, Dad's Dead (2003) is a groundbreaking short film, combining animation with live action. Set in the city its is narrated by fellow Liverpool actor Ian Hart (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, BackBeat, Land and Freedom), Dad's Dead was Chris' first commission for Channel 4's animate! His second, Who I Am and What I Want (2005), co-written and directed with artist David Shrigley, will also be shown on the night. With that in mind, the evening is dedicated to the memory of the inspirational animate! producer, Dick Arnall who died in February.
Chris says of the producer, "Dick was interested in people - a one off. He was a champion for outsiders and genre breakers but most of all he was a good mate."
Films showing at FACT include Silence is Golden (2006), Who I Am and What I Want (2005), Dad's Dead (2003), Big Train (excerpt Series 1, 1998), The Broken Jaw (1997) and Safari (1989). This screening is part of SEEN, FACT's experimental and adventurous film programme.