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Affairs of the Art

Joanna Quinn and Les Mills
2021 | 16 min
2D Animation

Selections and Awards

  • Special Jury Distinction for Direction – Short FilmAnnecy International Animation Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Award for Best Animation – International CompetitionClermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France (2021)

  • Jury Award in the Comedy categoryAspen Shortsfest, Colorado, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Award for Best Short FilmKaboom Animation Festival, Amsterdam (2021)

  • Audience Award – International CompetitionFantoche International Animation Film Festival, Baden, Switzerland (2021)

  • Grand Competition - Short FilmWorld Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb, Croatia (2021)

  • International Competition Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film, Germany (2021)

  • World Animation for Adults Hong Kong International Film Festival (2021)

  • Official CompetitionREGARD - Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionPalm Springs International ShortFest, California (2021)

  • Official SelectionLos Angeles Shorts International Film Festival (LA Shorts), California (2021)

  • Official SelectionConcorto Film Festival, Italy (2021)

  • Official SelectionEncounters Film Festival, Bristol, United Kingdom (2021)

  • Official Selection, International Competition – ShortBucheon International Animation Festival, South Korea (2021)

  • Official SelectionOttawa International Animation Film Festival, Canada (2021)

  • Official SelectionThis is England - Rouen British Short Film Festival, France (2021)

  • Official SelectionEdmonton International Film Festival, Canada (2021)

  • Official Selection – International Competition Animasyros International Animation Festival, Greece (2021)

  • Official Selection – International Competition Animest International Animated Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania (2021)

  • Official SelectionChicago International Film Festival, U.S.A. (2021)

  • Official Selection – International Competition Animatou - International Animation Film Festival, Geneva, Switzerland (2021)

  • Official SelectionVienna Shorts International Short Film Festival, Austria (2021)

  • Official SelectionIAFF Animator, Pozan, Poland (2021)

  • Official SelectionGuanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico (2021)

More Selections and Awards


Long synopsis


ONE-LINER & TWO-LINER


DESCRIPTION OF ANIMATION TECHNIQUE


INTERVIEW WITH JOANNA QUINN AND LES MILLS

Promotional Materials

Trailer

Images

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Credits

Film by
Joanna Quinn and Les Mills

Beryl
Menna Trussler

Ifor . Colin . Lenin . Interviewer
Brendan Charleson

Beverly
Joanna Quinn

Mum . Edie
Mali Ann Rees

Animation
Joanna Quinn
James Nutting

Additional Animation
Marci Rojas
Mia Rose Goddard
Eliot Cseh
Gemma Roberts
Arjan Wilschut
Alex Thompson . Yoana Georgieva
Jordan Alexander Davies . Becky Peel

Clean up & Assisting
Marci Rojas
Eliot Cseh
Hannah Jones
Bryony Evans
Mia Rose Goddard

Colour Design
Les Mills

TVP Colour Design & Compositing
Mia Rose Goddard

After Effects Compositing
Francine Breslin
Mia Rose Goddard

Additional After Effects Compositing
Daniel Evans . Eliot Cseh
Lauren Orme

Editor
Mia Rose Goddard

Video Post Production
Gelert

Original Music
Benjamin Talbott of John Hardy Music

Other Music
Pavanne Pour Une Infante Défunte
Composed by Maurice Ravel . Performance by Anja Woschick
Published by Warner Chappell

Internationale
Composed by Eugène Pottier/Pierre DeGeyter
Performed by The Moscow Academic Choir
Published By Silva Screen Records Ltd

Body Percussion (Flamenco Rhythm)
Composed & Performed by Salvo Russo
With permission from Salvo Russo

Voices Recording
John Hardy Music
Gorilla TV Ltd.
Bang Post Production Ltd.

Sound Design
Olivier Calvert

Foley Artist
Nicolas Gagnon

Re-Recording Mixer
Paul McFadden
Bang Post Production Ltd.

Technical Advisor NFB
Eloi Champagne

Technical Coordination NFB
Luc Binette
Randell Finnerty

Marketing NFB
Geneviève Bérard
Émilie Ryan

Administration NFB
Rosalina Di Sario
Dominique Forget
Faisal Moula

Thanks to
Catrin Unwin
Sue Goddard
Brian Murrell
Brian Mills
Jane Murrell
Phil Davies
Claire Jennings
Larry Miller
Anna Elizabeth Eijsbouts
Dina Velikovskaya
Lesley Adams and Farnham Animation UCA
Paloma Quinn Mills

Producer NFB
Michael Fukushima

Written and Produced by
Les Mills

Directed by
Joanna Quinn

A Co-Production between Beryl Productions International Ltd and The National Film Board of Canada.

www.berylproductions.co.uk
www.nfb.ca

© MMXX1 Beryl Productions International Ltd and the National Film Board of Canada



Team


Joanna Quinn
Director
Biography
Photo
Photo : M. Rojas


Joanna Quinn

Joanna Quinn is one of Britain’s most distinctive animators. Her first film, Girls Night Out (1987), featuring working-class heroine Beryl, was a humorous riposte to machismo and a celebration of uninhibited female sexuality that won three major awards at Annecy. Since introducing audiences to Beryl, Joanna and her writing and producing partner, Les Mills, have created three more personal films about her: Body Beautiful, Dreams and Desires: Family Ties, and Beryl’s newest adventure, Affairs of the Art. The politics of gender and oppression, along with Joanna’s obsessive fascination and delight with exploring the eccentricities of the female body, remain the central themes of their work together. Joanna’s dynamic, fluid style makes her animation vibrant, energetic and unique. Her films—including Britannia, a savage indictment of British imperialism—have won just about every major international award, including BAFTAs and Emmys, in addition to receiving two Oscar® nominations. A committed educator, Joanna lectures at major colleges and universities around the world.


Les Mills
Screenwriter and Producer (Beryl Productions International)
Biography
Photo
Photo : Joanna Quinn


Les Mills

Les Mills studied at Cardiff University, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Rutgers University in the US, where he completed a master’s degree in fine art and art history. He has taught art, design, filmmaking and animation, and became course director in Film and Animation Production at the Film School of the University of Wales, Newport. In 2002, he left teaching to focus on Beryl Productions International, founded with Joanna Quinn in 1987.

Les first collaborated with Joanna on her graduation film, Girls Night Out. He also wrote and produced the next three Beryl films: Body Beautiful and Dreams and Desires: Family Ties, which have won 45 international awards (including the 2007 European Cartoon d’Or) and received a BAFTA nomination, and Beryl’s latest romp, Affairs of the Art. Les also produced Wife of Bath, an animated adaptation of one of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, which won a BAFTA and three Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar®.


Michael Fukushima
Executive Producer (NFB)
Biography
Photo
Photo : David Fine


Michael Fukushima

Michael Fukushima was the executive producer of the NFB’s world-renowned English Program Animation Studio from 2013 to 2021. After briefly freelancing following college, Fukushima joined the NFB in 1990 as a filmmaker before becoming a studio producer. During his distinguished tenure at the NFB he produced or executive-produced more than 200 films, including projects with Oscar winners Alison Snowden, David Fine and Torill Kove. In 2014 Fukushima became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His interests include a great passion for the outdoors, as both an avid skier and all-season cyclist.

Press Relations

  • Nadine Viau
    NFB Publicist – Montreal
    C.: 514-458-9745
    n.viau@nfb.ca

  • About Beryl Productions International

    Founded in 1987 by Joanna Quinn and Les Mills, Beryl Productions specializes in individually hand-drawn character animation, producing high-quality, accessible work that uses humour as an essential element.

    Beloved films by Beryl Productions include Body Beautiful, Dreams and Desires: Family Ties and most recently, Affairs of the Art, a co-production with the National Film Board of Canada. The company has won close to 100 international awards, including three Emmys, four Baftas, the European Cartoon d’Or and numerous Grand Prix Jury prizes. Famous Fred, based on a children’s book by Posy Simmonds, and Wife of Bath, part of the Canterbury Tales series, both received Oscar® nominations.

    The company has also produced many commissioned films and TV commercials for the North American, Mexican and European markets, including its renowned Charmin bear ads. Beryl Productions also created a highly successful series of Whiskas cat-food ads for the US.

  • About the NFB

    The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is a leader in exploring animation as an artform, a storytelling medium and innovative content for emerging platforms. It produces trailblazing animated works both in its Montreal studios and across  the country, and it works with many of the world’s leading creators on international co-productions. NFB productions have won more than 7,000 awards, including seven Oscars for NFB animation and seven grand prizes at the Annecy festival. To access this unique content, visit NFB.ca.