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George Sander Jackson


'No-One is Illegal'
A film by George Sander Jackson
Voice: Forward Maisokwadzo

thanks to 'actors for refugees'
duration: 01:30
'No-One is Illegal' is about a Zimbabwean asylum seeker and explores his personal experience of the UK asylum system.

I saw a performance of
Asylum Monologues in Bristol, and was greatly moved by the images it conjured in my mind, so I sought permission from Sonja Linden and Christine Bacon to edit the play for an animated film. I chose to use ink on board under a rostrum camera as I felt this dark morphing imagery would capture the claustrophobic and opressive experiences it depicts. I wanted the voice-over to be authentic, and was lucky to receive the help of Forward Maisokwadzo, a Zimbabwean who lives in Bristol and runs the Exiled Journalist Network. The project represented everything I aspire to as a visual storyteller, bringing to life real events and finding a new audience for human experiences that are often overlooked.'

The film has screened at
Survival International’s Cinema Space during Refugee Week 2008, and was also on the ‘Fourdocs 3MinuteWonder’ website. It won a Special commendation at Animated Exeter 2008, was selected for Guardian Unlimited Cyber Cinema Freshest Shorts on the Web January 2011, and was shortlisted for the DepicT award at Encounters film festival. It also received a Silver Medal from the 2008 student show of prestigious contemporary illustration magazine 3x3.

On the back of this film George Sander Jackson was chosen to animate part of a Biopic about
Graham Chapman ( using the same technique to depict his experiences of 'drying out' from alcohol. The challenge was to turn ink on glass animation 3D, something never before achieved. The film will be released in Cinemas in the UK in the spring of 2012.