Ivor Wood: A Celebration at the BFI

Hello Ivor Wood fans, I have some exciting news! On Sunday 26th August at 1pm there will be a celebration of Ivor Wood’s work and career at the BFI Southbank, London!

Ivor Wood: A Celebration - BFI Southbank 26th August 2018

Ivor Wood: A Celebration – BFI Southbank 26th August 2018

Hosted by the BFI the panel will include Ivor Wood expert Joseph Wallace, Ivor’s son Sean and myself. We’ll be talking all about Ivor’s work and long lasting career in stop-motion animation. Everything will be covered from his days at La Comete in Paris working on the Magic Roundabout all the way through to Woodland Animations and some sneak peaks at some ideas that never quite saw the light of day.

If you missed the great talk we all did at Manchester Animation Festival last November then make sure you grab a ticket for this at https://whatson.bfi.org.uk. There are still some left so we hope to see some of you there

The talk will be a part of the BFI’s animation season, which covers a plethora of animation events, screenings and talks. August is all about Children’s TV and boy do the Brits to it well. Here’s a bit from the BFI about what they are looking to achieve:

Not Just For Adults (August)

“He has bequeathed us a rich legacy of programmes that will continue to be shown for many years to come, all bearing his unique touch”
Michael Bond on Ivor Wood

The UK is envied across the world for its high-quality animated TV shows – Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart present a month of children’s animation.

Much of our focus so far has concentrated on work made by independent pioneers or experimental artists, so this month we look at an area more commonly associated with quality British animation: animation for children, and in particular for TV. As well as having a nostalgia moment as we revisit the great work of stop-motion director Ivor Wood – who produced many beloved shows such as Postman Pat and The Magic Roundabout – we also look at the companies who have taken Wood’s baton to ensure a new generation are well served. Karrot Animation, Blue Zoo and Studio AKA are just three of many UK animation studios thriving in this area.

Justin Johnson and Jez Stewart

It’s going to be a fantastic event to be a part of and really nice to celebrate Ivor’s career in the city he called home. It’ll also be great to have Ivor’s son Sean on the panel ready to give an insight into his fathers life and what it was like to live with a sometimes quite eccentric creator.

Hope to see you all there and if you do pop down then come say hi!

3 thoughts on “Ivor Wood: A Celebration at the BFI

  1. Kevin says:

    Thanks for alerting me to this! It isn’t too far from me and it sounds brilliant, so I’ll seriously consider attending. I wonder : will – like the Manchester talk you did – the recently rediscovered Herbs puppets be there too? (Fingers crossed!)


  2. Kevin says:

    Hi Tom! The event was great, and it was nice of you. Sean, and Joseph to take the time to chat afterwards. I hope everything goes well with the planned book that was mentioned during the Q & A : I’d love to see more of those Charlie Chalk character designs! Take care, and again, keep up the excellent work with your blog!


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