Friday, January 21, 2011


Harvie Krumpet
In the lead up to the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27th, we are revisiting past nominees and winners in the short film categories, all of which you can download from iTunesToday, 2003 Best Animated Short Film winner, Harvie Krumpet.

Australia | 22 mins

Director/Writer: Adam Elliot
Producer: Melanie Coombs

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Julie Forsyth, Kamahl, John Flaus 

The odd biography of a man who has Tourette's Syndrome, chronic bad luck, menial jobs, nudist tendencies, and a book of "fakts" hung around his neck.

Director Adam Elliot had a number of short films under his belt, prior to tackling Harvie Krumpet. With it's broad scope and complex narrative, the film was shot over the course of a year, utilising an innovative software that allowed the creator to view captured frames while working (a tool that has since revolutionised the production of stop-motion animation).

On completion, the film screened at over 100 film festivals worldwide winning over 40 awards including the 2003 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. Adam Elliot has since directed his first feature film Mary and Max, a stop-motion drama starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Toni Collette.