'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.