Aunt Marulan And The Magic Soap

Captain Longtail needs Lisa’s help to find his remaining crew who have been turned into soap figurines by Lisa’s “evil” Aunt Marulan

  • Michelle Lia
  • Michelle Lia
  • Michelle Lia
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Short
  • Genres:
    children's, kids
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    300 AUD
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  • International Noncommercial Animation Festival BEAR
    Dresden, Germany
    March 19, 2015
    World Premiere
  • Deep Fried Film Festival
    North Lanarkshire, Scotland
    UK Premiere
  • Auburn International Film Festival
    Sydney Australia
    September 14, 2015
    Asia Pacific Premiere
  • Pervolia Film Festival
    September 4, 2015
    Cyprus Premiere
  • Near Nazareth Film Festival
    Israel Premiere
  • Joy House Film Festival
    September 13, 2015
  • Women Media Arts Film Festival
    September 26, 2015
  • Los Angeles International Children's Film Festival
    Los Angeles, USA
    USA Premiere
  • Adelaide Kids Film Festival
    Adelaide, Australia
    South Australian Premiere
  • Multivision Festival
    Russian Premiere
  • Visionaria
    November 12, 2015
    Italian Premiere
  • Melaka Arts and Performance Festival
    Malaysian Premiere
  • Comic Con 2016
    San Diego
    United States
    July 24, 2016
  • Wonder Con 2016
    Los Angeles
    United States
    March 27, 2016
  • KidFilm Film Festival
    United States
    April 20, 2016
  • MICE Valencia Film Festival
    Spanish Premiere
  • Malta Film Children Festival
  • Blackbird Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    April 21, 2016
  • Oz Ark Monthly Film Screenings
    United States
  • Constantine's Gold Coin Film Festival
    Serbian Premiere
  • Hsin- Yi Children's Animation Awards

    Asian and Taiwanese Premiere
Director Biography - Michelle Lia

Michelle is an alumna of Sydney Film School where she first gained experience working across various departments. She has produced a range of both shorts and documentary including the observational documentary To See which was acquired by and premiered at the International Documentary Forum Bejiing, the short film Barton The Ghost Catcher which screened at multiple festivals including Flickerfest and Dungog as well as her last short Grandma which won the 2012 City of Sydney Youth Film Showcase and screened both here and internationally at festivals such as Little Big Shots and LA International Children’s Film Festival, also being acquired by indieflix and indieReign.

Michelle also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Economy from USYD and a Masters of Legal Studies from UTS. She recently completed the coveted Producer Extension Placement program at Screen NSW.

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Director Statement

This story first popped into my head one day while at a friend’s house when we were discussing whacky Christmas Presents that we’d received. I had one aunt in particular who would gift me mountains of soap year after year. I didn’t think I could turn the story into a short until someone had mentioned it to me as a joke.
I actually grew to like the idea and decided to make it as a children’s animation. Suffice to say, I wrote the script and now here we are with a short film entitled Aunt Marulan And The Magic Soap.

Aunt Marulan And The Magic Soap is meant to be a fun story to entertain kids – a cross between King Arthur’s Disasters and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe. Stylistically we wanted to keep it bright and zippy, with the character design smooth and simple – almost reminiscent of children’s drawings. The result is a short that is fun, bright and entertaining.

Lisa’s world is one that is magical and full of wonder, however the magic is only discovered if you look a little deeper. Everything seems normal, yet at the same time, something is just not quite right. It’s only when you look hard enough that Lisa discovers the hidden world of magical wonder that Aunt Marulan is a part of.