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Old Hill

Animated tone poem of a child growing up in the Black Country during the sixties.

  • David England
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 21, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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Director Biography - David England

Born in the West Midlands, uk, 1954.
No formal training in anything, but a painter from an early age.
From 1995 concentrated on stone carving.

“As a child I never went to the cinema, apart from the odd treat when our family was on holiday. The first movie I went to on my own was in my mid-teens – the re-release of ‘Fantasia’ and it blew me away. I realised that film was this multi-disciplined medium that was a true ART form.

During the seventies I was a film junkie and around 1978, in Liverpool, I decided I would try for a grant to make a movie about my great grandmother. I made a demo reel and they gave me some money to make the film, in 16mm.
Footage was shot to rotoscope and animate.

I moved away from Liverpool. The film was started but I ran out of money because film stock and camera hire was so expensive in those days.
‘Old Hill’ is my third animated film.
In 2020 I made two shorts:
‘174RKdeValse’ and ‘Small Empires’

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Director Statement

‘Old Hill’ is a bunch of memories translated into a fantasy film about growing up.
There are lots of cultural references that were the centre of my universe at the time. The toys – the TV programmes and the music.
The streets were scenery backdrops where you played your games – projected your dreams and ‘flew’.