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Norman McLaren’s Classics at LIFF29 Programme Launch

McLaren_Shoots_NeighboursOctober 9th, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm, Leeds Town Hall

As part of Light Night Leeds, the full 29th Leeds International Film Festival programme will be revealed at Leeds Town Hall on Friday 9th October at 6.30pm. After a free feature length preview of films showing at this year’s festival, Short Film City will present a 45-minute selection of legendary Scottish-born, Canadian experimental film artist Norman McLaren‘s beautiful animated musical classics.

Many of  Norman McLaren’s short films won International Film Festival Awards, including the Academy Award (Oscar) for 1952’s NEIGHBOURS. McLaren (1914 – 1987) was an early champion of animated sound and has influenced artists, filmmakers and musicians, from Picasso and Truffaut to Lucas and Linklater. Join us for this celebration of an innovative, world-renown filmmaker, who grew up in Scotland, worked in London and New York and finally immigrated to Canada, where he founded the Animation Department of their burgeoning National Film Board.

The screening’s line up includes McLaren’s three personal favourites Begone Dull Care, Neighbours and Pas de Deux:

Opening Speech: McLaren (1960)

Begone Dull Care (1949)

Neighbours (1952)

A Chairy Tale (1957)

La Merle (1958)

Pas de Deux (1968)

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